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Old 10-29-2013, 04:11 PM   #1
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Which is the better deal for my first snowmobile?

I'm looking at a 1998 Ski-Doo Formula Z 600 with reverse, electric start and 2,000 miles for $1200. My second option is a 2003 Yamaha Viper 700 triple with no reverse or electric start and 1300 miles for $2000. My interest is for an inexpensive sled that will be reliable and fun on the Vermont trails. Anyone who has experience with these two sleds I'd love to hear your opinions and knowledge. Thank you.
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I'm sorry to say but as fun as snowmobiles are, I would never call them "reliable".
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I'm sorry to say but as fun as snowmobiles are, I would never call them "reliable".
This. And inexpensive and reliable don't go together either.
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Hey Kevin, not sure if you bought either of those sleds.
Honestly, if you want something that is pretty much bullet proof in the 2k range, I would buy an 01-03 Polaris XC SP 600. The liberty 600 engines pretty much are solid.
There are usually easy to find. The 2003's had the rear tunnel cooler which helps in low snow conditions. I know a couple of guys who have over 10k on the odometers & have done nothing except kept the exhaust valves cleaned and changed the chaincase oil.
I have never ridden a Yamaha but personally have owned a 2002 Polaris 600 XC SP X pkg and currently ride a newer XS chassis Ski Doo. We do a lot of high miles in Vermont and Canada. Good luck and happy trails. The season starts soon & I can't wait.

This is a pic of me & my old 2002 600 XC SP fwiw I sold it for $2k
wish I never got rid of it

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Old 11-14-2013, 04:13 PM   #5
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Thank you for the response Judy. I haven't purchased a sled yet but I see the local Heritage Family Credit Union board filling with possibilities. I'm new to the sport and can't wait to get started. I guess I should start looking for a group to join but I'm unsure of the process.
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from those 2 choices id go with the ski-doo, always been "reliable" as far as sleds go
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I would go with the Yamaha in a heartbeat! I ride Yamaha and only Yamaha because of their reliability.
If you are looking for a sled to just putz around the ski-dattle might be more for you since it is only a 600 with some luxuries. On the other hand, if you want to let 'er rip once in awhile ... the 700 triple is by far the way to go. BAD fast! Bonus.... the Yamaha triples have a unique and oh so beautiful sound (music to my ears).
I am a little bias because I am a Yamaha die-hard, but so far they haven't let me (or my family) down. Good luck in your decision!!!
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