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Old 09-24-2010, 09:08 PM
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ATV mileage?

Hey i was just wondering what the highest mileage you guys have ever seen on an atv. When i was looking for a new atv one of the dealers told me not to expect more then 10,000km on an atv before it starts to break down. This seems really low, because i used to have a yamaha 450 and it had over 14,000km and i never had any problemes with it. I have also seen a few Hondas with over 30,000km.

Anyways i was just wondering how long the average atv should last.
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Old 09-24-2010, 09:18 PM
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all depend on how much u care for it dont change the fluids and clean it enough it might only last 5000 or less
as far as max that i have seen 9000 mile it was in a junk yard(got rolled frame twisted to hell ) and the motor still ran lol
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Old 09-24-2010, 09:20 PM
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Good question! Where I live most people just have old junkyish atvs and they dont really know what a nice one is. I would say that you should be able to keep one of these new ATVs for 10-15 years before you should NEED to replace it. These ATV's claim to be so damn tough and long lasting but the fact is some just plain arent built to last.
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Old 09-24-2010, 09:31 PM
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I've noticed a lot of people where i live talk all big about their atv lasting for 15-20 years, but when you ask them how much they use them, they usually reply something like 2-3 times a year.
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Old 09-24-2010, 10:28 PM
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Take care of it and not beat the crap out of it and it will last you quite a while. I have almost 4000 miles on my 2005 800 and it still runs great! So far, the only thing I've had to replace is the battery and the upper and lower tie rod ends.
I also get it tuned up and replace the fluids every spring (might be overkill, but I can't afford anything major to go wrong )
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Old 09-25-2010, 02:10 AM
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Maintanance is the key to keeping them on the trails for a long time. You take care of it and not beat it up it will give you ten or fifteen years of great riding before the repairs cost more than a new quad.
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Old 09-25-2010, 02:14 AM
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I think the bottom line is; you take care of it, it will take care of you. Mine has 6200 miles and counting.
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Old 09-25-2010, 09:15 AM
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I have seen polaris sportsmans in the shops from farmers with 10,000-15,000 miles on their sportsmans. but maintenance is absoultely key.

there is also a 24 hour a day dairy farm that has six 2008 trailbosses, and they said these things literally run 24 hours a day, 5 days a week, for the last 2 years. they have 3 crews that run 8 hour shifts.

They are in the shop 2-3 times a week buying some part for one of the trailbosses. But the owner is perfectly happy with these machines. He said they put more abuse on those machines in 1 day then most people put on their machine in 3 years.

Even in this case, maintenance is key
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Old 09-25-2010, 07:06 PM
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Maintanance is the key to keeping them on the trails for a long time. You take care of it and not beat it up it will give you ten or fifteen years of great riding before the repairs cost more than a new quad.
I will be 65 years old in Oct and purchased a 2010 800 last May. After reading your comment, the wives new boyfriend will end up with a nice machine after I'm gone.
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I had a 2000 5oo sportsman up until last year. Cant tell the miles, but i put that machine to the test ALL the time. rolled it,(2X) down a mountain, used it for hunting, buried it in mud and muck, crossed creeks that most would only call a river and wouldnt dare try. Hauled wood, pulled logs, the list could go on. Rode that machine more than my ol ......well.you get the picture. That was my first polaris and i was sold . I use a quad like its a truck. I always made it a point to change all the fluids each spring without fail and sometimes i would do it three to four times. I went thru two sets of tires before i finally got some real mud cleets. Cant remember the brand though. Just like anything you have the good and the bad but its always..... always got to do with the maintanence on your part. Cant be lazy about it. treat it right and it will love you back.
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