A friend of mine had the output shaft of his 2010 Honda 500 Rancher break requiring complete engine disassembly to replace - should he not buy Honda anymore? He also had the rectifier, alternator, one front drive shaft, winch and other parts fail since it was new. He did not abandon the brand, he just bought a 2018 TRX500FA7 Rubicon 500 Deluxe Auto DCT EPS - figures if it lasts the same amount of time as the old one with more repairs than the old one, then it will be worth the investment. But, he doesn't use it just for fun, it is for working on the farm. It will go places the 4WD truck won't, is easier to navigate in tight situations and easier to retrieve when it breaks. If you are using the quad strictly for recreation, you can expect more repairs than one used for a specific purpose.
Did you ever over rev the engine? Did you ever let it sit and idle for more than 5 minutes? Did you ever 'jump' with it or 'pull wheelies'? Dis you ever run it at top speed for more than 500 feet? Did you ever take through mud deeper than 8 inches for more than about 20 feet? Did it ever not get washed after a mud outing? If yes, then it was abused. Abused vehicles need repairs more often.
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