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Hey guys,

I'm new to the sport, and am looking to buy a used quad within the next month. I'm sure I'll have options on here to post to get input on whether It's a good deal or not.

That being said, what should I be looking for in terms of mileage? I'm not looking to spend over $4k, while I want a dependable unit with a well sized engine.

Also, what size engine would you recommend? I'll mostly be trail riding and may want to ride double at times. What I don't want to do is purchase an underpowered machine.

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First off, Hello & Welcome :wave:

You can buy alot for $4000 cash!!! I'd shop in the $4000-4700, remember money talks. And if cash is in hand a $45-4700 machine can quickly become a $4000-4200 sale!!

But that $4k should be able to get you into a nice/clean 2008-2012'ish Sportsman 500. As I've seen a couple 2012 Sportsman 500's advertised semi-locally for around $4200-4700. But they do show some use like broken racks, or higher mileage, ect.

But also keep in mind that a Brand New 2013-2014 Sportsman 400 (450cc) can be found OTD for about $5100-5200. Then you know how ever mile has been treated!

Here are a couple used Sportsman 500 examples (in my area): http://fargo.craigslist.org/snd/4401072501.html & http://fargo.craigslist.org/snd/4394563150.html

Most important - Shop around and test ride many!!! One of them will "speak to you" and "feel right"!!

"ATV Mileage".... it really depends!! A machine with 1000 +/- miles can be in worse condition all round then a machine with 2500-3000 miles..... it all boils down to how it was treated, maintained and serviced!!! I personally try to keep the miles as low as possible and the condition as super clean as possible, but I'm anal/OCD about how my things look and are maintained.

As for what "Engine Size".... how big of a "power freak" are you? The 500 fits many peoples needs and then some, but if you like power..... look for a 600, 700 or even 800. But be ready to spen some more money on gas. As the bigger they are, the more they drink... simple fact.

Many member here would be more than willing to review a deal your looking at and review any link (Craig's List, ect) you have..... many eyes looking at it can see different problems or things that aren't normal/right!!

Gook Luck in your search and keep us posted!


EDIT: From your screen name is it safe to say you're located in IL?
 

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All very good points mentioned above. I recommend just a sporty500HO, got my '10 w/42 hrs & 332 miles for 3500. But what really sold me was the driver's profile, older fart like me that after meeting with I could tell did not jump, mud or submerge the unit. I always check the air cleaner, it will tell you a lot (found dried mud in more than one!) then the engine oil condition. Shop around, take your time, good deals are out there!
 

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First off, Hello & Welcome :wave:

You can buy alot for $4000 cash!!! I'd shop in the $4000-4700, remember money talks. And if cash is in hand a $45-4700 machine can quickly become a $4000-4200 sale!!

But that $4k should be able to get you into a nice/clean 2008-2012'ish Sportsman 500. As I've seen a couple 2012 Sportsman 500's advertised semi-locally for around $4200-4700. But they do show some use like broken racks, or higher mileage, ect.

But also keep in mind that a Brand New 2013-2014 Sportsman 400 (450cc) can be found OTD for about $5100-5200. Then you know how ever mile has been treated!

Here are a couple used Sportsman 500 examples (in my area): http://fargo.craigslist.org/snd/4401072501.html & http://fargo.craigslist.org/snd/4394563150.html

Most important - Shop around and test ride many!!! One of them will "speak to you" and "feel right"!!

"ATV Mileage".... it really depends!! A machine with 1000 +/- miles can be in worse condition all round then a machine with 2500-3000 miles..... it all boils down to how it was treated, maintained and serviced!!! I personally try to keep the miles as low as possible and the condition as super clean as possible, but I'm anal/OCD about how my things look and are maintained.

As for what "Engine Size".... how big of a "power freak" are you? The 500 fits many peoples needs and then some, but if you like power..... look for a 600, 700 or even 800. But be ready to spen some more money on gas. As the bigger they are, the more they drink... simple fact.

Many member here would be more than willing to review a deal your looking at and review any link (Craig's List, ect) you have..... many eyes looking at it can see different problems or things that aren't normal/right!!

Gook Luck in your search and keep us posted!


EDIT: From your screen name is it safe to say you're located in IL?
Thanks a lot for the indepth post! I really appreciate your help! I'll definitely keep you guys updated on my search.

Yup, I'm in IL. Go Illini!

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I agree with what the others have said. A used 500 is a very popular model and parts are readily available when needed. In my opinion, you really don't need a bigger twin unless you have a distinct reason for it. A 500 will go 50-55. Do you really want to go faster than that?
 

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I agree with what the others have said. A used 500 is a very popular model and parts are readily available when needed. In my opinion, you really don't need a bigger twin unless you have a distinct reason for it. A 500 will go 50-55. Do you really want to go faster than that?
Good point. No I don't have a particular need for it. So that sportsman 500 or 570 EFI is probably a great choice? There are loads of 500s on the market

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If you ride a 500 and it feels like it has the power you want, I would suggest that you don't ride an 800 or larger. If you ride an 800 first, you likely won't like the feel of a 500. My first ATV was an 800, and it ruined me for anything smaller. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the 500, and my wife loves hers, but for myself, I can't go backwards in the power department.
Take your time and try not to fall in love with the first one you sit on. (unless it's a perfect machine) There are some great machines out there for great prices if you are patient enough to look around.
 

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Ok here's one I'm looking at. It's at a dealer. Thoughts?

2004 Polaris Sportsman 600 twin
1292 miles
$3,600.

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Ok here's one I'm looking at. It's at a dealer. Thoughts?

2004 Polaris Sportsman 600 twin
1292 miles
$3,600.

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It all comes down to what you are comfortable with. I just picked up an 06 800 EFI for $3900, with 1600 miles. Probably more like 2600 but, I was comfortable with it. It needed some things and will eventually get some paint, but, it came with a Polaris winch, upgraded wheels, ITP mud lites, and a cargo box. My other acquisitions are in order of purchase: 04 400 Sportsman (early model) w/just under 700 mi and 200 hours for $2500 (in 2011). An 08 500 EFI, with just under 1240 mi and 190 hours. MINT condition for $2800, purchased in 2013 (Owner hurt their back and needed $$. I will probably NEVER see a deal like that again!). 07 450 HO, 1170 mi and under 200 hours $3200. Owned by someone around 58-60 years old. It did have some body damage but otherwise is a sound machine. The 800 was purchased the same day as the 450, in the middle of Feb 2014. Look long and hard, be prepared with many questions, dicker over price, and, if one strikes your fancy, be ready to "pull the trigger". I saw more than one get away from me! Hope this helps!
 

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Ok here's one I'm looking at. It's at a dealer. Thoughts?

2004 Polaris Sportsman 600 twin
1292 miles
$3,600.

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It all comes down to what you are comfortable with. I just picked up an 06 800 EFI for $3900, with 1600 miles. Probably more like 2600 but, I was comfortable with it. It needed some things and will eventually get some paint, but, it came with a Polaris winch, upgraded wheels, ITP mud lites, and a cargo box. My other acquisitions are in order of purchase: 04 400 Sportsman (early model) w/just under 700 mi and 200 hours for $2500 (in 2011). An 08 500 EFI, with just under 1240 mi and 190 hours. MINT condition for $2800, purchased in 2013 (Owner hurt their back and needed $$. I will probably NEVER see a deal like that again!). 07 450 HO, 1170 mi and under 200 hours $3200. Owned by someone around 58-60 years old. It did have some body damage but otherwise is a sound machine. The 800 was purchased the same day as the 450, in the middle of Feb 2014. Look long and hard, be prepared with many questions, dicker over price, and, if one strikes your fancy, be ready to "pull the trigger". I saw more than one get away from me! Hope this helps!

Oh, and, don't limit yourself to just local. I gradually spread out my search and ended up traveling 110 or so miles 1 way to get a bargain. I also had my own trailer and was willing to make a trip. This actually helped me in the long run because, people local to me thought their machines were made of gold or something and would not dicker on price. I looked for weeks, literally, till I found what I wanted!!
 

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Ok here's one I'm looking at. It's at a dealer. Thoughts?

2004 Polaris Sportsman 600 twin
1292 miles
$3,600.

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Had an 03 700 and if that's the old style like mine I'd say keep looking. They had some problems with those year models. Mine wiped out cam lode and had to replace the voltage regulator twice. I've heard may others having problems with the charging system ( stator , flywheel magnets and so on) . I think there's an upgrade kit for it for around $500 plus labor if you can't do it yourself. After I bought mine I wished I'd of waited and gotten a newer 500 instead. My brother has a 08 500 EFI and it had just as much power as my 700. It may of just been me and my bad luck getting a bad one but that's my .02 I'd say keep looking for a newer one. I just saw on local CL that a guy was selling an 09 (i think) 500 for $3800.
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Ok here's one I'm looking at. It's at a dealer. Thoughts?

2004 Polaris Sportsman 600 twin
1292 miles
$3,600.

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Had an 03 700 and if that's the old style like mine I'd say keep looking. They had some problems with those year models. Mine wiped out cam lode and had to replace the voltage regulator twice. I've heard may others having problems with the charging system ( stator , flywheel magnets and so on) . I think there's an upgrade kit for it for around $500 plus labor if you can't do it yourself. After I bought mine I wished I'd of waited and gotten a newer 500 instead. My brother has a 08 500 EFI and it had just as much power as my 700. It may of just been me and my bad luck getting a bad one but that's my .02 I'd say keep looking for a newer one. I just saw on local CL that a guy was selling an 09 (i think) 500 for $3800.
Hope this helps and good luck!
04 was the change for the better. They went with the better stator/cdi and that is the year they upgraded the front end. Have seen a few people talking about the upgrade. I think that is the correct info. My early model 04 400 and my Cousins late model 04 400 are mostly trouble free. I personally would not go any earlier than 04, just my .02. :veryhappy: That 09 500 for $3800 sounds good!!
 

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The 600 is kind of a piece of crap.

Better off to stick with a 500.
 

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If you did get an extremely good deal on a 600 I would make sure it has the updated Kokusan ignition system over the ticking time bomb Ducati one.

I've seen mixed info online that Ducati system was still being used in some '04 models but completely eliminated when the mid-year '04.5s came out.

I would probably go with a 2004.5 model or the last year they were made in 2005 to be safe.

Also make sure the ECM recall was performed if you pick up a 2004 or 2005 if in affected lists.

https://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2008/Polaris-Industries-Expands-Recall-of-ATVs-Due-to-Fire-Hazard/


Model Year Market Name Model Number
2004 SPRTSMN 500 A04CH50AO
2004 SPRTSMN 500 A04CH50AR
2004 SPRTSMN 500 A04CH50AS
2005 INT 500 HO A05MH50FB
2005 SCRMBLR 500 4X4 A05BG50AA
2005 SPRTSMN 400 A05MH42AB
2005 SPRTSMN 400 A05MH42AG
2005 SPRTSMN 400 A05MH42AH
2005 SPRTSMN 500 A05MH50AB
2005 SPRTSMN 500 A05MH50AC
2005 SPRTSMN 500 A05MH50AG
2005 SPRTSMN 500 A05MH50AH
2005 SPRTSMN 500 A05MH50AL
2005 SPRTSMN 500 A05MH50AT
2005 SPRTSMN 600 A05MH59AK
2005 SPRTSMN 600 A05MH59AN
2005 SPRTSMN 6X6 A05CL50AA
2005 SPRTSMN 6X6 MIL A05CL50MA
2005 SPRTSMN 700 A05MH68AD
2005 SPRTSMN 700 A05MH68AK
Model Year Market Name Model Number
2005 SPRTSMN 700 A05MH68AN
2005 SPRTSMN 700 MIL A05MH68MB
2005 SPRTSMN MV7 A05MH68AP
2005 SPRTSMN MV7 A05MH68CA
2005 SPRTSMN MV7 A05MH68MA
2006 INT SPTSMAN 500 A06MH50FB
2006 SCRMBLR 500 4X4 A06BG50AA
2006 SPRTSMN 450 A06MH46AA
2006 SPRTSMN 450 A06MH46AC
2006 SPRTSMN 450 A06MH46AD
2006 SPRTSMN 450 A06MH46AF
2006 SPRTSMN 450 A06MH46AT
2006 SPRTSMN 500 A06MH50AA
2006 SPRTSMN 500 A06MH50AB
2006 SPRTSMN 500 A06MH50AD
2006 SPRTSMN 500 A06MH50AF
2006 SPRTSMN 6X6 A06CL50AA
2006 SPRTSMN 700 A06MH68AA
2006 SPRTSMN 700 A06MH68AD
2006 SPRTSMN 700 A06MH68AF

https://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2008/Polaris-Industries-Expands-Recall-of-ATVs-Due-to-Fire-Hazard1/


2004 A04BG50AA Scrambler 500 4x4
2004 A04BG50FA Scrambler 500
2004 A04CH42AQ Sportsman 400
2004 A04CH42AR Sportsman 400
2004 A04CH42AS Sportsman 400
2004 A04CH42AT Sportsman 400
2004 A04CH42AV Sportsman 400
2004 A04CH50AO Sportsman 500
2004 A04CH50AQ Sportsman 500
2004 A04CH50AR Sportsman 500
2004 A04CH50AS Sportsman 500
2004 A04CH50AT Sportsman 500
2004 A04CH50AV Sportsman 500
2004 A04CH50AW Sportsman 500
2004 A04CH50AX Sportsman 500
2004 A04CL50AA Sportsman 6x6
 

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Wow, GREAT info Treacherous!! Thanks!
 

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Don't know if your still looking or if this helps but, I picked up a 2004 sportsman up 3years ago now and I paid 3500 bucks for it. Now I have had bikes since I was 12. And I'm 25 now so I do consider myself experienced( not sounding professional manner). But yes go with a 500. I find the 400 so under powered. Its comfy, and its also good on fuel. But if I were you and wanted a bike that's easy to maintain in general, plus be able to play a bit. The 500 sportsman's the way to go.

And Shop around man, there's always a good deal out there.
 

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Thanks guys, I appreciate the help. I'm still looking.

Here's another. I know its not Polaris but I'll still ask.

2005 Arctic Cat 500 4x4. 4422 miles,
$3000

Thanks guys!

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Thanks guys, I appreciate the help. I'm still looking.

Here's another. I know its not Polaris but I'll still ask.

2005 Arctic Cat 500 4x4. 4422 miles,
$3000

Thanks guys!

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That's old and high mileage. PASS. My vote is for a brand new 400. U said u have $4,000 to play with then finance $1,000 and pay it off ASAP. With a brand new bike especially a 400 u won't have to worry about any "issue's".:cowboy:
 

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for your price range I'd hold out for a nice 500, 2010 or newer, with as low mileage as possible. But make sure you're taking into account the hours as well. High miles low hours means lots of high speed riding so minimal rough stuff. High hours high mileage means it was ridden often. High Hours Low Milage means it was either riden REALLY slow, or REALY hard. Plowing, mud, rocks crawling etc. Based on where you're at Plowing and mud would be the #1 cause of high hours, low miles. both are very hard on the machine. I'd aim for low hours, low mileage if you can find it. With the new 570 coming out at a great price point a lot of people are dropping their 500's to upgrade. Expect the same thing for the 800's and 850's when the Sportsman 1000 comes out in July.
 

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I know where there is a 99 sportsman 500 with 164 miles on it. Comes with snow plow as well. Older gentlemen owns it. He used it for riding around his lama barns and plowing his driveway. He just upgraded to a mule and is selling ATV for $3800. He happens to live in Southwest michigan though.

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