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Re: What would be the best 4x4 Atv ?? for me
I'll definitely agree with Honda's reliability. My uncle is still riding around in the deer woods on his 83 model Honda 3-wheeler.. yes i said 3 wheeler! it's pretty beat up but the sucker can still carry 2 people out to the stand and back through east-Arkansas mud (read SWAMP) after 20 years of abuse. very impressive. I know a couple people with Suzuki King Quads from the early 90's and they are still going strong. I'd avoid these newfangled automatic transmissions, i hear they dont like water and honestly i dont know what was wrong with the manual shift with autoclutch, it works fine and lasts forever if you dont race it. i guess ATVs are just like cars, they need new crappy "features" to jack up the prices... and damn they've gotten expensive!
Considering how many hours the average ATV is actually in use, I would say that if you take care of them and do routine maintenance, any of the ATVs on the market should last you 10 years without major problems. On the other hand, if you never change fluids or grease and beat the crap out of any of them, you could probably kill any of them in no time flat.