I am about to buy my first utility ATV and really like the Artic Cat 250's. I am concerned about their long term reliability. Can anyone give me a little information? The dealer I am working with is offering one heck of a deal on the 250 4x4--I have heard though that 250cc class bikes don't really have enough power to operate the 4 wheel drive properly, and can bog down in sand or mud. Also, does the fact that the 4 wheel drive is full time increase the chances that the driveline will suffer wear if operated on pavement?---Looking for some general insight--thanks?
From what I have heard, AC is not a very reliable quad. If you are looking for a 250cc 4x4 I would go for the Suzuki QR 250. You will lack power, so I would recommend jumping up to a 300cc 4x4 for a little extra. I would recommend a King Quad, not only because I have one, but because it is a reliable, and a good 4x4 all around.
250 seems a little small. How big are you? The Arctic Cat is probably a fine bike, I looked at them before I bought my Polaris, They didn't offer selectable 4x4. AC has been building engines for quite some time now, they do however seem to be having a hard time selling them in the ATV market. Good luck with your choice. You probably should consider a bigger machine if your dead set on a 4x4.