Most reliable UTV for first time buyer! NEED HELP!

Discussion in 'General UTV Discussion' started by Not your average farmer, Oct 4, 2018.

  1. Not your average farmer

    Not your average farmer New Member

    Oct 4, 2018
    I am in the market for a six seater UTV that will be used around an 18 acre farm for typical farm work. I will not be racing it or doing anything crazy other than hauling stuff around and using it to get around the property. I have looked at the Can Am defender max, Yamaha Viking VI, polaris ranger crew XP, and the Kawasaki Mule pro fxt.

    I am leaning towards the Can Am or the polaris because of the higher towing capacity but one of the most important factors to me is reliability and I have heard that Polaris vehicles become money pits just curious if anyone could chime in about reliability of these manufacturers.

  2. ROTR

    ROTR Rock Crawler

    Mar 9, 2011
    This from Yamaha's facebook page.

    "We’ve always said Yamaha’s ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles are Proven Off-Road and Real World Tough, and we’re backing up those claims with the industry’s first 10-year belt warranty,” said Mike Martinez, Yamaha’s vice president of ATV / SxS group operations. “This is an unprecedented move in the off-road industry, meant to provide the highest level of support to our customers, and send the message that Yamaha firmly believes we have the best, most durable and reliable belts and Ultramatic CVT transmissions in the industry.”
  3. sand shark

    sand shark Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2009
    West Hills, CA
    It seems the choice for most farms/ranches is the Polaris Ranger.
  4. matt.cooper.1460

    matt.cooper.1460 New Member

    Sep 6, 2018
    I have a 19 ranger crew 900xp and if I could reverse course and do it over I would have gotten the mule pro fit I was considering... I also run a teryx and the kawi’s are built brick shit house rugged but that Polaris just seems cheap...I just tore both machine down and did the suspension over and the Polaris was just flimsy junk while the teryx parts were impressive really

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  5. Bruce

    Bruce UNION YES

    Apr 15, 2011
    Have you looked at John Deere?
  6. Not your average farmer

    Not your average farmer New Member

    Oct 4, 2018
    I decided to pull the trigger on the Yamaha Viking VI Ranch edition all because of the 10 year belt warranty. Now lets hope I do not regret it! Thanks for the help everyone.
  7. Caddocreek

    Caddocreek New Member

    Oct 9, 2016
    My experience:

    Polaris quality was poor, problems with overheating and inability of dealer to fix problems after 3 trips to Dealer.

    Kawasaki Pro FXT can’t carry the advertised load without severe ground clearance issues (and that’s with the HD Springs) but otherwise very reliable.

    Don’t have experience with the others but disappointed enough with the Kawasaki lack of load carrying/ground clearance that I want to try a different brand. Tried a lift kit and was what the unit needed but caused a failure which actually required a frame member replacement.

    Good luck on your Yamaha!

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