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    Bought a.... Comparing two lower priced side by sides

    As I've posted in recent months, I've been looking to add a second side by side. Our first side by side, a Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4 XC-SE was purchased for use at our 13 acre cabin in the Ozark's, with limited hunting use on our 40 acre ranch which is leased out for cattle grazing. With the move last summer to a 20 acre property in NW Missouri, the Mule moved from the Ozark's to our new place. It was not long before we realized how much we depended on the UTV for wood hauling, checking and cleaning the property and relaxing rides on the country roads. So, a search for a second SXS was in order.

    Our needs include:
    A unit that will easily fit in the back of our full size pickup.
    A good utility box that tilts easily
    A price point under $10K
    A machine that has a good reputation for quality
    A machine that will allow the addition of a jump seat (hey, we've got grandkids...)
    4 wheel drive
    Storage area for ax, small chain saw, etc...
    Roof

    Our needs DID NOT include:
    Having to go over 25 MPH
    Sound systems, cab, heater or (good grief...) A/C
    Super suspension (a must for faster machines)
    Diesel
    Quad cab (negated ability to fit into truck)

    My first thought was the John Deere mid-size models, but we decided to do some shopping. Thus, we looked at the Polaris Ranger 500, John Deere 560E and Kawasaki SX. I immediately discounted the "off brands" sold at the farm stores and Walmart. I'm sure some of them are great machines, but not what I am looking for.

    For the first time, I included my wife in the decision process, and her comments influenced the process for than I thought. To her, the Polaris Ranger 500 looked "cheap," and more like a toy. I liked the specs (suspension travel, engine), but did agree it looked cheap compared to the JD or Kawasaki. Price, with discounts, was the lowest, but only by $200.

    The 560E looked nice, but had "too much plastic" according to the budget committee. The price, with required accessories, brought it right to the budget limit. The bed was smaller than the Kawasaki. The two dealers I talked to didn't want to discount much, even when I showed them ads from other dealers selling them for $1000 less. Of course, cost really didn't matter, as the budget committee had already spoken.

    The Kawasaki SX, which is a facelift of the older 610 series, the was last one we looked at. The XC-SE edition provided LED lighting, roof, nice paint, nice wheels and larger tires that give greater ground clearance and better ride. It also was at a great price, $8200 "out the door." This is the unit we ordered. It will be a week or two before it arrives (they are built near Omaha, Neb).

    I would have been happy with any of the brands we looked out, but note the following:
    There is very little plastic on the Kawasaki SX. Lots of plastic on the John Deere and Polaris. Plastic is not a bad thing, but I like the "built like a Mule" feel of the Kawasaki.
    The factory 3 year warranty beats the one year warranty offered by the others.

    As for performance, if one wants to go 30 mph or more, the Polaris is the answer in the new "under 10K" category. For utility and fun, the John Deere would provide the best balance, wth a top speed of 28 mph. For utility alone the Mule is hard to beat, and has a reputation that backs up this claim. Its top speed is 25, which makes it a "no go" for many users.

    I'll post some pictures when it arrives.
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    Bought a.... Comparing two lower priced side by sides

    After reading your post, it sounds like you and your wife did some solid research.

    Best of luck !! Be sure to post some photos of the Kawi in the back of your truck.
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    May want to check out Honda Pioneer's. I have a 2014 700. Has 2k miles on it and only routine oil changes. Very nice machine.
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    Did you look at Yamaha? I have a rhino 660, which I highly recommend. They are very simple, with a carbureted engine, so you can fix them easily.
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    My wife and I have a '12 610 XC, great machine for what you are looking for, I think you'll be happy and made a good decision. Congrats
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    Congratulations on your new purchase. I am sure you are going to enjoy it. Any of the final 3 machines would have been great choices and it sounds like you got a good deal on a high quality unit.

    Having your wife's perspective on a fairly large purchase is the respectful thing to do, in my opinion. Especially if she is going to be using the item or dealing with it. I always give my wife the chance to be involved and she can decide whether or not she wants to be involved. If it's something she isn't interested in, she usually defers.

    It's always interesting to get Mrs. Bear's opinion on something which she really isn't "into". Her judgement is rock solid and the way she sees things is always insightful. While we almost always agree, the things we see are often very, very different.

    Also, my wife tends to be really good at "challenging" the sales person. She has a very high respect for great salespeople who really are very good at what they do (after all, she married one.....). But if the sales person is poor at explaining things, or just glosses over them, Oh boy, are they in for a time.

    We had a slick sales guy at our house giving us a quote on two new furnaces and two new 5 ton central air units. We had already done our research so we knew what these units really cost. The sales guy was pushing towards a particular one and kept throwing out "code lingo" like "The 577 is much better than the 466." So, she would ask him "What's the difference between them?" And his reply was at first a real flippant " $1,200".

    So she said "I can see the price difference, but specifically How is a 577 better than a 466, is it faster, slower, taller, shorter, what's the difference"? Which I thought seemed like a fair question.

    His reply "Well, it's just better...."

    She replied "Better HOW?"

    Oh boy....there is a storm brewing and I am getting a front row seat......

    She asked him 3 more times and he failed to answer. She stood up and said "Thank you for your time but since you can't or won't answer my questions, we are done." He looked at me like "seriously?" I looked at him and said "You would do your career a huge favor if you listened much better and talked far less and actually answer the questions when someone asks you." He pleaded for another chance, but then I pointed out he had already wasted the 3 chances she gave him when she kept asking for clarity.

    So, the salesman leaves and as if he hadn't already blown his opportunity, he did EXACTLY the wrong thing......He had his daddy, who owns the business, call ME, asking ME, to give Jr. another chance.......

    If Dad would have been smart, he would have called my wife and apologized for Jr's arrogance and immaturity. Instead, he expected me to over ride her actions. I asked the guy on the phone, the father, "Are you married?" He replied "Well, I am married, it's my 3rd and we have been married now for 4 years, why?" I asked him if he would over ride his wife's actions and decision just because someone called him begging him to......He said "Well, I would certainly consider it if she were making a huge mistake."

    So I asked the guy, "Why didn't you call my wife instead of me?" His reply "Because women can be unreasonable to deal with."........

    Good luck with the 3rd marriage pal, I bet it won't be your last........

    He did not get the sale that day......and my wife still mentions it from time to time how poor the sales guy was and how much of a misogynistic pig his dad is. She also said the son is just like the dad. She is 100% right.......
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    You could not be more right. When we redid our house 20 years ago the contractor just would not listen to my wife. I am pretty particular about my shop and what is in it but the house is much more of a concern to her than me. He got closer to figuring it out when one of the progress payments was due. I told him she’s the one that’s going to write the check out so you need to listen to her. He never really understood but she did get what she wanted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big View Post
    May want to check out Honda Pioneer's. I have a 2014 700. Has 2k miles on it and only routine oil changes. Very nice machine.
    I don't think a Honda would come in below budget of $10K
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zebrafive View Post
    I don't think a Honda would come in below budget of $10K
    I don't know how much there going for now, but mine was close to 10k.
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    Love our 2015 Honda Pioneer 700 close to 1400 miles not one issue with the automatic Transmission or the machine. In a SXS will never own another with CVT transmission.

    Yea new 18 is priced at 10599 might be able to get the dealer to come down under $10,000.
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