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    The Mule Comes Home

    After ordering a 2018 Kawasaki Mule SX 4X4 XC SE at the beginning of the month, I was finally able to pick it up today. I currently own a 2016 Mule 610 XC SE, so it was also interesting to compare and contrast the two. They will be used on two different properties, which is why I needed a second SXS.

    Price: As stated in my first post, I set a budget of $10K "out the door." I was able to get the Mule for $7949 "out the door." The sticker price was $10,009 (including destination). My out the door price included the $250 military discount plus the amount I negotiated off from the dealer. In August 2016 I picked up the 610 XC SE for $7649 "out the door," which at the time "stickered" for $9189 with destination.

    The changes, which took place starting the 2017 model year, include the following:
    1) LED Headlamps and Spotlamps on the XC-SE model. The 2016 lamps were the same as the other models, which is why I needed to add a light bar.
    2) Fuel Gauge. The new one has a digital fuel gauge on the dash above the hour meter. The 2016 has a fuel gauge next to the fuel tank filler.
    3) Retractable seat belts. The older models had non-retractable belts.
    4) Front tubular bumper. This is a really nice bumper. The 2016 has a plastic bumper that looks good, but is not functional.
    5) Under seat storage is standard on the XC-SE. In 2016 this was an $90 option.
    6) Tilt steering wheel is now standard. Not available on the 2016.
    7) Integrated cargo rails in the bed. These will be nice. I put after market rails on the 2016.
    8) The bottom of the cargo bed is now coated with stuff that looks like bed liner.

    Other changes are primarily cosmetic. Once I have an opportunity to put the Mule to work, I'll do another post.

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    Very nice machine, lots of upgrades from our 2012, might have to take a look at the new ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 356 View Post
    After ordering a 2018 Kawasaki Mule SX 4X4 XC SE at the beginning of the month, I was finally able to pick it up today.
    Nice, real nice. I like it.
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    Nice looking, good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by PJR832 View Post
    Very nice machine, lots of upgrades from our 2012, might have to take a look at the new ones.
    Some of the upgrades are little things, like retractable belts and tilt steering, that I didn’t even know I wanted. Basically I would say it’s the same machine. They changed the tires from Maxxis to Duro tires of the same size and the XC models. It’s still what the Mulie has been known for—utility.
    Last edited by 356; 06-26-2018 at 08:11 AM.
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    JD Z-Trac 335E with hitch and bumper kit | JD 8 cu ft cart
    JD D-100 Lawn Tractor w 42" deck | 10 cu ft HF cart
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    Quote Originally Posted by 356 View Post
    Some of the upgrades are little things, like retractable belts and tilt serving, that I didnít even know I wanted. Basically I would say itís the same machine. They changed the tires from Maxxis to Duro tires of the same size and the XC models. Itís still what the Mulie has been known foróutility.
    These two would be the deal maker for me and our Mule is strictly a utility vehicle, I think only once I took Emma on a trail ride but that got cut short because the trails were made for 4 wheelers so the trails needed a lot more trimming for a side by side. Oh wait, I did take one of my nephews on a different trail ride one other time, otherwise it's just hay bales and water sprayers for us.
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    County Line- 48" Tiller & middle buster
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    Quote Originally Posted by 356 View Post
    After ordering a 2018 Kawasaki Mule SX 4X4 XC SE at the beginning of the month, I was finally able to pick it up today. I currently own a 2016 Mule 610 XC SE, so it was also interesting to compare and contrast the two. They will be used on two different properties, which is why I needed a second SXS.

    Price: As stated in my first post, I set a budget of $10K "out the door." I was able to get the Mule for $7949 "out the door." The sticker price was $10,009 (including destination). My out the door price included the $250 military discount plus the amount I negotiated off from the dealer. In August 2016 I picked up the 610 XC SE for $7649 "out the door," which at the time "stickered" for $9189 with destination.

    The changes, which took place starting the 2017 model year, include the following:
    1) LED Headlamps and Spotlamps on the XC-SE model. The 2016 lamps were the same as the other models, which is why I needed to add a light bar.
    2) Fuel Gauge. The new one has a digital fuel gauge on the dash above the hour meter. The 2016 has a fuel gauge next to the fuel tank filler.
    3) Retractable seat belts. The older models had non-retractable belts.
    4) Front tubular bumper. This is a really nice bumper. The 2016 has a plastic bumper that looks good, but is not functional.
    5) Under seat storage is standard on the XC-SE. In 2016 this was an $90 option.
    6) Tilt steering wheel is now standard. Not available on the 2016.
    7) Integrated cargo rails in the bed. These will be nice. I put after market rails on the 2016.
    8) The bottom of the cargo bed is now coated with stuff that looks like bed liner.

    Other changes are primarily cosmetic. Once I have an opportunity to put the Mule to work, I'll do another post.



    I didn't realize that they are that reasonably priced. After hearing the prices on the new Gators with the cab and air, I was really surprised when you posted the price you paid. I just might have to look into one of those......I run to various neighbors and on the 10 acres adjoining my lawn quite often and lately, I have been driving my tractor, sometimes even when it's just a social call........That would be handy, plus we have an additional 60 acres of nature area down along the river with the path's I have been mowing.............

    Looks like a nice machine. I can't make sense of the $26k or more for the Deere Diesel with the cab and air for MY USE of the machine (certainly makes sense for those who really need and use them), but under $8k is a whole different league. Just need the new storage building to keep it in.........which is just a matter of me pulling the trigger. Just get a bigger building, I guess......Plus it doesn't look like it takes up much room. What is it, maybe 8 feet long and 5 feet wide?

    Quote Originally Posted by PJR832 View Post
    Very nice machine, lots of upgrades from our 2012, might have to take a look at the new ones.
    Oh, oh.......I smell a new transaction and machine in someone's future....Last time he said that about his tractor, BINGO, the new 2025R appeared......
    Last edited by SulleyBear; 06-26-2018 at 08:06 AM. Reason: shortened my length estimate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyweight View Post
    Nice, real nice. I like it.
    Think how handy it would be hauling blocks for your culvert project. Or running down to the store to get more beer when working on the culvert project. Or even sitting in the shade of the canopy, while working on the culvert project......Or..............(endless list...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by SulleyBear View Post
    Oh, oh.......I smell a new transaction and machine in someone's future....Last time he said that about his tractor, BINGO, the new 2025R appeared......
    I doubt it, the mule is my wife's toy, and she is very happy with the one we have. But something to keep in mind for the future for sure.
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    County Line- 48" Tiller & middle buster
    Frontier- BB5048L & DH1066 & RC2060
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