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GCAT
Posted 11/14/2017 21:17 (#6365544)
Subject: Honda Pioneer vs Polaris Ranger


Eastern Kansas
What is everyone's opinions? Never been around a Honda Pioneer. Dealer is only about 10 miles away. Everyone I know has Polaris Rangers and seem to be happy with them.

Durability is my #1 concern. Will be putting a feed box in the back to feed cattle and other miscellaneous farm work.
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north1
Posted 11/14/2017 21:25 (#6365561 - in reply to #6365544)
Subject: RE: Honda Pioneer vs Polaris Ranger


North Dakota
Only Polaris anything I have had is a snowmobile so won’t comment using secondhand knowledge. I own a Honda big red and father has a pioneer 1000. It is hands down the better ITV/muv. If I ever replace that’s what it will be. No problems in 2+ years of hard use(I haven’t had problems with my big red in 5 years either). I really like an automotive style transmission with no belts. Just my $.02.
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farmboyks
Posted 11/14/2017 21:26 (#6365565 - in reply to #6365544)
Subject: RE: Honda Pioneer vs Polaris Ranger


swks
I have a Honda pioneer 1000 and I really like it. I have only had it since June so I don't know how it will last. My dad has had a ranger and has had some clutch issues and belts wore out but it has been an alright rig also
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stanredrider
Posted 11/14/2017 23:32 (#6365767 - in reply to #6365544)
Subject: RE: Honda Pioneer vs Polaris Ranger


Westside, IA
Depends how you want to equip it, the machine itself hands down Honda. If you want a cab and all the features Polaris. Hopefully Honda updates their cab soon then that will be the ultimate SxS.
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Buz Brandes
Posted 11/15/2017 06:14 (#6365887 - in reply to #6365767)
Subject: RE: Honda Pioneer vs Polaris Ranger


Southeast Ohio
I currently have a Ranger. Actually the third one I've owned. All three have been the most maintenance intensive equipment I have on the farm. Never again will I buy a Polaris. I'm a big Honda fan, my 2009 Honda foreman.... bulletproof.

The Pioneer is definitely in my sights maybe this spring
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Kelly
Posted 11/15/2017 06:21 (#6365900 - in reply to #6365544)
Subject: RE: Honda Pioneer vs Polaris Ranger


NC KS
I would have said the Honda a few years ago but engine and transmission problems get very expensive on them and are quite common. Their reliability is way below the Honda ATVs. Honda dealers like to blame all of the problems on air filtration but I don't think that is all of the problem.
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Rayl
Posted 11/15/2017 07:50 (#6366103 - in reply to #6365900)
Subject: RE: Honda Pioneer vs Polaris Ranger


Saline County, Mo
Had two blow up around here within six months of new. Dirt in the engine and they blamed it on operator abuse and would not warranty it
I have a pulling truck for a hobby and use a utv to pull the 6000# truck around the pits. All you see are rangers and gators. Some of the tractors weigh 10k while it's not mud in a feed lot they are still working hard. Third I see most of is kubota. I see other brands from time to time. But not for long
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smythe
Posted 11/15/2017 08:35 (#6366203 - in reply to #6366103)
Subject: RE: Honda Pioneer vs Polaris Ranger


Alden MN
My 2016 Ranger with only 677 miles is in the shop right now for a new transmission. With labor it will cost about $3000 when all said and done. Around here all the guys are complaining about the trannys. I like everything else about the machine except the tranny. According to the dealers service manager it is the same tranny they have used for years but keep putting more power to it. It was time to beef it up long ago. The new 1000 cc models have a new heavier duty tranny. I am thinking about trading my old one "as is" and get a new 1000 model. This is getting expensive!!
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Wentred
Posted 11/15/2017 12:47 (#6366573 - in reply to #6366203)
Subject: RE: Honda Pioneer vs Polaris Ranger


2012 ranger 800 in shop right now. Bearing failure. Ruined tranny case. It’s been a nightmare, owned it since new
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Deadduck
Posted 11/15/2017 09:08 (#6366274 - in reply to #6365544)
Subject: RE: Honda Pioneer vs Polaris Ranger



Northeast Louisiana

I have a 2012 Ranger 500 Crew Midsize that has been very reliable, only problem I've had was tearing a CV boot and that was my fault. I sell rural real estate use it for showing land, hunting, and general chores around the farm. I don't try to see how deep mud and water I can take it through and don't try and set speed records but I have taken it some pretty rough places.  I do have a 2 inch lift and 27" Mudlite tires on it for a little more ground clearance. 
The only Honda side by side I've been around was a neighbors. He had to replace the engine when it was a year old because it got dust in it from a poorly designed airbox. I think Honda made it good. That's been several years ago now, I'm sure Honda has fixed that by now.



Edited by Deadduck 11/15/2017 09:51
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farmer
Posted 11/15/2017 10:14 (#6366372 - in reply to #6365544)
Subject: RE: Honda Pioneer vs Polaris Ranger


Texas
Going on my second year with my Pioneer 1000. This is my 4th UTV. I actually love everything about it except the heat that builds up under the seat. I put some heat shield under the seat which helps. My BIL also has one and I asked him about the heat issue and he said it wasn't as bad as the Polaris Ranger he trading in. I don't really know about that, but overall I really like the Pioneer. You can't beat the Honda reliability...and they finally have a UTV that rides smooth and has lots of power...very quiet too.
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dap54
Posted 11/15/2017 19:46 (#6367321 - in reply to #6366372)
Subject: RE: Honda Pioneer vs Polaris Ranger


nw iowa
There is an update to insulate under the Pioneer seat.
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luvfarmin
Posted 11/15/2017 12:35 (#6366553 - in reply to #6365544)
Subject: RE: Honda Pioneer vs Polaris Ranger


Ill put in my 2 cents as we just went through this process. We went with can am defenders....just got them so the verdict is still out but price wise equal to a ranger and supposedly far less repairs on these compared to a ranger...time will tell but so far we love them.
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kinzepower
Posted 11/15/2017 17:03 (#6366931 - in reply to #6365544)
Subject: RE: Honda Pioneer vs Polaris Ranger


SW Ontario
I know it is not on your list... it the gators seem pretty bullet proof.

I have 10000 miles on my diesel and have not done anything to it.
Maybe a headlamp bulb.
We also have a 825 gasser gator and it is nicer than the diesel.
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Running wide open
Posted 11/15/2017 18:08 (#6367047 - in reply to #6366931)
Subject: RE: Honda Pioneer vs Polaris Ranger


s c iowa near liberty center
i have an xp 900 i bought new it should have a sticker on it from the factory that says, not built heavy enough for farm use!
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rustyshakelford
Posted 11/15/2017 19:41 (#6367304 - in reply to #6367047)
Subject: RE: Honda Pioneer vs Polaris Ranger


Slow as can be but built like a tractor. Our kubota rtv x1100c is great. Heat/ac and hydro tranny have been flawless so far

Brett
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cyclones30
Posted 11/15/2017 20:33 (#6367459 - in reply to #6365544)
Subject: RE: Honda Pioneer vs Polaris Ranger



Midwest
I'm a Honda vote here, and if not that I'd get a gator.
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tc034
Posted 11/15/2017 21:15 (#6367611 - in reply to #6367459)
Subject: RE: Honda Pioneer vs Polaris Ranger


Had a 900 ranger. Made good use of the extended warranty I bought for it in 6500 miles of use. I am used to the reliability of honda ATVs. So traded for a 700 pioneer. Only 2 things I don't like about it is it has a top speed of 42 mph and while doing that it is screaming rpms. Needs abut 5 mph more. The other thing is it is LOUD. Honda made no effort at all to soundproof the engine from the operator seat. I usually wear muffs on it if going very far. 2000 miles on it since may and no issues.
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