Should I buy a Pioneer?
I was told out of the blue yesterday by my wife that I need to get another side by side. We have a 4 year old and a baby due any day now. I think she wants me out of the house riding with the 4 year old instead of us bothering her.
Now some background. Currently I have a 13 Rancher 420 4x4, and a 12 Recon ES. 4 years ago we bought a brand new 2010 RZR 800 LE. Great SXS, we loved it, never had any problems with it. Put over 3500 miles on it in 2 years. Well we hit some money problems. Monday I was told my overtime was cut, and had to work 40 hours a week, then Tuesday the AC/HEAT went out in the house instead of bombing out our savings the RZR went up on craigslist. Sold in 2 days. Put a new furnace in and used the left over 6,000 dollars to purchase the two quads.
I've really wanted another SXS as the 4 year old loves to ride. I strap her car seat in the SXS, put a helmet on her, and off we go cruising. I feel this is 1000x more safe than sitting her on my lap on the quad.
We ride mainly around our home. We can access a few trails off the road in front of our house. Old rail road tracks(the tracks were pulled), old strip mine property, ect. Mix of mud, small hills, and creek crossings. Plus there are miles of dirt roads that we can ride for hours if we wish to just cruise.
My days of jumping, and thrashing are done. Say what you will but at 30 years old with 2 kids, a mortage, and lots of responsibilities I have no interest in risking my health or life driving like a goof.
Trail riding, mud, hills(nothing crazy), and creek crossing/riding.
It will be used more on the trails than around the yard. I've read so many people scream its under powered, slow, and just not fun to ride. I've always read that people say its amazing and the best thing since sliced bread.
I have two options right now.
2014 Honda Pioneer Brand new for 10,469 OTD
2013 Polaris RZR 570 with 312 miles for 7,800OTD
I am really torn because I like so much about the Pioneer. The utility and Honda tough, but I really like the 570 because I know the RZR platform is capable off road and with the addition of a hitch and my little harbor freight trailer I can haul firewood just the same. Currently using that setup on my Rancher 420.
I am not turning this into a brand war! I am an equal opportunity brand person. Like I said above 3,500 miles on m RZR with NO problems. Replaced a belt at 1,500 miles and one at 3,000 miles. Not because they were bad but for piece of mind and the save my big butt from having to walk.
Last edited by toomanytoys; 07-17-2014 at 12:26 PM.