Arctic Cat Prowler Buyer Beware
I purchased a new Arctic Cat Prowler 1000 UTV at the first of the year as I wanted to be one of the first to own one of the most powerful UTVs on the market. I bought in on all the propaganda from the manufacturer, followed BiPolar Racing in their win of the UTV Class of the Baja 1000 and read the great article in UTV Offroad Magazine regarding the release of the Arctic Cat Prowler 1000. I knew I had to have one.
I purchased my Prowler from Prestige Motorsports in Temecula, CA. and was anxious to receive delivery. During the checkout of the UTV we noted a leak in the coolant system. The mechanic at Prestige located an improperly installed O Ring. A quick fix and I was off to test my new “Prized Possession” at Ocotillo Wells located in the desert of Southern California. During the first run (less than 2 miles) I noticed seepage of differential fluid at the inner joint of the left CV at the rear differential. Needless to say that I did not want to ruin my new toy on its maiden voyage so we packed up and headed back home.
I contacted my dealer and explained what I had encountered. I was told that a seal was not properly seated and that I should take a rubber mallet and tap around the metal flange at the CV Joint to press it against the differential.
My next run was to the wonderful world of sand at Glamis. The Prowler ate up everything Glamis, and other UTV owners in our group were able to throw at me. On our third day, we were preparing for our morning ride when I was doing my pre-ride check and once again I noted oil from both sides of the differential leaking severly. Additionally I saw that the Plastic Intake Tube (which my dealer explained was used to bring in cool air for the clutch) was melted onto the parking brake disc located on the rear drive shaft. Further we noted that the Parking Brake Disc was scoured. Once again, our trip was cut short and I drove directly to the dealer with ONLY 200 MILES on the Prowler.
At the dealership, I was told that they had seen the tube melt previously on another Prowler and on that one the owner had left the parking brake on and that even leaving it on one or two clicks would engage the brake. It should be noted that there is an idiot light on the dash to indicate when the parking brake is left on. Mike from Prestige Motorsports and I checked my Prowler and saw that the Idiot Light did not illuminate until the parking break handle reached the third click. We then checked no less than three other Prowlers he had in stock and saw that the light varied in its actuation from 3 to 4 clicks.
We contacted Arctic Cat regarding the leaking differential and the issue we encountered with the parking brake. Arctic Cat had no problem paying to replace the differential seals but would not pay any portion of the Parking Brake repair.
With only 200 miles on my Prowler, I am somewhat anxious about what I will encounter during my next 200 miles.
Arctic Cat should concentrate less on its Marketing and more on it’s design, quality control and Customer Service if it wants to be a true contender in the UTV market.
Until they do so, maybe the readers should hold out for Yamaha’s new 900
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Murrieta, CA., 92562