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I am looking to buy my first prowler soon, and want to hear what you think on model choices. I've had AC quads for years, but my wife and I think a utv would be more fun on long range, moderate paced rides. I've ridden and enjoyed a couple of razors, but prefer the cats for many reasons. We ride a mix of desert and forest, with lots of altitude, terrain, and trail width variation. I believe one of the fuel injected models would be wise for the altitude. The carbs really start gagging at 9000ft.

I was considering a low hours 650, just to get my feet wet, but I haven't seen one for sale here for months.

My first choice would be a new old stock xtx, but I have reservations about the longevity of the turf saver. Searching posts here led me to the throttle spring mod, which makes sense, but with the 2011 xtx deleting the turf saver, I wanted to hear your thoughts.

Another option I am considering is the xtz, but it would be more money, and my budget should ideally leave room for mods. Also, I still have the quads if I want to light my hair on fire. For my intended use, the xtx might be plenty. However, to much is never enough.

I would love a 2011, but there are some deals on the old stock machines, and I want to have some money left over for aftermarket stuff.

From my atv experience, I will probably be ordering shocks as soon as the machine comes home. From what I've read here, aftermarket seats are also on the list. I will need to get some time on the machine to decide if I want to go further.

Anyway, I'm looking for your insight and advice.

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Mike,
I would buy a nice used machine that is priced rigth to get your feet wet and see if you and the wife enjoy it. I have a 2006 650 XT, it's carbed but I have had great luck running from sea level to 9000 ft. Of course at 9000 ft it suffered some but so did my friends EFI Ranger. The 650 is a sold machine and I am sure you can find good deals out there. The 700 XTX is another good machine to. It may be hard to find and XTZ at a low price to get your feet wet but that all depends on your budget. If you can find and XTZ for a good price you would not need much for go fast parts they run really good stock.

Hope this helps
Seth



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Thanks, Seth. If I can find a 650 I will probably go that route, but they are thin on the ground lately. It's been a long winter, but I think we are about done, so we are getting itchy. I have multiple sites I watch, so I could still get lucky. I had to pass up a couple last fall, because I had to firm some stuff up, but one could show up any day. We have lost many dealers in the region due to the economy and credit issues, which makes them kind of scarce, but I am watching multiple states and may end up traveling for the right deal.

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Sounds like you have done your homework.
That is great.

Best of luck finding the machine.
I would not let the turf saver throw you off of the 700xtx.
Seems like after the spring mod the owners were happy.
As there were no more complaints after they did the spring mod.

just my .02 from what I have read about the xtx.

My 650xt never let me down always got me where I wanted to be and back home.
Just putting in a 1000H2 because I am a power junkie.
I bought the 650 to test the sxs water and I love it. It has been a great experience for my Family.
 

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We started out with a new 650 XT, even though I had some issues with it we did enjoy it so when came time to replace we were looking at the 700 as well.

Went to my dealer and test drove one and then he suggested we drive the XTZ, night and day difference between the two.

He then said something that struck home (we've been dealing with him for years and he knows us pretty well), He said you can buy the 700 and be happy for awhile then start modding it to get more or you can buy the XTZ and be happy.

Needless to say we bought the XTZ and I've seen no need to start modding clutch or engine. Been very happy with our decision.
 

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I don't think the 650 would be enough. I have not had the chance to ride in a 700 yet. A lot of good things come to mind when you say 1000. Can't say enough about the XTZ, just one awesome SXS if you ask me. I'd buy mine again in a heart beat!!!
 

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I found a new old stock 09 xtz for $11000, its 300 miles away, but I do have a drivers license. That's the same as a '10 xtx at a nearby dealer. I am sorely tempted.

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Thanks, SandChris, I went back and looked at some of the old posts. I'd actually read some of that a few months ago, but forgot about it. That price they quoted kind of got me excited, and I am glad you brought up the problems. From what I read, build dates around march 09 still had issues. Is there a way to derive build date from the vin, or is it somewhere else? I looked at the service manual, but couldn't find anything. If I could verify they have a later built model, I will condsider it.

Thanks again, all. This kind of info is priceless-- actually, as I think about it, this info is the approximate price of head gasket and waterpump seal replacement. At minimum.

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I have a 2010 xtx 700 and although I don't have many miles on it (about 400) I'm pretty happy with it so far.. had a few minor issues early on but thanks the great help on this site I'm pretty sure they're all resolved.. I can tell you one thing just for a point of reference on performance... a 700 Rhino doesn't have a prayer of keeping up with it on the trails!! in fact in acceleration and top speed it doesn't even compare.. lol.. not to say that the rhino isn't a great vehicle.. several of my friends have them and I'll even tell you they are one tough machine! Hope you're happy with your choice.. welcome aboard!
 

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Thanks for everyone's input. I did some more calling around today, and talked with a bunch of dealerships in Idaho. The outfit in Salmon was outstanding. They didn't have a machine, but gave me some pointers, info, and a reference. I wish they were closer; they sound like they would be a pleasure to do business with.

The reference was for the dealer in Terreton, who found me a 2010 xtz with 67 miles on the company auction. He ordered it for me, and I should see it in 2 to 3 weeks. $11700 including freight. I am psyched. I will let you know when I get it.
 

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Congrats on the purchase of your new ride.

I don't think you'll be disappointed in the XTZ
 
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