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I was just curious why you Prowler owners out there chose a Prowler compared to all the other available options?

The only reason I purchased my 2006 Prowler 650 was because it was broken and I picked it up from a friend at a discounted price (little did I know of the expenses to come to fix it :(). I really haven't had a chance to really take it out yet and see if I even really like it. It looks good sitting there at least....:D

If I did have two complaints with it, it would be that stupid square tubing roll cage and the lack of availability of accessories for it. I see deals every week in my local classifieds for 4 seat cage options for the Rhinos, Teryx, Ranger and RZR, but never the Prowler. And there are just tons of available accessories all over the place for these other models. But accessories for Prowlers seem to be a little harder to come by.

So why did you choose the Prowler over others?

1. Was it price?
2. Did you test drive one and others and just liked it better?

.....Curious what all lead you guys to your Prowlers......:)
 

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for me i was wanting something different from Polaris. Polaris is the only brand i had ever owned and have been very happy with them, but just wanted to try something new. I owned both the ranger and rzr, and wanted to swap out the rzr for something new. I knew a Rhino would be too small and under powered for what i wanted. I didnt like the 4wd setup for the teryx among other small things. Commander's full center console made it very uncomfortable to drive for me (pushed my knee inside my foot which didnt feel good). So that left me looking at AC. AC had 2 bikes that would fit my need in power (XTX and XTZ) and they seemed like a good bike to start a build on. There isnt as many accessories as other brands but still more than others. I dont know if anybody would pick a Cat for price. Theyre normally the most expensive choice when it comes to a new purchase. Only time will tell if i made the right decision, but so far its not looking too bad and having fun adding on the accessories.
 

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Well I have always been a Yamaha person, Rhinos are too narrow, too slow. RZRs too small for a Big guy. Teryx was my secound choice. Bought the Prowler MADE IN THE USA and The UNDERDOG! Like how it drove and felt and the looks and it came with 14 inch wheels witch has something to say about rolling over!
 

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I fit ... and when I bought I only fit in 2 brands and one of those two didn't have a 4x4 locker [PoPo] I liked so ended up with A/C
and the power was right.
 

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when i bought mine ,there was the rhino,ranger, mule, gator.everybody had rhinos the dealer told me you had to use low range in the woods with the ranger.or you would smoke belt. and mule and gator not enough performance. i liked the leg room in the prowler.plus it went two full days of very rough riding at hatfield and mccoys and never used low range.just about all the rzrs were using low range. love my prowler.
 

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I looked around for different machines but kept coming back to Arctic Cat. I liked the ground clearance and the power was acceptable. My next pick was the terex but I kept hereing complaints about the ground clearance.
I would say that if I were buying a new machine I would give more consideration to the commander. Of course it still has less ground clearance than my 07 prowler.
 

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i started with an 06 650h1 4 wheeler, i chose it becouse i wasnt satisfied with what honda offered, and after looking them over, we all know the numbers, ground clearance, suspension travel ect... Then i noticed instead of those horrible plastic push pins it was bolted together, then the particular one i bought was on a pedistal where the motor was eye level, and the big made in usa sticker gave me a wink. that thing took everything we through at it with a smile, since i have had 3 cats and every one was just as rock solid
 

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I'm tall and and medium bilt, RzR was out of the question, too hard to get in and out, especialy out and since we have a full winter riding season up here the Polaris awd system is the last thing you want in snow... Rhino would've been a nice choice with 40 more hp maybe... Teryx had a good chance, liked the looks but heard too many bad things about engine problems and I hate the front locking system... Commander X was my first choice, but good thing a friend let me drive for a day, this is not a tall man's machine at all... too bad... then, I went to see the Arctic Cat, just for fun, and there waited for me an orange XTZ in the showroom... darn, I fell in love on the spot and before I could sit in it I prayed hard I would fit... and I did !!! Then the test drive... OMG, such brute power just asking to be tamed !!! I found my true love...
 

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For me the choice was about price, and finding a used machine that fit my budget. Glad I went Prowler though, despite the problems I have had.

Not so sure about the "Made in USA" thing though. I'm Canadian, but could never understand why a "Made in USA" machine has metric bolts!! That doesn't sound American to me.....very confused over that.

BTW.....when are you folks going to switch to the Metric system? I'm of an age where I know both Imperial and Metric, and can work interchangeably without a problem.....but fractional Imperial measurements are for the birds! 1 and 11/32"....what the hell.....that's 34.1mm!! HAHA...just some fun tormenting fellas....LUV ALL AMERICANS!!
 

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For me the choice was about price, and finding a used machine that fit my budget. Glad I went Prowler though, despite the problems I have had.

Not so sure about the "Made in USA" thing though. I'm Canadian, but could never understand why a "Made in USA" machine has metric bolts!! That doesn't sound American to me.....very confused over that.

BTW.....when are you folks going to switch to the Metric system? I'm of an age where I know both Imperial and Metric, and can work interchangeably without a problem.....but fractional Imperial measurements are for the birds! 1 and 11/32"....what the hell.....that's 34.1mm!! HAHA...just some fun tormenting fellas....LUV ALL AMERICANS!!
Im French Canadian, You Guys must like us your people are buying up Arizona!
 

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I'm tall and and medium bilt, RzR was out of the question, too hard to get in and out, especialy out and since we have a full winter riding season up here the Polaris awd system is the last thing you want in snow... Rhino would've been a nice choice with 40 more hp maybe... Teryx had a good chance, liked the looks but heard too many bad things about engine problems and I hate the front locking system... Commander X was my first choice, but good thing a friend let me drive for a day, this is not a tall man's machine at all... too bad... then, I went to see the Arctic Cat, just for fun, and there waited for me an orange XTZ in the showroom... darn, I fell in love on the spot and before I could sit in it I prayed hard I would fit... and I did !!! Then the test drive... OMG, such brute power just asking to be tamed !!! I found my true love...
This is some good info.

1. I like the looks of the RZR-4, but I'm not a huge fan of the AWD system. No experience with it on the UTV, but I do have a Polaris ATV. I like being able to lock the diffs in instead of relying on a sensing system.
2. Guess I'm not understanding the Rhino power thing. Aren't they basically the same power as the Prowler 650's and 700's?
3. No experience with Teryx. What kind of front locking system do they have?
4. Commander looks cool but no experience with it.
5. The Honda UTV is just plain ugly to me.
 

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This is some good info.

1. I like the looks of the RZR-4, but I'm not a huge fan of the AWD system. No experience with it on the UTV, but I do have a Polaris ATV. I like being able to lock the diffs in instead of relying on a sensing system.
2. Guess I'm not understanding the Rhino power thing. Aren't they basically the same power as the Prowler 650's and 700's?
3. No experience with Teryx. What kind of front locking system do they have?
4. Commander looks cool but no experience with it.
5. The Honda UTV is just plain ugly to me.
2. dunno about the power difference, but the shaft from the driven to the rear differential is very long, thus a lot of torque is lost...

3. teryx has a lever you have to pull to block the front differential, its located besides the shifter, that lever works as a parking brake lever would, the more you pull the harder it gets to pull the more the front diff is locked and when you let it go it doesnt go back, you have a button to press to unblock it just as you would a parking brake.

5. I totaly agree with you on that ! :D
 

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I bought the prowler for the price being #1 reason I bought it as a carry over in 2011 for $5000. #2 reason is I live in Roseau Mn Home of polaris! They couldnt give me a poo product! I worked there for 7 yrs and if you saw how there stuff was built you wouldnt buy one either! lol. And we went through 14 of their atvs in 10yrs on the farm. We bought them because of the employee price otherwise we would have never used them.
 

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I had an 09 Monster Energy Teryx Sport. I liked it. I did not like the wet rear brakes and the front locking cable rusts and freezes up on a yearly basis. I lost my left lower leg this year and the Prowler was easier to get in and out of. The power difference is amazing. Ot does have more noise under acceleration. I think it is belt or clutch related. It is easier to do an oil change and it doesn't use those stupid plastic push pins everywhere! My local Kawi dealer had taken a low mile XTZ on trade. He made me a good deal and my son bought the Teryx. We're both happy!
 

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I had an 09 Monster Energy Teryx Sport. I liked it. I did not like the wet rear brakes and the front locking cable rusts and freezes up on a yearly basis. I lost my left lower leg this year and the Prowler was easier to get in and out of. The power difference is amazing. Ot does have more noise under acceleration. I think it is belt or clutch related. It is easier to do an oil change and it doesn't use those stupid plastic push pins everywhere! My local Kawi dealer had taken a low mile XTZ on trade. He made me a good deal and my son bought the Teryx. We're both happy!
Sorry to hear about your leg.:( Glad you are liking your Prowler. As far as noise my "new to me" '06 650 does seem to be a little noisy (whiny). I hardly have any driving time in this and I haven't really driven in the other brands to compare. So don't really know what is normal or not. It would be nice to quiet it down some, but I don't know what it would take to do it.
 

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I bought the prowler for the price being #1 reason I bought it as a carry over in 2011 for $5000. #2 reason is I live in Roseau Mn Home of polaris! They couldnt give me a poo product! I worked there for 7 yrs and if you saw how there stuff was built you wouldnt buy one either! lol. And we went through 14 of their atvs in 10yrs on the farm. We bought them because of the employee price otherwise we would have never used them.
Dang, $5000 that is cheap. That can't be a new price can it?
 

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Made in the USA...

I wasn't really aware of the "Made in the USA" thing..... After rebuilding the motor with "foreign" Arctic Cat parts and all of the metric bolts, it just didn't really occur to me. Guess I was thinking maybe more "Assembled in the USA".....:) Which at least still creates jobs here.....
 
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