Sir, the Rincon does not have a shift motor. But, even if it did, it would still NOT be inclined to have problems (just as Manny indicated).
Eight times as many ES shifted Honda units are sold for every one footshift. Thus, one would expect to see eight times as many problems with ES as with footshift. (If there were/are eight times as many problems with ES reported for every one footshift problem reported, that would mean that they are EQUAL in reliability. However, it is a fact that the ratio is much lower (maybe 3 or 4 ES issues reported for every Footshift issue reported.). Doing the math, that says ES is more reliable and troublefree than footshift. However, when people see that there are even twice as many ES issues reported, they instantly assume that ES has twice as many problems.
If there was a forum about Pickup Trucks, then you would see more issues with Ford than with any other truck. Does that mean Ford is more problematic? Absolutely not. And that's because there are a lot more Fords on the road than there are of many other trucks.
As Manny said, the vast majority of ES issues come from people who have used their ES Honda in a way that Honda recommended against - such as in deep water.
Honda has made the ES shifting for around 13 years now. If it was problematic, they would have either discontinued it, or changed it - and they have done neither. When you read post from people who speak down on ES machines, you're reading post from people who assume that because they have seen twice as many issues with ES, that ES must be bad. Again, if you saw eight times as many issues with ES as with footshift, then it would be an indicator that the two are equal. ONLY if you saw 9 or more ES issues, for every one Footshift issue could you honestly assume that Footshift was/is better.
Hammer....on another note, yes, the Rincon only has 3 gears. However, it has a stronger engine. I have both a Rincon and a Rancher and either can go wherever the other can go. So, what is the difference. The big difference is weight (the Rincon weighs more). Therefore, I use the Rincon to plow with and to do heavier work with. The Rincon is also an excellent trail, and all-terrain machine. It really depends on what you are looking for and how you're going to use the machine. As I say, each machine will easily keep up with the other.
Hope that helps.
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