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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-22-2019, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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I found a 2016 Rancher for 4500. PS/4WD/ES with 20 hrs on it
Were there changes from 2016 to 2018? Is this a good buy?
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I don't think there was really any changes from 16 to 18, a basic 4◊4 foot shift is around 5300 and one with ps and es probably cost a few hundred more, not sure. So one with 20 hrs for that price seems fair. As long as it didn't get all beat up in that 20 hrs it's basically brand-new.
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I don't think there was really any changes from 16 to 18, a basic 4◊4 foot shift is around 5300 and one with ps and es probably cost a few hundred more, not sure. So one with 20 hrs for that price seems fair. As long as it didn't get all beat up in that 20 hrs it's basically brand-new.
I would avoid the es like the plague. If you could find the smaller framed Rancher (08-13), in a foot shift...That would be a good find.

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I have 2wd and 4wd 300s , believe or not ,the 2wd can follow a 4wd just about anywhere the 4wd can go , you will have to go around holes here and there , might have to get off and walk it thru while giving it gas in gear ------ they are lighter and float , if it gets stuck you can lift it and move it over to the side by yourself ------ but with that said , if you are going to be by yourself , doing work , get a 4wd
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I went with a 2017 Rancher 420 2WD traded it for a 2019 Rancher 420 4x4 like it better than the 2WD.If I were you go with the 4x4 and be happier.

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700 bucks between a 2 wheel drive and 4 wheel drive honda, even with 278 miles on it, is worth the money, you plan to work the atv, and your going to WISH you had 4 wheel drive come spring time, fall and winter , when things get sloppy!
I am NOT bashing 2 wheel drives either, if you trail ride decent trails, it all you will ever need
BUT you seem to have more plans of work, than trail riding!
you will loose way more money selling it down the road to UP grade later on than what the extra 700 bucks will run you now!
PLUS< you will also have a MUCH larger pool of folks that will want a to BUY the 4 wheel drive if you ever decide to sell it too, so it will hold value better and be a true 4 season use machine for work, plowing snow, hauling wood, or what ever!
as I said I get living on a budget, but, I also believe in buy once cry once, over wishing you spent the little more later on and it costing you closer to 2 grand to get into a like foreman !
as selling a 2 wheel drive is NOT always easy,!

PLUS again, if you shop about, you MIGHT find a better deal yet on a 4x4 model!
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I had a 2wd 1990 trx300 for many years and plowed snow in northern wisconsin for years, Chains and sand bags worked great. I bought a 1991 trx300 4x4 this spring and it does plow better and I can get on top of the snow pile to move it further out with the 4x4. As far as anything else they are equal. I paid 2100 for he 4x4 and sold the 2x4 for 1500. I put chains on the 4x4 also.
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