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Looking at buying a 2003 TRX250. Previous owner said he let a friend borrow it, friends daughter rode it in 1st gear only(never shifted) and now it won't start. Not sure how long it has been sitting. I haven't seen pictures but he said the rest of it is in good shape and he told me he would sell it to me this weekend for $200 cash.
So, of course seeing a low price I am very tempted even if I have to put money into it, to the point I would go buy it today if he was in town. I have bought and sold several four wheelers, but this one I'm planning to keep for my girlfriend to ride. Anyone have any clue on why it isn't starting now? Would riding it in 1st only cause it to stop running? I am prepared for the worst being it needs a complete engine rebuild, but hearing anything less than that would great. Figured better to ask before I buy since I have a few days before I can go pick it up.
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welcome to the forums. it won't start unless it is in neutral. in other words, the neutral light on the dash has to be lit up. 200 bucks is a steal, kinda makes me wonder what all is wrong with it ?, IS IT STOLEN ??!!..LOL. check the vin number, MAKE SURE IT'S THERE !!. is this a manual shift ?, or electric shift ? ( don't recall when Honda started electric shifts for this model ? ).
 

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most probable cause for not starting ( if it is spinning over ) is a dirty carb from the fuel going bad in the carb and tank , with ethanol gas it doesn't take long to go bad , a month in hot weather ---------- could be an easy fix
 

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Welcome to the forum!
As said above, if it isn't stolen, buy it and worry about the details later! It is bound to be worth more than that in parts, alone.
 

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My grandson's 2004 250ex had a derailed oil pump chain. Check this one after a few minutes of riding to make sure the oil cooler is warming up.

If not, you will be looking at top end work.

Rick

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Yes it's a manual shift as far as I know from the research I've done. Definitely going to check the VIN number, I do this with every four wheeler I buy, if it was on Craigslist I would be more concerned. He said he brought it to a shop to have it inspected and they told him it needs engine work, but that shop could have also been trying to pull one over on him. I told him I definitely want it as long as everything checks out.
 

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Yes it's a manual shift as far as I know from the research I've done. Definitely going to check the VIN number, I do this with every four wheeler I buy, if it was on Craigslist I would be more concerned. He said he brought it to a shop to have it inspected and they told him it needs engine work, but that shop could have also been trying to pull one over on him. I told him I definitely want it as long as everything checks out.
they are simple engines to work on. for the price ?, you will come out great from the gate ?, but if it requires an engine over haul ?, well..it's gonna add up !..lol. keep us posted :).
 

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Will do, any kind of work done on it I'll do myself so I'll save some money there. I have around a month before the next planned ride, I'll figure it out eventually
 

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Will do, any kind of work done on it I'll do myself so I'll save some money there. I have around a month before the next planned ride, I'll figure it out eventually
yep, if you do the work yourself ?, you will save a lot of cash !. been doing it this way for 20 years or so ?, love wrenching !. your in good hands here on the forums, lots of great members :).
 

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Great, this is my first Honda four wheeler. I have always heard they are super reliable so figured why not give them a try. My other four wheeler is a 1994 Polaris Sportsman 400 4x4 that I bought from a friend about a year ago and have been hooked on riding since. Time to start buying more for friends and family to ride with me
 

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Here is a pic of it. I am going to pick it up today hopefully.
nice atv, but that is not a trx250 recon ?, that is a trx250ex if i'm not mistaken ?. in other words, it's a sport atv, not a utility :).
 

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Here is a pic of it. I am going to pick it up today hopefully.
nice atv, but that is not a trx250 recon ?, that is a trx250ex if i'm not mistaken ?. in other words, it's a sport atv, not a utility :).
You're right it's a trx250ex. I probably posted this thread in the wrong section. Just picked it up, not stolen. Checked the vin with a few databases.
 

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Well got it home, put some gas and tried to start. At first it was just clicking. Hooked up a battery charger and it tries to turn over but there's a knock. Knock gets louder when the choke is on. Any ideas?
Here is a link to a video of the knock - the video didn't really pick up on it. Half way through I turned the choke on and you can hear it then. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzMejhZBzJM
 

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Well got it home, put some gas and tried to start. At first it was just clicking. Hooked up a battery charger and it tries to turn over but there's a knock. Knock gets louder when the choke is on. Any ideas?
Here is a link to a video of the knock - the video didn't really pick up on it. Half way through I turned the choke on and you can hear it then. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzMejhZBzJM
hard to tell with out it running ?, there is a lot of noise going on !..lol. clanking, clunking, rattling, but to answer your knocking sound ?, most times this is a crank rod problem. if this is the case ?, well..unless your loaded with extra cash ?, the motor is a complete tear down, and rebuild ?, or you sell it, get another atv, or , part it out to re-coop your money ?, now the $ 64,000.00 question is, which way do you wanna go ?..lol.
 

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That's what I was worried it was - I will probably search for a used engine to swap into it. What other models/years fit this quad?
 

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That's what I was worried it was - I will probably search for a used engine to swap into it. What other models/years fit this quad?
I can't help you on your question ^^ ?, I don't know much about sport atvs ?, but if you look up that year and make ?, and see where they first made them ?, to when they last made them ?, then you will get an idea on what you will be looking for :). knowing Honda ?, any year they made and sold them ?, i'd bet not much changed on them ?, don't know why any year of that model can't just bolt right in ?, but again, i'm no expert on those models ?..sooo..your call :).
 

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Looks as if the Recon 250 engine is the exact same as the 250ex engine. Hopefully that is the case, will save me a little money on a used bottom end
 
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