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Hi Guys,
New member here. I am interested in purchasing an 2002 Foreman ES. The machine has 2950miles and the asking price is $2650. The bike has lots of cosmetic scratches(orchard quad), but is straight. Is this a decent price? Additionally, what are things to look for with this model? I know the ES can be a problem, so how do I recognize problems, and what would be potential costs for fixing them? Thank you very much!!

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as for price..depends on what all needs to be fixed ?..lol..as for the es models..personaly..i'd stay clear from them..they are known to have too many problems with the shifting..your best bet..is manaul shift..they hold up way better than the es models..this is my thoughts anyway...also..the es models get kinda pricy to fix..just thought i would throw that in there...oh..and welcome to the forums !
 

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Welcome to the forums! I agree with shadetree and that is way to much money IMO. I would say 1500.00 to 1800.00 would be tops for one in great condition
 

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How many hours are on the machine?

As for the ES. Start the machine when it's cold, and then ride it. Shift it up and down several times when it's cold. Make sure it shifts smoothly, doesn't get stuck, will go into reverse and just overall acts like you'd expect. They will show the most problems when cold, so when you do to check it out, go first thing in the morning.

The ES models do have more problems than manual, but I wouldn't let that stop you from getting one. I have one and I like it. I sold another one a few months ago and it was fine.

Depending on hours and overall condition that price is probably too high.
 

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How many hours are on the machine?

As for the ES. Start the machine when it's cold, and then ride it. Shift it up and down several times when it's cold. Make sure it shifts smoothly, doesn't get stuck, will go into reverse and just overall acts like you'd expect. They will show the most problems when cold, so when you do to check it out, go first thing in the morning.

The ES models do have more problems than manual, but I wouldn't let that stop you from getting one. I have one and I like it. I sold another one a few months ago and it was fine.

Depending on hours and overall condition that price is probably too high.
You are right my nephew has the es and has had very good luck with his so their not all bad.
 

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are the electric shift problems mechanical in nature(less durable than the manual shift) or is it in the electronics that tell the transmission to shift?
 

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It's the angle sensor that most often causes the problem.
 

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Yeah, I would say that price is a little high. Where I live, the normal price for one of those in great condition is about $1,800-$2,000.
 

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I live in a very rural area far from the closest city. I have yet to see a honda 4 wheeler for sale here let alone one that I am interested in. I'm less interested in the price (although I do appreciate that feedback), and more interested in the machine. I looked up the blue book price and it is 2700 something, so I don't think it is that far off for where I live. However, the info on price your giving me will help with negotiations. The sensor that your referring to, what is its cost, and is it difficult to replace?
 

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The sensor that your referring to, what is its cost, and is it difficult to replace?
The angle sensor runs about $70 from the dealer and it's not that hard to replace. It is beside of the shift motor at the front of the engine.
 

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The sensor that your referring to, what is its cost, and is it difficult to replace?
The angle sensor runs about $70 from the dealer and it's not that hard to replace. It is beside of the shift motor at the front of the engine.
thanks..... besides the angle sensor what other problems are common with the ES models?
 

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The sensor that your referring to, what is its cost, and is it difficult to replace?
The angle sensor runs about $70 from the dealer and it's not that hard to replace. It is beside of the shift motor at the front of the engine.
thanks..... besides the angle sensor what other problems are common with the ES models?
I think the angle sensor is mainly the problem with those. I have seen the shift motor go bad and I saw one of those gears inside there where the shift motor goes, break once, but I'm pretty sure that's not a common problem. I think the plugs for the angle sensor can get wet, dirty, or corrode, sometimes, and cause problems. It would probably be a good ideal to put dielectric grease on all your plugs and connections to prevent a lot of problems.
 

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I sold a 2004 foreman with 1800 miles and 300 or so hours for $3000 a few months ago. It was in very good condition and had new tires. I thought I got a good price for it considering I bought it last fall for $2600.

Run the 'tests' I said previously, look at the oil to be sure they at least changed it before trying to sell it :) and if it runs good and shifts good then buy it. Not much else to say about it.

You can wait your whole life looking for a the perfect machine or you can buy one now. As for the scratches....they all get scratched. As long as it isn't all bent up and all the parts are there, that's really all thats important.
 

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I sold a 2004 foreman with 1800 miles and 300 or so hours for $3000 a few months ago. It was in very good condition and had new tires. I thought I got a good price for it considering I bought it last fall for $2600.

Run the 'tests' I said previously, look at the oil to be sure they at least changed it before trying to sell it :) and if it runs good and shifts good then buy it. Not much else to say about it.

You can wait your whole life looking for a the perfect machine or you can buy one now. As for the scratches....they all get scratched. As long as it isn't all bent up and all the parts are there, that's really all thats important.
agreed....thanks
 
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