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Hey folks -

I looked at a 2000 Rancher ES 4x4 today. It has about 3,000 miles and nearly 600 hours on it. The tires are 3/4 worn. The owner, a friend of a friend, bent the handlebars and front rack when towing the Rancher in reverse and flipped it over (I guess there was a problem with the ESP and it was stuck in reverse, and he was towing it with another ATV before flipping it over). The starter will click once or twice before starting sometimes. I assume this is a bad connection on the battery, starter, or maybe the starter itself. I rode the machine for 15 minutes in varied conditions and it rode well and there were no mechanical issues.

He is asking $2000 and is firm on that price.

What do you think?
 

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I would say that with those things wrong with it the price is too high.
All up the cost of items that need replacing to the purchase price and you can buy a better one for the same price.
Tires $300.00
Starter $$$
Battery 80.00
Repair of possible shifting problems.???
Just my opinion after having bought 7 used atv for my kids and grandkids in the last 5 months. Got some good deals. Got a couple of bad ones.
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Definitely too much money. Take a pass and keep looking.
 

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Hello again, thanks for the replies...and welcomes to the forum...

The repair of shifting problems has been fixed. I guess it wouldnt go into neutral or reverse. The current owner described the repair as not a serious problem. He is known to be an honest guy, so I am inclined to believe him.

So $2000 is too much...

What do you think a fair price for a machine like this would be?
 

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What kind of conditions is it in?

I just sold an 04 foreman with brand new tires, really nice condition and 1/4 the hours and miles of that machine and I got $3000. And that price is pretty high in my opinion, I just got lucky, and a fair price would have been probably around $2800. I bought it for $2600 last October.

But anyway, $2000 may not be too bad, but to me I wouldn't pay more than $1500 considering it's beat up and needs new tires. Just pass on it, see if he sells it and then come back in a few weeks and offer him less.

If he sells it for $2000, don't sweat it, there will be another machine to buy. Keep looking on Craigslist.
 

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Like I mentioned, the front rack is bent down a little and so are the handlebars from his mishap while towing in reverse. Other than that, it seems like it is in average condition. I checked the CV boots and they were fine. I rode it for 15 minutes and everything worked as it was supposed to (except the starter, which would click rather than turnover every third or fourth attempt). Tires are 3/4 worn. Seat had no tears. No squeaks, rattles or any other unusual sounds. The four wheel drive system works.

I think I will offer him $1500 cash, as you suggested, sometime next week. Based on what you have said and others I have talked to, that is about what it is worth. There are several similar machines on Ebay that sold for $2000 but had fewer miles, or more equipment, or both.
 

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Sounds like a plan. A guy wanting to sell a bike with some beauty marks will be much more inclined to sell after a few weeks when he gets no takers at his firm price.
 

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$1,500-$1,600 sounds about right to me.
 

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Welcome to the forums!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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UPDATE - I called the owner of the Rancher, and didn't get a hold of him. He called me back, which I took as a sign that he wanted to sell it more badly than he let on. I told him that after considering that damage, tires, miles, etc. and after talking to you guys, that I could only offer $1500. He said he would take that offer because he found more money than he thought he had in order to buy a new ATV he wants. So...I got it for $1500...not a bad deal, I dont think. I will pick it up next week.

Now I ask or search for what kind of maintenance I should do...anything I need to know about???
 

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Congrats. on the good buy. I would ghange the oil and filters and check all the fluids.
 

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Thanks! This is a great forum...

Oil has been changed recently. I will double check it. I will also check the front and rear differential fluids. Anything else to check?

...and can someone explain to me or provide a link that explains how Honda's full time 4WD system works?? I cant find good info. on this anywhere! Is it limited slip up front? Is it an AWD system that monitors rear wheel slip (like Polaris)?
 

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Thanks! This is a great forum...

Oil has been changed recently. I will double check it. I will also check the front and rear differential fluids. Anything else to check?

...and can someone explain to me or provide a link that explains how Honda's full time 4WD system works?? I cant find good info. on this anywhere! Is it limited slip up front? Is it an AWD system that monitors rear wheel slip (like Polaris)?
I don't know a link that describes it, but I know it has a limited slip differential up front. It doesn't have the AWD.
 
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