> I'm looking for a little advice and I was hoping someone here had an
> opinion or two.
> I'm buying my first sled this winter and it will have to be a used
> one. I can't afford a new snowmobile for a few years yet but I can't
> make it through another winter without one (I've been bitten really
> bad by the bug and I *need* my own sled this year).
> My neighbour down the road has an '89 Polaris Indy 400 that he
> is selling for $2,800 (Canadian). He's a mechanical engineer and has
> maintained the machine's mechanical condition very well, it also has
> never been rolled or involved in any accidents. In fact, the only
> thing wrong with it is the vinyl on the seat has cracked in one or
> two small spots, it'll be easy to fix. The sled only has 3000 miles
> on it and runs nicely (no bogging, sputtering, hard-starts, ...).
> What I'm wondering is:
> 1) Is this a good price? It seems to be ok for this area.
> 2) Does anyone out there have an Indy 400 and how do you like it?
> 3) Are Polaris machines dependable? I'd like to keep it for a
> couple of years.
> 4) What about replacement parts? Are Polaris parts expensive,
> hard to find etc.?
> 5) Should I skip Polaris and keep looking for other makes (Yamaha,
> Arctic Cat, ...)?
> Any advice/opinions would be greatly appreciated.
used machines. Sounds high to me....
3. Yep. Generally speaking. The Indy 400 is a well tested machine, but
3,000 miles is quite a bit for a sled. It might need crank work sometime
4. Parts shouldn't be a problem, but that's just conjecture.
5. All the makers make good machines. Anyone who says differently is just
not being fair. In our local snowmachine club, all the officers but one is
a polaris rider. That doesn't mean it is so superior or anything; it's
probably more coincidence than anything, but people in this neck of the
woods take their riding very seriously (as you might imagine) and Polaris
is very well thought of. Only Yamaha was laughed at; Cat SkiDoo and
Polaris all had their defenders, but now with Yamaha's new carburator and
suspension, they are back in the ball game (only for new machines) in my
opinion (there... I show MY prejudice)!
6. If you are an *** male, the 440 won't be a bad starter machine but
it definitely is as small as you'd want to go...I think I could find
something at least that good or better for that price.....Do call and try
to get a blue book estimate...A lot of improvements have been made to
suspensions since that time....
In ***space after you get where you're going you still don't know where you are.