Advice on used sled purchase

Advice on used sled purchase

Post by Bud Kuenz » Thu, 22 Aug 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> 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.

> Cheers,

1. Call your local dealer (or any dealer). They will have a blue book for
used machines. Sounds high to me....

2. Nope

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
soon...

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....

--
Bud Kuenzli
WL7CIK
XLTRMK
In ***space after you get where you're going you still don't know where you are.

 
 
 

Advice on used sled purchase

Post by David Rums » Thu, 22 Aug 1996 04:00:00

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.

Cheers,

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Advice on used sled purchase

Post by Jim & Stacey Turcott » Fri, 23 Aug 1996 04:00:00

i am not sure what $2800.00 is in american, but a freind bought a '91 400
in mint condition last year for $2700.00 The polaris 400 is a great trail
sled. If you buy it you will really enjoy it.
           Jim



Quote:

> 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.

> Cheers,

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Advice on used sled purchase

Post by Chris Ecklun » Fri, 23 Aug 1996 04:00:00

Dave:

   High miles for the price, rent one this winter try it out,the
difference a few years has made is very big.

   Think about doing the RAP tour this winter, we will be doing it
probably in February. Many types of machines to chose from, or call
 a local operator.

Chris Ecklund
Canadian Snowmobile Adventures

 
 
 

Advice on used sled purchase

Post by Tom Ave » Sat, 24 Aug 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>I'm looking for a little advice and I was hoping someone here had an
>opinion or two.

Lots of opinions on the net...

Quote:
>My neighbour down the road has an '89 Polaris Indy 400 that he
>is selling for $2,800 (Canadian). The sled only has 3000 miles
>on it and runs nicely (no bogging, sputtering, hard-starts, ...)

$2800 Canadian at 1.31 Hotel exchange rate is about $2,140 US.
which still seems a little high for an 8 year old sled. The 3000 mi.
is low for an 8 year sled. I think Bud from Alaska thought the mileage
was high. TC in mlps put ~5,000 mi. on his sled this winter. I put
1100 miles on mine. So it really hasn't been riden that much.

Was it completely cold when he started it?? Surprise him, and go down
and ask him to start it.

TA

TA
--
Tom Avery
XTRA Special XLT
'Unofficial' Gates *** Test Pilot

 
 
 

Advice on used sled purchase

Post by Michael Ha » Sat, 24 Aug 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>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
>soon...

Whoa... then 2388 on my 96 XLT Sp is like almost ready for the
boneyard? :-)

Michael

 
 
 

Advice on used sled purchase

Post by Alan Burghe » Sat, 24 Aug 1996 04:00:00

A friend of mine owns a '91 400 Indy and has driven it hard with little
or no maintenance.  He is a big fellow and likes to drive fast.  The
suspension is toast but the machine amazes me.  One pull to start it and
it works great.  A very tough snowmobile!
I think 2800 may be a bit much but not necessarily if it is in extremely
good condition.  The most important thing with snowmobile engines is the
method of off season storage.  Bearings and seals can dry out and cause
major damage if not fogged (oiled) prior to storage.  I would investigate
this prior to purchase.  A compression test would also be recommended
(should be 100 to 120 psi and no more than 5 lbs variance from one
cylinder to the other).  I would also highly suggest you take the sled to
a Polaris dealer or qualified mechanic for a check over prior to
purchase.  The nominal cost is good insurance
One other thing to note... I drive a '92 Indy 500 and find that it is now
realitivly small compared to the majority of sleds on the trails.  I am
seriously considering trading up.

Best of luck and feel free to contact me if I can be of any further
assstance.

 
 
 

Advice on used sled purchase

Post by TD Pet » Sun, 25 Aug 1996 04:00:00


writes:

Quote:
>My neighbour down the road has an '89 Polaris Indy 400 that he
>is selling for $2,800 (Canadian).

Last season I saw a couple of decent Indy 400s at around $1400 to 1500 US.

Don McLuckie
Illinois, USA

 
 
 

Advice on used sled purchase

Post by Bob Sulliva » Sun, 25 Aug 1996 04:00:00

Quote:



> >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
> >soon...

> Whoa... then 2388 on my 96 XLT Sp is like almost ready for the
> boneyard? :-)

> Michael

Before I bought the Ultra last year, I had an 87 Indy 400.  It had 9878
miles on it when I traded it in.  It still ran like new.  Dealer checked
the compression when looking it over for trade.  It was at the bottom
end of the compression range for a new 87 400 motor.  I would bet that
motor would go another 9878 miles.
BTW,  The sled was a blast to ride, really light and handled well.  I
had upgraded the shocks to Fox shocks though.

Bob Sullivan
96 Ultra

 
 
 

Advice on used sled purchase

Post by J.C. Anders » Mon, 26 Aug 1996 04:00:00

I don't think you can go wrong, buddy!  I've owned an Indy 400 in the past
and it is a great machine.  The price seems to be fair (even in
Canadian).  I'd say go for it, the other brands back in that day and age
couldn't even come close to matching anything made by Polaris.  Don't even
bother with another brand if you're going used.

-J.C.

Quote:

> 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.

> Cheers,

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> | David Rumsey      Opinions expressed are my own and do                    |

> | (613) 763-5635                                                            |
> | Ottawa, Canada                                                            |
>  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
> |       Opportunity always involves risk:                                   |
> |         You can't steal second base while keeping your foot on first.     |
>  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Advice on used sled purchase

Post by Eric » Tue, 27 Aug 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> I don't think you can go wrong, buddy!  I've owned an Indy 400 in the past
> and it is a great machine.  The price seems to be fair (even in
> Canadian).  I'd say go for it, the other brands back in that day and age
> couldn't even come close to matching anything made by Polaris.  Don't even
> bother with another brand if you're going used.

> -J.C.


> I can't get to the old article so I'll piggy-back on J.C.'s here since I

agree with his opinion.  I owned a '87 400 in '89. Rode it for two years
to about 5800 miles and sold it to a friend.  He still has it and hasn't
had any problems as was the my experience with the sled.  I bought a '88
400 for my son last year and it has 4800 miles on it.  It was owned by my
father and hasn't had any problems.  The only thing I will caution you on
is the clutch.  They need rebuilding at about 2500 - 3000 mile intervals.
  Parts are about $75 and labor is about 1 hour.  

My dealer says that the 88 400 I bought from my dad would go for about
$1800 US (everything is except the windshield is in great condition).  I
love the sleds!  I think they are one of the all time great sleds.

Eric

PS the one problem I did fix on the 400 and the wifes 500 is the spark
plug caps.  They vibrate and wear out at about 4000-5000 miles.  The 400s
are not prone to crank failure as was stated in another article.

 
 
 

Advice on used sled purchase

Post by Chadek » Wed, 28 Aug 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> It had 9878
>miles on it when I traded it in.  It still ran like new.  Dealer checked
>the compression when looking it over for trade.  It was at the bottom
>end of the compression range for a new 87 400 motor.  I would bet that
>motor would go another 9878 miles.

In areas that get snow and have groomed trails 10,000 miles is not
uncommen. The 3,000 mile and worn out  comes from habit and mid 70's early
80's machines and or ditch riding in low snow volume.
 
 
 

Advice on used sled purchase

Post by Dennis Barbie » Sat, 31 Aug 1996 04:00:00

Quote:
> In areas that get snow and have groomed trails 10,000 miles is not
> uncommen. The 3,000 mile and worn out  comes from habit and mid 70's
early
> 80's machines and or ditch riding in low snow volume.

I know some guys who rent out sleds in the great white north, they have
fleets of 50 + sleds, and besides regular maintenance they do not touch the
motors for a rebuild untill 10 000 miles.

I think as long as you take care of your engine, it will last a long time.
BUt if you dont, it could need a rebuild at 3000 miles, hell i know a guy
who rebuild his at 1500 miles, but he never let it warm up and i think he
cold seized it...

anwyas, my 2 cents