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Old 10-23-2010, 11:39 AM
 
Location: MO Ozarkian in NE Hoosierana
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Friend is looking at getting a new UTV, comparing the following - does anyone have recommendations, etc. on what they've used or read about these, pros / cons?

Kawasaki Mule 3010 $10,000
Kubota RTV 900 $12,000
John Deere Gator XUV 825I $11,000

Also, recommend diesel or gas?

He is a farmer in upper Ozarks of Missouri, slight rolling terrain, has ~300 acre farm, running cattle and some crops, burns wood, hauling cattle feed, fixing fence, etc.,,, so use this device instead of a pick-up. So, this will be a working tool, not necessarily for play, exploring, hunting, etc. [until I'm there to borrow it! ]
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Old 04-19-2016, 03:03 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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If he can get a Kubota Diesel for $12,000, buy it. They run $15,000 and up in Maine.
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Old 04-20-2016, 03:35 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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$3000... Suzuki Samurai with a VW diesel conversion

40 mpg, street legal, heater, radio, and wipers. (Great for light farm work / spraying / errands)
Climbs like a goat., makes a good RV toad.

Other similar options

CJ5 with cummins 4bt
Bronco 1 with 4 bt
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Old 04-26-2016, 03:42 AM
 
Location: In a state of mind
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What Rabbit said.

I'm for a jeep - costs less than any UTV and you can get a newer one with air conditioning!
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Old 04-26-2016, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Back and Beyond
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Someone beat me too the samurai suggestion... I had an 88 when I lived in the high desert and it was more fun to drive around then a side by side, I miss it. Plus you can drive them into town if you desire. I bought mine from 2 hours away and had to drive it back including a 50 mile interstate jaunt. Going over 55mph in a samurai is an intense experience.

I love side by sides but they are incredibly pricey. You could literally get three nice samurais for the price of one and probably keep it running forever. If you've ever seen a 4 door side by side and a samurai next to each other, they are remarkably similar in size. The samurai might even have a shorter, although a tad wider, wheelbase than the 4 seaters.

Ahh , this makes me nostalgic for my samurai. Next time I'm in the southwest I'm going to look for another rust free one. They seem to be asking about $1000 more for the average samurai as they were when I bought mine several years ago too. A UTV that appreciates in value .
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Old 04-26-2016, 03:51 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I keep my eyes open for Sami's, I saw about 15 in a pasture near Ft Davis, TX in 2007

I can usually find them 'rust-free' for under $2,000. The 'crawler' crowd has made them tough to find unmolested.

I hear that, 2 toyota transfer cases mounted back to back and 33" tires gives you the preferred ratios to make a low RPM diesel acceptable. One of my buddies is using a VW TDI to get double the HP of the IDI. I will stick with IDI's in Sami, cuz they are cheap and plentiful, and have 2x the rpm (but 2x the noise also)

For preference, I would still look for an early CJ and do a cummins transplant. You would have some robust USA centric iron as an end product.
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Old 04-29-2016, 04:04 AM
 
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I like my Samurai... paid $1050 for it with a bad tans bearing 15 years ago... while I was in there replacing the $30 bearing changed the clutch disc.

Aside from a battery and a top... spent virtually nothing on it.

Use it around the property and to move trailers in the yard... it is my only 4wd vehicle.

Nothing bad to say about them!
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Old 05-26-2016, 09:12 PM
 
Location: West Madison^WMHT
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Also, recommend diesel or gas?]
If he already has a supply of tax-free farm diesel available, go with diesel.

The primary drawback to diesel is that if you want to be able to use the UTV when the temperature is well below freezing, you need a block heater and need to put in anti-gel additive before the temperature drops.
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