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SURVEY RESULTS POLARIS SPORTSMAN 550 OWNERS’ REPORT Better than the popular 500?

q Since 1996, the Sportsman 500 has been the most popular Polaris and standard measure for good value in a 4×4 quad. When Polaris introduced the 550 in 2009, it wasn’t just a bored-out version of the 500. Instead, it shared the same all-new design of the 850 Sportsman. Its 550 motor was also rotated 90 degrees in the chassis so that the crankshaft was in line with the driveshaft. Along with fuel injection, it was available with power steering as well.

Has the Sportsman 550 been a success based on the opinions of its owners? The results of this owners’ report would suggest that to be true. Some years ago, Polaris set out to improve the reputation of its ATVs in regards to quality, reliability and trouble-free operation. To its credit, Polaris appears to have succeeded. In the categories of durability, quality and performance, 100 percent of Sportsman 550 owners here gave their quads an excellent rating. q

MODEL YEAR

(of surveys received)

2011 17%

2010 42%

2009 41%

TYPES OF RIDING

Leisure trail riding HHHH

Fast trail riding HHHH

Snow HHH

Hunting & fishing HHH

Working &?hauling HHH

Mud HH

Sand HH

Organized racing H

THE ONE THING YOU

LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR SPORTSMAN 550

Comfortable HHHH

Power HHH

Handling HH

EPS H

Engine braking H

4×4 system H

Reliable H

Ground clearance H

Suspension H

THE ONE THING YOU LIKE LEAST

Tires HHH

Weight H

Noisy H

Suspension H

Single pedal brakes H

Shifting H

IF YOU COULD IMPROVE ONE THING ON YOUR QUAD

Suspension HH

Less weight H

More power H

Bigger gas tank H

Clutch H

Shifting H

More ground clearance H

Diff-lock H

DURING NORMAL

USAGE, WHAT BROKE, MALFUNCTIONED OR PREMATURELY WORE OUT?

Nothing HHHH

CV boot H

Wheel bearing H

Tires H

Belt H

Battery H

WHAT ACCESSORIES HAVE YOU ADDED?

Winch HHHH

Handguards HHH

Bumpers HHH

Storage box/bag HHH

Hot grips HH

Lights HH

Hitch HH

Exhaust H

Air filter H

Skid plates H

GPS H

Radio H

Racks H

WERE YOU HAPPY WITH THE OUTCOME?

Yes 100%

No 0%

HOW DO YOU RATE YOUR ATV’S DURABILITY?

Excellent 100%

Okay 0%

Poor 0%

HOW DO YOU RATE ITS QUALITY & ATTENTION

TO DETAIL?

Excellent 100%

Okay 0%

Poor 0%

HOW DO YOU RATEITS PERFORMANCE COMPARED TO OTHER QUADS IN ITS CLASS?

Excellent 100%

Okay 0%

Poor 0%

HOW DO YOU RATE YOUR LOCAL POLARIS DEALER?

Excellent 83%

Okay 9%

Poor 8%

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND A FRIEND TO BUY A SPORTSMAN 550?

Yes 100%

No 0%

IF YOU WERE TO BUY ANOTHER ATV, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Sportsman 850 HHHH

Another Sportsman 550 HHH

Can-am Renegade 800 H

Yamaha YFZ450 H

Kawasaki KFX450 H

WHAT DREAM ATV WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THE MANUFACTURERS OFFER?

Polaris Mud Pro HH

Sportsman 1000 H

Street-legal ATV H

HHHH= most responses

HHH= many responses

HH= some responses

H= few responses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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