2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60 Posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1267 times:
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So, in the interest of reducing the wear and tear on my car during the snowy months, I'm kicking around the idea of picking up a cheap used snowmobile.
During the warmer/dryer months, I usually commute by bicycle, but that's not much fun in the winter.
I only live about a mile away from work, and about a mile from the grocery store. It seems like a waste to get the car out every time I have to drive a mile. I like my car, and I hate subjecting it to the snowy, salty mess that exists from November until March.
So I've been looking at snowmobiles on Craigslist. here are a couple I've found:
This one apparently runs well, has some various cosmetic issues, and is listed for $350:
This one apparently runs fine and is listed for $500:
I'm interested in any advice....things to look out for, brands/models to avoid, etc. I know nothing about snowmobiles, and understand that a $300-500 sled will probably be a piece of junk, but I'd like to think that I could find something basic in that range that will get me around town for a winter or two.
CanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3387 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1222 times:
Once you get down in that price range, then it basically becomes a matter of "as long as it runs". Atleast those type of sleds are pretty easy to keep going, not a whole lot of parts to break. I've seen lots of old beater SkiDoos and Yamahas still going strong(ish) with just some basic fixing.
Ihadapheo From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 6027 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1221 times:
Dang, Sadly we moved away from the swamp and no longer can no longer hit the trails. My sister-in-law kept a pair of arctic cats (If memory serves me they were ZR 600s).
We could drive right out the driveway make a right turn and 20 feet later we were on the trails. Loads of fun and a good way to spend the day/night. We had all kinds of critters back there from deer to turkeys.
If you have never ridden before I suggest you start off slow in an open area before blasting off into the bush. I would be very careful taking one on the roads to go to a store as cars sometimes have a bit of trouble seeing "sleds". That said even here away from the swamp many people buzz around on them and if I had the cash I would not mind having one of my own.
$500.00 for a sled you might have for a couple of seasons is not a bad deal plus if you like riding the trails you can always upgrade to something bigger and better.
I highly recommend getting a snowmobile and I know you will enjoy it...
Oh well, Airport 1975 is on again and as per usual I can not stop myself from watching the whole thing.
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Lowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1144 times:
We had a couple of Kawasaki 440 Invaders when I was young. Those were a blast. Since then my family has always had various Polaris products and they have worked reasonable well. I haven't had one for about 6 years now, but have been thinking about getting back in. If you get a two stroke machine, you might not be able to take it into certain parks of rec areas. I am not sure if this is a big factor in this part of the country yet, but 2 strokers are forbidden in other areas. If this is not in your plans, though, you might be able to get a good deal for this reason. No matter what you get, always carry an extra belt, and figure out how to change it before you need to.