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What experiences do you all have with long term operation and reliability of ES on the Foreman and other Honda ATVs? I have an 06 Foreman ES and was wondering what I may have to look forward to in terms of long term reliability. Also, if it does "malfunction" what is the typical cost to fix? Thanks.
 

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I had a 2000 Foreman 450 ES and I only had 2 probs. out of it.....1 My battery died and the little alternator or whatever you call it didnt make enough power at idle to shift so you had to rev it up just alittle to shift.....2 the old foremans didnt have the little boots around the buttons and one day mine got full of mud and I had to ride back about 2 miles in 3rd gear a water hose easily fixed that! I almost had 4000miles on it when I got rid of it and it worked perfect....and it still works perfect today under a new owner !!!

Hadnt had a bit of problems outa my 06!
 

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I swear I'll never buy another Honda model with ES.I've had so many problems with my wife's Recon ES.It's a 2002 model and the first 2 years were pure he!!. After replacing the angle sensor 3 times,the ECM once and the handlebar switches once it's been pretty good.Still had a problem where you have to push the upshift button more than once to upshift,but AMSOIL synthetic oil and"loosening" the clutch seemed to cure that problem.
 

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I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER HONDA ES QUAD!! for one after 6 months angle sensor. 1 year another angle sensor. and 2 year another angle senor... im been through like 5 since may of 2005...
 

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I have not had any real problems with my es, had to have the clutch adjested one time. What kills me is a lot of guys say they wont buy an es, they dont want to fix them when the break etc but they will buy axle after axle when there huge tires keep breaking them.
 

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I've had zero problems with the ES on my Rincon, Ruby and/or Foreman. I put diaelectric grease on my angle sensors and never any problems. I am in the creek almost every night. Mine have been maintenance free.
 

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no complaints on mine,works great.I would be more reluctant to buy a rancher or rubi with the esp before the es on my foreman.
 

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I'm not complaining about the cost of the angle sensor or replacing it,it's just very frustrating when you're miles from home and the darn thing won't shift.From what I gather,it seems the 2002 models were the most troublesome.I have friends with 2005 and 2006 models and theirs have been trouble free.
 

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QUOTE ("Yooperforeman":344vpgf4)
I'm not complaining about the cost of the angle sensor or replacing it,it's just very frustrating when you're miles from home and the darn thing won't shift.From what I gather,it seems the 2002 models were the most troublesome.I have friends with 2005 and 2006 models and theirs have been trouble free.
But at least when it does this you can use the tool and still get back home.
 

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i'm a firm believer that if you take care of your bike, it'll take care of you. a good wash and inspection after every good ride seems to cut maintenance in half when you catch a potential problem before it actually creates one.
 

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QUOTE ("greglaney":3txy5sh5)
i'm a firm believer that if you take care of your bike, it'll take care of you. a good wash and inspection after every good ride seems to cut maintenance in half when you catch a potential problem before it actually creates one.
I agree with that,However I have meticulously maintained the Recon ES and it was ridden by my wife since new and has never been abused.Once in a while you just get a LEMON.
 
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