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Howdy everyone - first post here. Found this site via Google search. I own a Honda VTX 1300c and this forum looks identical to the VTX forum I read.

I am looking at selling my dirt-bike and going with a quad. Most of my friends ride trails and I am looking at a 2006 Foreman 500. It is new from the dealer and I will be out the door for around $6200. It is not the ES model, which I don't really like anyway. A friend of mine has a 350 rancher ES and it is a nice quad, but I don't really like the electric shift. Guess I'm too used to using the foot-shifter.

I know that Honda's are well made and run great, but just thought I would ask for some input. Is this a good deal or should I look for one used? Is the 4x4 worth having?

Thanks for all the input!

Dave~
 

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Welcome to the site.Yes,a 4x4 is worth having.You'll be happy with the Foreman 500,it's a great ATV.I also have a 2006 Foreman 500,I bought it in february 2006 and it was $5695.00 out the door.
 

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Yes go with the 4X4 but see if you can get the foreman S. I know what you mean abut the electric shift. To me electric and water don't mix. But if you can get the 06 with a manual trans you will love it. I just put another $900 in mods to mine it is fun to build and trail riding. I go through some good mud holes and cross water creeks. From towing a trailer throuch the and working in the back yard clearing land putting up fence with some bad mud mine does the wrok that I need. To me riding throgh the woods making your own trails and going through mud your friends can't go through with out getting stuck the Foreman is PRICELESS!!!
 

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I have to disagree on the manual shift part. I was totally against an electric shift but, at the time I bought my machine that is what was available. Now that I have had one I would never go back. Ten times easier to use when you are buried in mud or water, really fast to shift(if I don't feel like letting off when I shift I don't), and having spent most of my time in swamps and mud the electrics aren't a problem whatsoever. Added bonus is whatever footwear, wether it is shoes or boots or the footwell is totally plugged with mud, the electric shift is always easily used. I also have a foreman 400 manual and would take the 500 ES over it anyday. Just my opinion.
 

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buying a 06 500 foreman S

I have an 06 honda foreman S,be sure if you buy it,listen to the motor before you sign anything,if it has a knock and they tell you it is normal for that motor RUN to your truck and get the **** out of there and go to another dealer or you will be re-buliding it! I should have listen to this advice when I bought mine,it is in the shop now for a rebuild.
 

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billy baja, u serious. have there been posts on this page about that, i havn't come acrosse any thing, but i'm pretty new, i did about 4 months of research on atvconnection web forums and others and havn't read any thing about it. its a honda to, i've neaver heard any thing like that from honda, mabe yames or polaris(hehe). i'm interestd to hear what was wrong? bad oil pump? valve adj? bougt mine less than 3 days ago. never thought twice bout it. verry intested in yoru side of the story.

oh dmoney i payed 6,136 for my e06 es OTD. i am 10 hrs from southern honda and they had there (500 s) for 5,322 which was unbeatable, and i did alot of calling and bargining and what i payed was the closest i could get. southern honda doesnt charge tax AND which would be 400 when i got back t fl. and registerd it. then the gass and lodgeing it would end up being the same. i've heard alot of good thigns about southern honda thow, and woudl recomend it.(never done bisness with them thow)

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buying a froeman 500

When I bought mine it had a knock in the motor,the dealership told me it was a normal noise for that motor,then I heard some other 06 foremans and they did not sound like that.i brought it back to the dealership 3 times before they told me they would check it out,they ended up changing the crankshaft,piston and rod,got it back still making the same noise,they said it was normal,that was in May 06,Jan 07 was riding down shifted heard a loud clank,then the knock really got worse,brought it to another dealership,they re-built the motor and tranny,$4200.00.
If your bike is making a knocking noise bring it in an insist they fix it right and do not accept it back until the knock is gone.
 

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Thanks all for the input & prices that you paid!

Grtwhthntr - I have ridden my buddy's ES 350 Rancher & it was nice, but I guess I'm just not used to changing gears with my thumb. I rode 2-stroke dirt-bikes in high-school, have a yz400f & a VTX 1300c. I'm just used to flipping though gears with my left foot - that's all. Was it a wierd transition for you?

harry - looks like some great prices there at southern honda! I'm in Washington state, in the Seattle area, so it would be a bit of a drive for me, but thank-you for the info!

billybaja - the dealers up here have you sign all the paperwork & than they fuel the quad, charge the battery & test run it. They did this when my buddy bought his ES 350 Rancher. I've never asked to "hear" the bike before I buy it, but I can guarantee you that I will. & I'll be listening for the knock that you mentioned.

Thanks again, fellas! I'll keep you posted on what happens. My wife tells me I need to make sure and sell my YZ400F first & than I can buy the quad.

I'm sure I'll be back on here browsing for all the upgrades that I will need & prolly asking questions too.
 

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So I looked at a Yamaha Big Bear 400 4x4 the other day. It was an 07, smaller in power, but had independent rear suspension & diff lock. On the down-side, it did not have the digital speedo read-out.

Guess I'm on the fence now...

Thanks again to all who have chimed in!
 

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I got ripped i guess, i thought i was getting a good deal compared to most places here in south tx. but i payed $7200 otd for an 06 500 S
You probably paid $6,399.00 (m.s.r.p) for it plus tax. A year ago I paid 5600 otd for my 05 foreman es.
 

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the chapest place

LAKE HILL MOTORS Corinth,Miss,
$5450 out the door Year ago in march with free 4 year warranty
warranty not good any more with my accessories

i drove a 20hr round trip from Texas to get mine well worth the drive with 2 people driving. $200 for fuel and food.
total price $5650

Honda shop near my house said $6300 plus TT&L
just under $7000 out the door


<a href="http://www.lakehillmotors.com/index.htm" target="_blank">http://www.lakehillmotors.com/index.htm</a>
right now All 2006 Foreman 500 S & ES - $5099.99
 

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mine is a 2006 foreman 500 4x4 S
 

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In Jan 06 I bought mine a leftover 05 with 8 hrs on it. I paid $4500 plus tax w/ full warranty and first service completed. No trouble with it at all. I've been plowing 12-24 inches of snow with my state plow and it loves the work. In the summer it gives the sport quads a work out and it flies. as my buddies say watch the "pig fly".
 

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Re: the chapest place

QUOTE ("aastelly":14cm2wth)
LAKE HILL MOTORS Corinth,Miss,
$5450 out the door Year ago in march with free 4 year warranty
warranty not good any more with my accessories

i drove a 20hr round trip from Texas to get mine well worth the drive with 2 people driving. $200 for fuel and food.
total price $5650

Honda shop near my house said $6300 plus TT&L
just under $7000 out the door


<a href="http://www.lakehillmotors.com/index.htm" target="_blank">http://www.lakehillmotors.com/index.htm</a>
right now All 2006 Foreman 500 S & ES - $5099.99
Man - it sucks up here in Washington! I wonder how much shipping would cost....
 

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Re: the chapest place

QUOTE ("dmoney":3a1bahdm)
QUOTE ("aastelly":3a1bahdm)
LAKE HILL MOTORS Corinth,Miss,
$5450 out the door Year ago in march with free 4 year warranty
warranty not good any more with my accessories

i drove a 20hr round trip from Texas to get mine well worth the drive with 2 people driving. $200 for fuel and food.
total price $5650

Honda shop near my house said $6300 plus TT&L
just under $7000 out the door


<a href="http://www.lakehillmotors.com/index.htm" target="_blank">http://www.lakehillmotors.com/index.htm</a>
right now All 2006 Foreman 500 S & ES - $5099.99
Man - it sucks up here in Washington! I wonder how much shipping would cost.... [/quote]
You think Washington is bad, should head a little farther north, bought my '06 last June for $9350 + 13% taxes. I only wish Canadian prices were more on par with the US.
 

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i would cry if i had to pay that much!
 

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Re: the chapest place

QUOTE ("Grtwhthntr":2f9h8tdy)
QUOTE ("dmoney":2f9h8tdy)
QUOTE ("aastelly":2f9h8tdy)
LAKE HILL MOTORS Corinth,Miss,
$5450 out the door Year ago in march with free 4 year warranty
warranty not good any more with my accessories

i drove a 20hr round trip from Texas to get mine well worth the drive with 2 people driving. $200 for fuel and food.
total price $5650

Honda shop near my house said $6300 plus TT&L
just under $7000 out the door


<a href="http://www.lakehillmotors.com/index.htm" target="_blank">http://www.lakehillmotors.com/index.htm</a>
right now All 2006 Foreman 500 S & ES - $5099.99
Man - it sucks up here in Washington! I wonder how much shipping would cost.... [/quote]
You think Washington is bad, should head a little farther north, bought my '06 last June for $9350 + 13% taxes. I only wish Canadian prices were more on par with the US.[/quote]

Doh!!! Okay, I'll shut up now....

I sat on a new Rancher 420 at the dealership today. Thinking that this might be the new toy for me, instead of the Foreman for right now. Besides, if my wife gets into riding, she can have the Rancher & I'll end up getting the Foreman. But if I already have a Foreman than I'd have to buy her a "new" ride. See where this is going?

Dave~
 
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