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I just bought a new 2008 Rubicon last week. The shop I went to carries the 4 major import brands and after much comparison I chose the Rubicon. The fit, finish and overall look of quality made the Honda line stand out from the others.
Well fast forward a week later and I discover two ATV sites and BOTH have numerous threads regarding Rubicon transmission failures. Seems to be a relatively common problem throughout the model years. Now I am left wondering if I did indeed purchase the right machine. I haven't had a chance to ride mine yet other than around my 2 acre parcel and already I have to rock it back and forth to get it to show "D" . It didn't have this problem on the showroom floor. Also I noticed that it won't go into "L" unless the engine is running. Is that normal?
I REALLY like the way the machine looks but feel like I may have dropped $8500.00 on a ticking timebomb?
Thanks for taking the time to read and hopefully responding to my concerns!
 

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nice rubi

you have made a very good choice. if anything ever goes out then it may be small electrical component. in fact, most situations end up that rider error or poor maintenance caused the problem. if you don't turn it into a boat, keep the oil changed and allow it to warm up you'll be good for a long time. as far as rocking goes. the way the gears operate, you may have to blip the throttle to get everything lined up right. this phrase comes from the owners manual. its perfectly normal, and the key to finding your gear, is being able to move the tires just slightly to allow proper engagement. make sure you read through your manual very thorough, it helps with all kinds of questions you may have. i have snorkeled mine and ride it hard, and it performs very well, with no hang ups so far.

also keep in mind, you will only read about problems because people don't post how good they run. if there is nothing wrong generally they dont aks questions. but the minute something ats funny, they will post up HELP, my rubicon ______ , fill in the blank. but honestly most times the problem lies within the operator!

have fun, what color did you get? any pics??
 

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Those failures,are mainly the older ones.01-03/04 they have updated since then(the problematic parts) Anyways,enjoy it.I have 1600 miles on mine,and its been all hard...very hard riding,thats all i like to do.And mine has not showed any problems,but time will tell.Im friends w/some farmers out here and all they have are rancher,and rubi's.05 06 rubis is what years they have,and none of them have had tranny problem,and they have 15-30k miles i couldnt beleive the miles they put on them.
 

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If you do some research on the other brands you'll see they are not without their own issues . I like yourself purchased my bike form a large dealer a few months ago that carries many different brands. I went to the dealership to compare after much research. I had planned to purchase a King Quad 450 just because my other bike is a King Quad. I was and still am very impressed with the Brute Force 650/750i good looking bike but still has cv belt . Once on showroom the Honda shines above all the others
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/ --> . It does lack in some features and excels in others my favorite feature is the tranny. I think a lot of people that have issues join the forums to ask questions and that makes it seem like there is a lot problems. So if 100 people out of 3000 on the forum post problems it seems like a lot. But out of the 300000 or more bikes sold its not very many. I am very happy with my new Rubi and if you think you have to rock you Rubi to get it in gear you should try to get my 99 King Quad in gear . Good Luck Chris,
 

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Thanks for the replies thus far!
Rancher,
I got the camo color and I gotta say it looks much nicer than the Realtree or Mossy Oak type camo on other brands. Just by appearance and touch it looks like it might be more durable but I haven't had a chance to test that yet ! No pics but I plan on taking it squirrel hunting Wednesday so will post some up then.

Hopefully my riding style will result in a trouble free machine. I avoid mud and water like the plague and make EVERY effort to drive around even the smallest puddle. Most of my riding will consist of old logging roads and well maintained ATV trails.
Just can't see spending this much money on something only to abuse it.
 

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Got it at Star City Power Sports in Roanoke.
From your name it sounds like we have much in common. I do enjoy calling at night for predators. I mostly see raccoons with an occasional bobcat or gray fox thrown in the mix. Had coyote come one time but stopped 200 yards out which is a bit far for the ole' 22WMR.
 

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I was very skeptical of deciding on a Honda based on what I found in this forum, however, all of my friends who own other quads told me to get the HONDA. One has a Grizzly, one has a Brute Force, and the third had a foreman and they all said to get the HONDA for reliability. I would not doubt your purchase, I can't wait to go get mine.
 

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The problem with ATV sites, is that people come on here to look for help. Your going to see quite a few guys asking about problems they are having. It is nothing compared to the hundreds of thousands of Rubicons out there working flawlessly day after day. Enjoy the new ride, and don't worry about it there is a 1 year warranty anyway.
 

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The problem with ATV sites, is that people come on here to look for help. Your going to see quite a few guys asking about problems they are having. It is nothing compared to the hundreds of thousands of Rubicons out there working flawlessly day after day. Enjoy the new ride, and don't worry about it there is a 1 year warranty anyway.
When did they start the 1 year warranty? cuz mine was only 6 months
 

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Don't know when they started the one year warranty but the dealer did indeed say it was a full year where most others are six months. Just to be on the safe side I bought the Honda 48 month extended warranty.
I truly hope I don' have to use it though .
Can't wait to take it on my upcoming squirrel hunt but I am scared I'll end up spending more time riding than hunting .
 

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Don't know when they started the one year warranty but the dealer did indeed say it was a full year where most others are six months. Just to be on the safe side I bought the Honda 48 month extended warranty.
I truly hope I don' have to use it though .
Can't wait to take it on my upcoming squirrel hunt but I am scared I'll end up spending more time riding than hunting .
Well...Thats cool,on the 1 year. i was going to buy the 4 year warranty,but bought the gearless locker instead....hope i dont regret it Good luck on the Squirrel,hunt
 

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I just bought a new 2008 Rubicon last week. The shop I went to carries the 4 major import brands and after much comparison I chose the Rubicon. The fit, finish and overall look of quality made the Honda line stand out from the others.
Well fast forward a week later and I discover two ATV sites and BOTH have numerous threads regarding Rubicon transmission failures. Seems to be a relatively common problem throughout the model years. Now I am left wondering if I did indeed purchase the right machine. I haven't had a chance to ride mine yet other than around my 2 acre parcel and already I have to rock it back and forth to get it to show "D" . It didn't have this problem on the showroom floor. Also I noticed that it won't go into "L" unless the engine is running. Is that normal?
I REALLY like the way the machine looks but feel like I may have dropped $8500.00 on a ticking timebomb?
Thanks for taking the time to read and hopefully responding to my concerns!
If your concern is reliability relax, don't worry you did purchase the right machine. I will say with confidence that there is maybe only one or two bikes that are more reliable and they would also be Hondas. I have an '06 with 1200km on it and I have had no problems. The fact that you have to rock it back and forth to get it in gear is normal. If you check, it will go into low if the machine is stopped, you may have to rock it a little harder. Your machine is new and not broken in yet, moving parts are tight ,but it is all normal.

My brother has a 2002 Rubicon and it has 14000km on his (8000 miles) and the only thing that he has had to replace was a wheel bearing. Once again, there are lots of better performing bikes out there, but you will find that with the right tires no one will be leaving you behind. However, there are few machines out there that is more reliable and I have seen some really abuse Rubicon that just will not quit.

Don't worry about your machine, it is the best built money can buy. Has your machine and others around you get older, that is when you'll see your machine shine above all the rest. You 'll have far less problems than you buddies and yours will feel newer much longer.

So relax, enjoy, you did the right thing.
 

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Torrance, Calif. — Honda now offers six months of free extended coverage to the original six-month warranties on new 2007 and prior ATV models sold before 12/31/08.

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Very solid machine, have fun and don't worry about a thing. You're just experiencing buyer's remorse, has happened to me too.

Top Notch, First Rate Machine. I used mine like a submarine with zero problems. Tranny....................aaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh that smooth tranny................ya gotta love it
 

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"FREE SIX MONTH EXTENDED SERVICE CONTRACT ON NEW 2007 AND PRIOR YEAR HONDA ATVS!

Torrance, Calif. — Honda now offers six months of free extended coverage to the original six-month warranties on new 2007 and prior ATV models sold before 12/31/08.

This follows the recent news that all 2008 Honda ATVs will feature a 12 month warranty.

“Our ATV customers can have the benefit of increased protection on more models right now,â€
 

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I have to bump the throttle on my 05 to get it into gear sometimes as well. Mostly when going to or coming from Low.

If Honda can come up with a push button shifter, why can't they come up with a push button high, low, neutral and reverse?????
 
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