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Reliability of can am

I heard of a lot of people state that can-ams are not that reliable? Is it just the quality of the bike or is there something that the user can do to improve the quality of the bike by changing certain parts

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Usually the people saying they are un reliable are people who own different brands and are brand loyal to what they own and that's it. I have been on quads for 30 years owned Yamaha's, Kawasaki's, Suzuki's and a Polaris. It seemed almost everytime I was planning a trip or going on a ride I was fixing them from wheel bearings to bushings and frames breaking etc it was always a constant battle. That ended basically 100% upon buying my first can am or bombardier as it was in 2004. Owned a Ds650 from 2004 until now and still have it. Have done wheel bearings once and axle bearings once. Was my first quad they didn't basically suck. Now have a 2011 renegade 800r with 5 thousand miles on it and it's basically been the same bullet proof machine. I've had to do the a arm bushings and change the belt and air filter but that's it. Starts up and rides with no issues. My dad also has a outlander 800 with over ten thousand and it drives and rides like new still. Not to say there aren't weird issues here and there but that's with everything. You want to see un reliable buy a brute force I know my wife has one. It always seems like guys say Honda is the best. Well maybe they are good maybe they are strong but they ride and drive like the quads in the early 80s and they can't break anything because they are to damn slow to break anything. All in all don't be worried about un reliable with can ams.

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They are actually very reliable. Theres many in the 5 digits for mileage. Thing is they make alot more power then most so stuff tends to break easier if you ride hard hard or start lifting and putting big tires. The reliability goes with how you treat it and how you maintain it.

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I never ever been left stranded even when I rolled one totaled it after getting the tires aired back up it started right up & limped the next 20 miles. Sure there are things you have to replace that seem some what stupid at low miles, brake pads on some machines & a-arm bushings. But unlike the old Hondas back in the day Can Am is a beast for power & fun factor. You should never go into buying a play toy thinking you wont have to spend money on maintaining it. Once you figure out all the little things you will love it.
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It’s not that their unreliable, it’s just that they have many down falls from the factory.

The front suspension is a joke. Way to soft and week.

The gear shifter lever can be a real pain in the ass to shift.

From the factory, heat blows on your left leg and foot like no tomorrow

Last thing that comes to mind is it seems like power steering issues come up every few years in different models.

Most of that can be fixed. Just sucks having to spend that extra money after spending thousands just getting the quad. That being said, I’ve already had a dps recall on my 570. It’s definitely a fast fun machine and I enjoy it.

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Yep. These are not a Honda, yamaha or Suzuki. They need constant tlc. Lots of hours maintaining my can am over the years.
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We have 2400+ miles on both of our 16 570's and honestly, I cannot complain about too many things.

OEM brake pads need to be upgraded within ~300 miles if you ride through muddy or sandy terrain. Others have had better luck, but most here will agree.

My GF's front diff had a leaky seal from the factory which was repaired under warranty. She does have some overheating issues due to the way we ride and the way the L Camo factory radiator is located. Nothing a relocate won't cure. Just haven't spent the $ to do so. I just clean it after each ride during the trip.

My XMR has had 1 broken front axle which was my fault.

Other than that, I grease after each trip, change the fluids and ride the hell out of them.
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I have a 2013 650 Max XT that I use for outfitting in northern sask that has just about 11000kms on it. Had to do a little bit of clutch work to it recently but really other than general maintenance it's given me no trouble. Any machine whether it be a Honda or a Yamaha or whatever will last according to how it's used and how it's maintained. My uncle runs a cattle ranch with over a thousand head on huge, middle of nowhere pasture. They have a couple 900 Rangers with 14000 and 11000 miles respectively. The Yamaha Rhinos they had before that had 21000 and 17000 kilometers respectively when they were sold to neighbors. They just bought a new cabbed Defender 1k and absolutely love it. Just about guarantee it'll show the same results.
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1850 kms so far not a problem,trail riding mostly little mud not much, but fairly aggressive riding,Brakes surprisingly still ok,tires good,no suspension probs of any kind...oil changes,grease,clutch service that's it...2013 400xt...They all break without service ...


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Yep my defender 1000 has almost 10000 miles and only thing it has needed was a sway bar mount and the front suspension bushings are a little loose. Also got a shock replaced under warranty as it was leaking. Other than that it has been very reliable, starts and runs great and still have pads left on the brakes.

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