Side by Side or 4x4

   / Side by Side or 4x4 #61  
For sport, those performance sxs look fun but I don’t have the property to justify the silly price point

The price is RIDICULOUS !! whos heard of a Cam am worth 42,000 dollars.
I don't know how they do it, but Cam an sells them like hot cakes, most of the neighbors around here have them or 2 or three, one for reach kiddo!

A year ago we watched one take a stop sign and broadsided an SUV, there was plastic everywhere, and he did walk away from it, thank God.

We owned a Yamaha rhino 700 special silver edition with all the bells and whistles, but it only held 2 riders.
We recently purchased a new Yamaha Viking vi, it holds 6 riders comfortably, and priced very reasonably and the grandkids love to go for long drives in it.
Top speed is 51 mph.
 
   / Side by Side or 4x4 #64  
Everything everyone has been saying can easily be summed up as different tools for different jobs.
A tractor /jeep/ pickup all can do most the things a side by side can do just not as well but can do things a side by side can't do as well. It comes down to what one needs to do and what value you place on the time and energy spent doing those jobs as to how justifiable each option is.

I put off getting a side by side for a long time. I made do with the tractor or just walking. Today I was putting up some fence for my neighbor. I had my little tractor and gator both out there. I mostly used the tractor for putting in wood posts, carrying posts, and spooling out the wire. The gator carried the fencing supplies and tools. All the trips back to the house cause I forgot something the gator got me there and back in a quarter of the time. I also sent my neighbor back and forth to fetch cold water, check tension on the far end of line etc as we went. It saved lots of time compared to days where he would walk to get something for me. Or I'd take the tractor back to the house. Also the 6 wheel design of the gator is a much smoother ride at 15-20mph across the fields than the tractor at 3 to 4mph. I'd much rather run the gator checking fence lines and doing livestock checks than the tractor. Plus it can carry tools easily where I'd normally walk. I know it will cut down on the number of steps I get each day but chores are done quicker. I wish the gator had a bit more knee room when sliding in and out but that's just a me problem with most everything.

Most of the things I've been using it for is time savers where using a truck would be troublesome and using the tractor would be slower. For the money I spent on the gator it is plenty worth it. I don't think I could justify spending 15k on a side by side but 2-4k on a used machine that I will put a couple hundred hours a year on is well in my justifiable spending range. I plan to keep an eye out for another diesel utv for my other property. Diesel because I don't like keeping gasoline around and I always have diesel available for the tractors and skidsteer.
 
   / Side by Side or 4x4 #65  
Bought a Kubota RTV 520. All Kubotas have a version of hydrostatic drive similar to our tractors'. Gives probably a lot more hill ****** than the typical CVTs in others. Hondas are different. Not quite sure what they have. The 520 is great. Will climb stuff the tractor cannot and is less likely to mark up the ground with tire marks.
 
   / Side by Side or 4x4 #66  
My wife and I have been looking at getting a side by side for running up and down the mountains in southeast KY. It seems the cheap ones start at about 8000 and they go up from there. The JD Gators can easily be 25000. Even used the resale seems fairly high for what it is.
My daughter was looking at a 2013 RAM 4x4 shortbed - 185000 miles. It was $6500. I took it for a test drive and it seemed fine - it needs a new heater core which I'm factoring in.

I can't really see why the side by sides are so high when a truck like this probably can about everything for just driving around the homestead - and maybe once in a while driving into town.

Why would someone get a gator/side by side if you can get a beater 4x4 truck for less money? What am I missing here?
What are you thoughts on this?
Grandkids.

I'll allow my grandson to drive the Kawasaki Mule, but I'd never let him try and drive my (or any other) truck.
 
   / Side by Side or 4x4 #67  
Bought a Kubota RTV 520. All Kubotas have a version of hydrostatic drive similar to our tractors'. Gives probably a lot more hill ****** than the typical CVTs in others.
???
Hill what.
 
   / Side by Side or 4x4 #68  
The price is RIDICULOUS !! whos heard of a Cam am worth 42,000 dollars.
I don't know how they do it, but Cam an sells them like hot cakes, most of the neighbors around here have them or 2 or three, one for reach kiddo!

It is ridiculous! But too many people are willing to pay the price so they keep on jacking the price up. I bought my 2020 Can-am Defender with full cab (doors, windows, and heat) for $21,000 and now the price has doubled. Same with Jeep...I've been looking at Jeep Wranglers for a couple years now and the price has gone up $30,000 in that time...they've even started charging $500 for any color paint except white. But again, as long as people keep buying they'll keep raising the price. Check out this window sticker on a Wrangler Rubicon!

2023 Wrangler Diesel.jpg
 
   / Side by Side or 4x4 #69  
^ plain silly!

My Willy’s cj5 was about 800$ a few years ago. I went to register it and I had to pay tax on its “21k blue book value”
My bill of sale was of no use. So I ended up paying more in tax/register than the jeep cost me(by almost 3x!)

I was told I could hire an independent auditor for $. I figured that would cost more than the tax savings, so I paid.

(But the jeep does rock after some work)
 
   / Side by Side or 4x4 #70  
^ I went to register it and I had to pay tax on its “21k blue book value”
My bill of sale was of no use. So I ended up paying more in tax/register than the jeep cost me(by almost 3x!)

That's the way it works in Nevada also. Doesn't matter what you actually pay for a vehicle, come time to register it they look the value up in the Blue Book and figure the tax from it. Sucks.
 
 
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