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I purchased a new Arctic Cat Prowler 1000 UTV at the first of the year as I wanted to be one of the first to own one of the most powerful UTVs on the market. I bought in on all the propaganda from the manufacturer, followed BiPolar Racing in their win of the UTV Class of the Baja 1000 and read the great article in UTV Offroad Magazine regarding the release of the Arctic Cat Prowler 1000. I knew I had to have one.

I purchased my Prowler from Prestige Motorsports in Temecula, CA. and was anxious to receive delivery. During the checkout of the UTV we noted a leak in the coolant system. The mechanic at Prestige located an improperly installed O Ring. A quick fix and I was off to test my new “Prized Possession” at Ocotillo Wells located in the desert of Southern California. During the first run (less than 2 miles) I noticed seepage of differential fluid at the inner joint of the left CV at the rear differential. Needless to say that I did not want to ruin my new toy on its maiden voyage so we packed up and headed back home.

I contacted my dealer and explained what I had encountered. I was told that a seal was not properly seated and that I should take a rubber mallet and tap around the metal flange at the CV Joint to press it against the differential.

My next run was to the wonderful world of sand at Glamis. The Prowler ate up everything Glamis, and other UTV owners in our group were able to throw at me. On our third day, we were preparing for our morning ride when I was doing my pre-ride check and once again I noted oil from both sides of the differential leaking severly. Additionally I saw that the Plastic Intake Tube (which my dealer explained was used to bring in cool air for the clutch) was melted onto the parking brake disc located on the rear drive shaft. Further we noted that the Parking Brake Disc was scoured. Once again, our trip was cut short and I drove directly to the dealer with ONLY 200 MILES on the Prowler.

At the dealership, I was told that they had seen the tube melt previously on another Prowler and on that one the owner had left the parking brake on and that even leaving it on one or two clicks would engage the brake. It should be noted that there is an idiot light on the dash to indicate when the parking brake is left on. Mike from Prestige Motorsports and I checked my Prowler and saw that the Idiot Light did not illuminate until the parking break handle reached the third click. We then checked no less than three other Prowlers he had in stock and saw that the light varied in its actuation from 3 to 4 clicks.

We contacted Arctic Cat regarding the leaking differential and the issue we encountered with the parking brake. Arctic Cat had no problem paying to replace the differential seals but would not pay any portion of the Parking Brake repair.

With only 200 miles on my Prowler, I am somewhat anxious about what I will encounter during my next 200 miles.

Arctic Cat should concentrate less on its Marketing and more on it’s design, quality control and Customer Service if it wants to be a true contender in the UTV market.

Until they do so, maybe the readers should hold out for Yamaha’s new 900
 

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I feel your pain I still cant drive mine as the rear cv fall out of the diff when you drive it ...I called arctic cat yesterday and am waiting on a call back
 

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This is BS. The more I read of these issues with the XTZ (I did not know yours was inop too Johnny), the less likely I will be to upgrade next year. I thought I read somewhere that the XTZ went thrrough extensive testing before release. I guess we are their Beta testers???:wtf1:
 

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this is very disturbing news about the new xtz. as i bought one about 2 months ago.
haven't noticed any problems as yet .but I recently took it to baha kino Mexico and towed it down there on a trailer ,some where between New mexico and nogalas arizona the rear view mirror broke off apperantely from the wind .it was never found. when i called the dealor ship they said that it was imposable for the mirror to break just from the wind. maby it was just my imagineation.but the mirror was on when I left and was gone when I got there.there are only to tiny screws holding the mirror on. I think it should have been welded on. they can say all they want about good old American made stuff but the truth is it doesent hold up. rusty jim
 

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I've had all the same problems, left rear axle twice pop out, last weekend now the right it really sucks I've never worked on a new toy more then this one. over heating is on going spits out reservoir a lot even on a cold night ride, here's a new one I just noticed last week end when I first fire it up it takes a second or two before the other cylinder lights off not sure witch one yet then it runs fine is that normal for a V-twin my KTM V-twin has never done that, I have around 300 miles on it and always super unleaded
I really want to love this thing but these issue are starting to ware on me can anyone say class action

Is yamaha really coming out with a 900
 

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I've had all the same problems, left rear axle twice pop out, last weekend now the right it really sucks I've never worked on a new toy more then this one. over heating is on going spits out reservoir a lot even on a cold night ride, here's a new one I just noticed last week end when I first fire it up it takes a second or two before the other cylinder lights off not sure witch one yet then it runs fine is that normal for a V-twin my KTM V-twin has never done that, I have around 300 miles on it and always super unleaded
I really want to love this thing but these issue are starting to ware on me can anyone say class action

Is yamaha really coming out with a 900
Thanks guys, you just help me to make my final decision, I will buy a Teryx Sport, it seems that the new RZR-S and the prowler 1000 are unreliable, I want to come back out of the trail on my own wheels. Thanks again.
 

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Thanks guys, you just help me to make my final decision, I will buy a Teryx Sport, it seems that the new RZR-S and the prowler 1000 are unreliable, I want to come back out of the trail on my own wheels. Thanks again.

Dude, whatever you do....don't head over to the teryx forums...lol..sheesh..you may change your mind again.:wtf1:
 

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Have they had a lot of problems also? Teryx was going to be my first choice before I heard about the Prowler I really wished Artic Cat would have done more testing before put them on the market, or maybe were the testing bed, things I've had go wrong were right of the bat first 100 miles and still going wrong , now how did they go all the way in Baja and finish that just seems unbelievable to me
 

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At the dealership, I was told that they had seen the tube melt previously on another Prowler and on that one the owner had left the parking brake on and that even leaving it on one or two clicks would engage the brake. It should be noted that there is an idiot light on the dash to indicate when the parking brake is left on. Mike from Prestige Motorsports and I checked my Prowler and saw that the Idiot Light did not illuminate until the parking break handle reached the third click. We then checked no less than three other Prowlers he had in stock and saw that the light varied in its actuation from 3 to 4 clicks.

We contacted Arctic Cat regarding the leaking differential and the issue we encountered with the parking brake. Arctic Cat had no problem paying to replace the differential seals but would not pay any portion of the Parking Brake repair.
I wish I would have seen this sooner. It was there word against mine so they agreed to pay for parts and they wanted me to pay for labor. With 7 miles on the dash I was without my prowler for a month and a half. I picked mine up the 7th of February and took it out to play in the sand with my cousins rzr-s. I came home with my tail between my legs within 1/2 hour. My wife released the handle and the parking brake didn't let go. They can jump, kick, n scream that she didn't release it but she says she did and when I saw it, it was released at the handle. Mine was a little worse as the air tube was actually up in flames, warped the disk,pads,etc, and the plastic that melted burnt through the brake lines. Arctic cat had 2 parts on back order and kept me out of my prowler for just about 45 days.
I can go more into detail but I am on my phone and would rather not. Sorry if I don't make sense but these little keys annoy the crap outta me on my phone.
 

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Have they had a lot of problems also? Teryx was going to be my first choice before I heard about the Prowler I really wished Artic Cat would have done more testing before put them on the market, or maybe were the testing bed, things I've had go wrong were right of the bat first 100 miles and still going wrong , now how did they go all the way in Baja and finish that just seems unbelievable to me

A friend of mine bought a Teryx and he hates it. They seem to overheat, ALOT! If you do any kind of riding in the mud it will overheat because of the way the radiator is placed. He also has a problem with the cab getting so warm that the diff lock lever gets hot to the touch. He definitely regrets his purchase.
 

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i honestly think that all brands are having problems...they probably really didnt understand how much of a beating these things were going to take once everyone got a hold of them...I mean 1/2 of these things have 4 seat setups, which kill the suspension....i love my xtz but i def baby it for now...i see little things that are going to fail..like the ebrake cable run next to the exhaust pipe uncovered...the diffs leaking...some axles pulling out...over heating....i mean the list goes on...but all manufacturers are running into issues for sure...
 

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i had to replace my parking brake cable it was binding up from the handle to the brake the cable makes two sharp turns after awhile the cable starts to stick not letting the brake release
 

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I think it is apparent that there is some issues with the Arctic Cat UTV.

But at the same time they gave all of us exactly what we wanted...Lots of power! After dealing with some ridiculous HP numbers in some of our race cars and seeing what these little motors can tear up. It really doesn’t surprise me that they have general mechanical failure. I venture to guess designing and building a power plant like that cost a lot! To be competitive in a stock UTV market you have to be able to get these things out the door for under $15K. So it really sounds like they just had to cut some corners to save money. These were never intended to be driven like we do. Our Nessy went through the 500 and the 1000 with just a few broken wheels. Axels will always be an issue with HP and the only way to solve that is to build them into something that can match what you’re asking of it. I bet if you took your new Pick up offroading the way you take your Prowler it would come back limping. I'm not saying that gives an excuse for stuff to fail, all I'm saying is that you got to expect realistic performance. Glamis Rick has one of the sickest Cat's I have ever seen and he go's way big when he rides but I bet he paid for it...Just my 2 cents.
 

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Artic cat has everyone fooled on the artic cat front differential locker. it has many problems. once the front end is pulling hard or jumping differential pops out.Im glad i financed it through artic cat .If they dont find the solution to problem they can have this POS back.Also i should mention my brothers have same problemson their 2009 1000 prowlers
 

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Would not recommend buying artic cat prowlers. My brothers and i purchased two 2009 1000s and one 2009 700 prowlers. Front locking differential does not stay locked in.My cousins Yamaha and ranger would blow right past us and keep pushing snow above their grill.Why we were shoveling snow to get out.
 

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I have only had my AC for about 5 months. I have really babied it,doors,top,stereo and side steps.My opinion is that i have a piece of shit.They really need to change a lot of things.I paid cash so i am stuck with it.IT stays in the shop,They have replaced so much on it.I have a standing pickup order where the dealer will come and pick it up.
 

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Arctic Cat may have some problems, but they pale in comparison to some of the other brands problems. Lets see, I know several RZR owners that have lost engines due to sucking in dirt past the air filter. I know a few RZRs that have bent the heck out of their shock mounts and one that even bent the frame from hitting a rut.
I know several rhino owners that whine constantly about not being able to pull themselves through the sand washes very good.
Guys, everyone has their problems, I haven't heard anything about front diffs acting like you have had. My advice is find a reputable dealer and work with them, there are many dealers out there that don't know what they are doing and don't fix the problems right the first time (and that goes for all brands, you ought to hear the other brands' forums griping about that).
GB, don't just say it's a piece of crap, tell us what problems you are having and perhaps I or some one else here can help you get them fixed right.
 

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I had a 09 Teryx Sport belt trouble from day one. Sold it got a xtz1000 last fall. I LOVE IT! The dust on teryx is unbelievable. Just my two cents.
 
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