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Old 04-11-2009, 08:38 AM   #1
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Hi, I was thinking of buying a brand new 07 500 arctic cat but the only thing that I am not sure of is the drive system. It is gear driven not automatic, so I would have to shift manually. Is that a bad thing? Also is a 500 big enough or am I going to wish that I got a bigger one once I buy it? Thanks
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Old 04-11-2009, 08:42 AM   #2
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I have a 2007 500M (the manual shift tranny) and love it. Its got great power for a 500 and I'm 215 lbs. I like the 5 speed cuz it seems to be more durable then some belt that only burns up.. What kinda deal is your dealer givin yah if you dont mind me asking.
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Old 04-11-2009, 08:49 AM   #3
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$6500. Canadian, its a pretty good deal considering 09's are around the $9000.00 mark
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Old 04-11-2009, 08:55 AM   #4
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Ya. Well I guess thats a good deal considering how much the 09's are. Does he have any 650 H1's?
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:09 AM   #5
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Ya, he's got some 08's and 09's. The 09's are cheaper than the 08's because they buy all their inventory from the states and they bought all the 09's when the dollar was at par. I can't remember but I think they were going for $9500 with no winch.
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You can get new 07 or 08 online from a dealership in MN I think. I had a quote last week for an 07 650H1 delivered to my door in Fl for 5100. I ended up finding a used 07 650 with only 333 miles for 3800. Check them out they are on Ebay. P.s dont get the manual auto is the way to go. Feet dont get wet and anyone can ride it. I hate shifting.

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Get the manual, gives you more control. Nothing wrong with the 500 power wise. Of course no matter what you get you'll always want more power. Mines done everything ive asked of it without a grumbleand thats been a lot.
For a work machine manuals the way to go. If your just wanting a trail machine and worried about getting your tootsies wet go auto.
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Really cant go wrong with the 500m shifting can be fun or can get old just depends on you and if you like shifting.
A auto is fun to ride as well and yes the belt is a wear item but the belt system on the AC is second to none and so long you dont fill it with muddy water all the time it will give many miles of trouble free service.

I would say get as much ride time on the 500m as you can at the dealer to see if you think shifting might not be your thing.
also price you might be able to get a 650H1 for not to much more.
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I always had Manuals before I went Cat, and let me tell you, They're lots of fun on a Sport Quad, but trails and Utility.... get an auto. jmo
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