2000 Polaris Scrambler 400 4x4, the best of both worlds.....
Jul 3, 2000 (Updated Mar 26, 2001)
Review by james.dedik
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:4X4, reverse, 2-stroke
The Bottom Line: This is a great machine for those of you seeking both 2-stroke "kick" and the luxury of four wheel drive.
A Little on my Situation
Recommend this product?
The Polaris Scrambler 400 4X4 is a great all around ATV. I live in the North Hills of Pennsylvania where I get a great deal of use out of the 4X4 feature of this machine. I have owned quads in the past, so I was looking for a machine that had the "snappy" feel of a 2-stroke engine, yet also offered 4X4 and reverse.
The Scrambler 400 is powered by a 378cc liquid cooled engine. The automatic transmission may be the deciding factor for many people when it comes down to buying this machine. Some may love it and some may not, it all depends on what you are looking for. Although it is a little heavier then some of it's counter parts (541 lbs.), there is sufficient stock power to get you where you need to go(36 hp stock). If you are looking to compare this machine to others that you are thinking about buying, it will be very difficult.
It really all depends what you are looking for in an ATV. If you are comparing the Scrambler 400 to, let's say, the Honda 400EX, the Yamaha Banshee, or the Bombardier DS650, there are going to be evident advantages and disadvantages. Obviously, the Scrambler is going to be much heavier then these machines (Honda 374 lbs., Yamaha 386lbs., and the Bombardier 460 lbs.). If you are looking for pure speed, the Scrambler is not going to compare to these machines. If you are looking for an agile, swift, aerial machine, again, the Scrambler is not going keep up with the others. I'm not saying that the Scrambler isn't fast, or that it can't be used for aggressive trail riding, only that compared to the above mentioned machines, the Scrambler doesn't compare in these categories.
Then again, if you are going to compare the Scrambler 400 to a Grizzly 600, a Polaris Magnum or Sportsman 500, or an Arctic Cat 4X4 utility machine, there will be obvious differences in this category of machines as well. The above mentioned machines have great power and can haul trailers using the tow hitch or pull stumps out of the ground (or another four wheelers out of the mud!) using a winch attachment. Where as the Scrambler would not really be proficient at performing any of these tasks.
Best of Both Worlds
What it really boils down too is that the Scrambler offers a little bit of both worlds. It offers a snappy feel with it's 2 stroke, 378cc engine, and also offers 4x4 and reverse for those hard to reach places and tight spots. It is not recommended that you use this machine for utility purposes. If your looking for a utility machine, look elsewhere. Maybe the Sportsman or the Magnum would be more appropriate.
Here in Pennsylvania there are plenty of hills and "lots" of mud and muck to explore. This machine does very well here and so far I'm very happy with my decision to buy this machine over the other models available from both Polaris and other manufacturers.
I've seen my share of Banshees, EXs, and Warriors buried up to there gas tanks in mud and not moving an inch or stuck on a steep hill spinning there back tires but not gaining any ground. In these situations, I was very happy to have a true, four wheel drive machine (no slip differential, all four tires spin all the time while in four wheel drive), instead of a speed hungry, light weight screamer like the Banshee, EX or Warrior. Don't get me wrong, if I lived where it was flat or near the dessert, I would probably feel different, but here in PA, I feel I bought the right machine for my riding habits.
-Snappy 378cc 2-stroke engine, liquid cooled.
-Automatic transmission (depending on what you like, this may be considered bad).
-Oil injection, no pre mix.
-On demand four wheel drive, not full time 4X4 like other machines.
-True four-wheel drive, all four wheels provide torque.
-Adjustable Fox rear shock.
-36 hp stock (upgradable to 46 hp for about $450, or !!65 hp for $1300!!).
-Reverse, with overdrive (very useful!).
-Good ground clearance (5.5").
-Great for hills and loves the mud!!
-Stock muffler very inefficient, lots of carbon build up (replace immediately if you can).
-Radiator in a precarious position on the four wheeler, ATV can over heat when enough mud builds up on the radiator blocking air flow.
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