New member here.
I am considering purchassing my first snowmobile.
I found an ad for a 2001 POLARIS SUPERSPORT 550 fan cooled machine for sale that looks close to what I am looking for.
It is fan cooled, edge chassis, hand and thumb warmers, reverse, studded, 2400 miles, excellent condition. I'll be using it mostly for my ice fishing trips, but would like to be able to take my son with me. Maybe pulling a portable hut behind.
Since I am new to this subject I'd like to ask few questions. Hope the board experts can help me out.
Most importantly - Is this machine "two up" or not?
Is it good quality/brand name/reliable?
How does it compare to the 2001 Arctic Car Panther 440 (pull start, no reverse, two up, 2500 miles)
What does "edge chassis" and "studded" mean?
Is 2400 miles considered low miles for the year?
Machine is in Canada - what would be a fair/good deal on it?
Thank you and hope to become an active member here when I get my new toy ;-)
Personally I would stay clear of any and all POLARIS 550 fan cooled engines right now. I actually would not buy another Polaris. I have a 2004 550F supersport and a 2004 550F sport touring (2 up) which both blew thier engines this year. My supersport had 3000 miles on it and my wifes sport touring had only 950 miles on it. Polaris had previously came out with a Polaris Team Tip for the 550 F engines, because they knew they had a problem.
Studs means it has metal studs drilled into the track for grip on Ice.
two up means it is made for 2 people. (the supersport is made for 1 person although you could get away with putting someone small on it with you)
Edge Chasis is a newer chasis (style body) that was used until the IQ chasis was introduced around 2004, but some of polaris's sleds still use the edge chasis even though polaris is moving toward using the IQ chasis in the majority of their other sleds.
I would buy any other sled but polaris right now, but I am a disgruntled polaris owner since polaris will not go good on the 2 sleds I curently have.
I would buy a liquid cooled sled instead. Just a bit more money, but a whole lot more peace of mind, even if it were a polaris, as long as it is not the 550 fan cooled engine. Go with the 500 or 600 liquid cooled instead.
BTW, 2400 miles on a 2001 sled is not alot of miles, but I would still stay clear of it, unless you need a boat anchor.