Just had to put my two cents worth in. I have a 97, and my buddy has a 96. I had major headaches last year, but simple fixes, just many of them. My intake boots were rotting, and the air temp sensor was off. The bad sensor probably saved my motor, made it run richer. That was the easy fix. I had a problem where the machine would go in and out of "limp home" mode. took me forever to find it, but it turned out to be a loose connection on the throttle position sensor. It looked like all was good, but after I screwed with the connections, the problem went away. The only problem with the 96 is replacing the battery every year, but cheap insurance I guess. Even with the problems, I still love my sled. It has never left me standing in the cold yet!