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RANGER® 500 Reviews

2020 RANGER® 500 SAGE GREEN is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 365.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much fun! I bought this Ranger from Ritchie PowerSports in Tenn. They were professional and had the best price. I utilized all of Polaris’s rebates and it was delivered a month ago. Since then I have added a winch, roof, windshield, sideview mirrors and a bed liner. I am installing a new winch mount tomorrow that includes a trailer hitch for the front. Then I can push my trailer around going forward. The Ranger flies up and down the mountain road we live on. We will be going to an ATV track this week. There are so many great things to say that I could be here all day. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for fun. Jeff in GA.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointments with the Polaris 500 I bought this three months ago and while I am generally pleased there are some issues with it that disappoint me. First, I find the engine hard to start in cold weather. Perhaps they need to move from a 500cc single to a twin. I have had a 500 cc thumper and they are not fun. Second, the stock tires that come with the base unit are, in my opinion, junk. They do not turn well and the front end skids when turning (on asphalt, grass or dirt). Replacement tires that might be better are absurdly expensive. I use this on our ranch and the stock tires are not very good at all.
Date published: 2019-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Be Happier! I did quite a bit of research and ended up purchasing this unit with a top, front & rear LED lights, & the Power steering option, along with the 3500lb cable winch. This UTV is great and has handled everything I've thrown at it from pulling downed trees from the mountainside, to hauling supplies. It is plenty fast enough for me and I use it quite often on my 40 acres of mountainside rural Virginia. The dealer was great, competitive pricing, great communication on the status of the extras and they delivered it to my home without any added fees! Highly recommend both the model & the dealer!
Date published: 2019-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Basic and does the job! After a tough hunting season last year due to not being able to easily reach my spot, I had to find a solution fir this year and going forward. I started to check out various side by side options and narrowed down to just the simple and basic 500. It was a good value and is capable of whatever my needs are so far. I routinely fill the bed with feed bags and tools and often tow a trailer around the property. I have no issues at all and I am very happy that I’ve bought it. It’s given me a lot of freedom to access the property and not scratch up my truck. I sometimes wish I would have bought a crew for the extra space but that need in minimal. I thought that possibly the 500 might be too small of an engine and have yet to be disappointed in its performance. I went basic and it worked for me.
Date published: 2019-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love My Polaris Ranger 500! I use my Polaris Ranger 500 to do chores around my property. The Ranger is easy for me to get in and out of and it is easy to operate. I'm a senior who loves working around my property. I don't get around like I used to. I love doing yard work but it was becoming difficult for me to get my yard work done. I am not willing to give up things like tree clean up, brush cutting and bush trimming. My Ranger 500 gets me where I need to work with all my tools and provides a comfortable spot to rest in when I need to as well are a place to put all the cuttings, trimmings and even firewood! I don't have to unload it either. The dump bed is so nice and handy. I'm now starting to make a dent in the amount of clean up I want to do. There are so many things I can do with Ranger 500. It's also fun to drive!
Date published: 2021-08-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too noisy, but ok otherwise I bought my Ranger about 2 months ago after purchasing 60 acres of land adjoining my house. Land includes some wet, swampy land. The Ranger has served me well and has not bogged down or gotten stuck in the mud yet. My only complaint is that the Ranger is too noisy.
Date published: 2019-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Runs so much better than my cub cadet I like the ranger. At times I have to turn the key several times to start it but it runs great. I wish that a rear view mirror was standard equipment as it is a safety thing. We bought one online later. We had a wind shield put on it and love it going through bushes. In the summer I think I would like it without one so I get wind to cool me but have no place safe to store it. I wish also that it had a hand bar by the drivers seat because getting out with the door mesh in the way can catch one’s foot causing a fall.
Date published: 2019-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good ride I picked up my ride the end of January, I have used it nearly every day on the property. I have hauled wood, tools, cinder blocks and concrete in it. It has not failed me. I have a 6.5x12 trailer that I have moved with it and have no doubt that it will pull it loaded. Great machine.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Still evaluating Now that we have had constant snow cover for several months,[since mid november], I am quite disappointed in the traction. In 4wd the back is very slippery,doesn't really seam to help move vehicle along. I've also had 2 flat tires,one the very first day I brought it home. The polaris service couldnt find the leak so put in a tube. Now another tire keeps going flat with no apparent leak.I will pull it off and return to dealer
Date published: 2019-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A little more attention during the build process Overall I'm very happy with the machine, but as I installed wiring to support operation of a winch, I found several primary wire bundles resting directly on the rack and pinion mounting hardware. These would certainly have led to electrical failure in months/years ahead. Also, electronics (fuse block and ECU) are mounted directly in line with mud/water spatter. Recommend, as I did, installing a guard to deflect the inevitable.
Date published: 2019-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Game Changer We bought a new property in the southwest Texas Hill Country in May 2019. Those who don't know the temp. reaches the mid 90s and 100s by late June. Without the Ranger we would not have had the property ready to hunt. We have used the Ranger to haul, tow and just to get us from one side to the other of the property setting up hunting sites. The Ranger was a game changer! Sept. 28th is opening day for archery and we are ready!
Date published: 2019-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reasonable Medium Duty Work UTV We have put our 2018 Ranger 500 through the initial paces, and found it to meet our needs as expected. We have encountered a few minor mechanical issues so far that the dealer has not yet remedied, but nothing that has made the machine non-operational (bad alignment, coolant consumption, shifting problems). We have some concerns about long term dependability, but we will continue to use the machine until it fails us. Our biggest complaint so far is that leaving the dealer in stock condition, the unit does not do much more than go from A to B. We have had to add an additional several hundred dollars worth of accessories to provide what we consider to be the minimum in storage, lighting, electrical capacity, etc. The stock bed offers no tie down points, and the interior/dash is mostly wasted space as there is no means to secure any items there either, except the very small glove compartment.
Date published: 2018-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great buy Purchased to work around farm and for fun. Perfect size for my needs. Great engine and drivetrain. Love the turf mode for work aroun the yard. Had a small handling problem but the dealer took care of it and everything is fine. Wish accessories weren’t so expensive.
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from satisfied Working with the staff at CycleWorks has been a positive and helpful experience. My experience with the vehicle itself has been somewhat limited during these winter months that have been bitterly cold. Generally I am fairly impressed with the performance of the Ranger 500. There has been some issue with overheating while plowing snow and the gear shift is not as precise and responsive as I would like it to be. Other than those issues, at this point I am happy with our selection of this UTV. Would be helpful to have power assisted steering.
Date published: 2019-03-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too noisy Vehicle is too noisy. Shifting gears awkward and transmission slow to respond. Also, changing the oil more difficult than on my old Ranger.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great work machine...but not without flaws... This buggy is great around our is a workhorse...however, it appears to be 'missing' most of the time (engine running rough) not sure if that is because it is a 2 cyl or not...but it is not as smooth sounding as our 2006 Polaris Ranger 500. The shifter is missing detents--was driving the other day with what I thought (and saw) was L, but it was actually in High. Have tried to reverse to terrible grinding sounds due to not being EXACTLY in R. Again, our 2006 Polaris Ranger 500 (the main reason we bought the new one was how great the old one was) does (and has never) had these issues.
Date published: 2021-04-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok At 80 miles the engine had to be rebuilt. Still has a clanking metal sound when you start it. Has a growling noise from the drive system when you go down the road. I was told it’s normal
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Goes anywhere I got it in March. Works great for the deer lease. Only regret i wish I had gotten a full size ranger.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall Great Machine I purchased this machine 4 months ago. It hasn’t had any problems. Has all the power and comfort I need for its intended purpose. My primary use is retrieving deer, preparing tree stands, and dragging/mowing food plots. Would have given 5 stars if it had the pulse wiring system for accessories. I love the size of the midsized utv. Our woods has tight trails and it fits perfect and plenty of power. Also fits into a 6x10’ open trailer.
Date published: 2019-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from we have a lot of fun with it we love the ride and it looks good on the rides we go on it is small but can ceep up
Date published: 2021-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Fun I've had the ranger for about 3 months and really enjoy it. It handles well on and off the road. The only complaint I have is the amount of dust that comes into the cab. I recently purchased a rear window and this seems to be helping.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great machine This has been an excellent purchase. Used almost daily for working on the farm and hunting. Plenty of power with a great ride. The 500 is the perfect size. Big enough for work but small enough to get in tight places in the woods.
Date published: 2021-02-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Depends where you buy it from Haven't had a chance to use it. The seat had damage that was noticed after we got it home. We are trying to get it replaced. Stillwater Motor Sports has not been cooperating.
Date published: 2021-11-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Satisfactory I've been very pleased with the vehicle's ability to navigate hilly and muddy terrain. I've not been pleased with the vagueness of gear selection and a persistent odor of gas.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect work vehicle I bought the Polaris to work about 10 acres of land. It is more than up to the task. I think it would take driving it into the pond to get stuck it’s that solid.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from extremely valuable for ranching Absolute necessity to get things done on a ranch. Moving livestock, feeding checking fences and water, checking on crops and other errands.
Date published: 2020-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loving my Polaris ranger I bought my ranger for hunting purposes. I was fortunate to put it to use hauling out two deer this past season. Loving my ranger
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Game Changer I bought my Polaris Ranger 500 for fishing, hunting and fun. It has met all expectations and then some.
Date published: 2019-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great I got into a hunting club and needed an off-road vehicle. This Ranger 500 does everything I need.
Date published: 2019-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My Ranger I really do use my Ranger almost every day. I don't know how I did everything before I got it.
Date published: 2021-06-24
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