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post #1 of 16 Old 04-07-2019, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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Which one 2018 vs 2019 grizzly?

Hey guys I have an opportunity to buy a new 2018 grizzly for a good chunk less than a 2019. I am a bit torn, the 708 engine makes me a bit nervous but I assume by 2018 the kinks are worked out. But Im also concerned about new model in 2019 as there could be kinks of its own. I do need another quad fairly soon so waiting for a 2020 is not an option. What do you guys think?
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Hey! I have a 2017 708 with 3.000 miles and works like a clock. If you buy a 708 just keep an eye on the oil level during the first months and if it is wrong they (dealer/Yamaha) will fix it under warranty.

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B22, same here, 2017 708 going like a dream, awesome suspension and performance, love it, if you can get a nice discount then grab it,
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I have a 2017 708 and have over 1200km on with no oil burnt it seams that the break in is the most important part and they need high rpm to seat the rings properly so as long as you do the odd wide open throttle burst and just drive it and don’t let it idle for the first tank of gas you’ll be fine lol

The 686 is a good engine just the 708 has more power so I’m happy I bought mine before the change
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if you go with the 18 ABSOLUTELY get the extended warranty. i know from experience, just my opinion
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I have a 2016 with the 708. Head was redone under warranty. 2018 you should be good to go. It rips now!
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Welcome to GC. If ya can swing it, I'd spend a few extra bucks and get the 2019 or find a 'slick one owner' 14 or 15 and save big time over new.

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Get the 2018 for sure. It is the better machine. More Displacement, more power. The 2018 model 708cc is a great motor, too bad it wasn't a twin with more displacement. I could still use more power.

The 2019 is a downgrade from the 18 model year.

My 2018 Grizzly has been bulletproof with mainly hard trail riding in mountains, and 50 mile+ long distance rides at 60mph on dirt roads.

Put on 2500 miles first year, with ZERO issues. 2018 is the best year for the Grizzly, build quality is excellent, frame is stout. I am so glad I bought it when I did, would have been sad to have to get a smaller displacement motor in the 2019. We can only hope we get a twin in 2020.

The motor change over was due to the cost savings to go back to the smaller 686cc motor they used previously. (Bad move Yamaha, you gotta compete with Can Am and Polaris. The grizzly is better than anything else on the market other than the smaller motor size. We need a twin cylinder. 850cc and 1000cc model. For the cost you should be offering a twin over a cheap ass single cylinder, charge more if you have to but this is what your enthusiasts want.) I am buying a twin cylinder grizzly the day they release.

So please do yourself a favor get a 2018, save some money over the 19 and enjoy cause you will have the best Grizzly 700 Yamaha ever made.
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Agree with ubove, I have a 18 and it's an excellent machine. Only using it for xc racing so it gets a beating. I ran the engine in by the book, serviced it and been thrashing the hell out of it since. I've got a fealing that the new 686 will be a short production run before something else comes along.
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I also have a 2018 and it has been flawless! The dealership sent me the wrong weight oil for winter so I put a Katz heater on it and everything has been great! It makes me nervous pushing that start button when it's below zero outside, but she's a trooper! I live in an Eskimo village in western Alaska and the Grizzly is my "car", and it's the best car I've ever had!
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Have a 2017 with 708 engine. Has been ridden hard with 100 mi days common in summer and snow trails and plowing in winter. Has been well maintained with fluids and filters and the bike has been 100% flawless. 708 all the way!
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Personally, I would buy a 2019 before 2018. The 708s seem too hit or miss for me.
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I have the 2019 Grizzly LE model with 3500 km's and no problems, great machine.
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Need up getting a 2018 black SE for a few grand less than a 2019....hopefully Ill be as happy as others who have a 2018...thanks for your opinions
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