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Picking up a new grizzly next week. Looking @ a 2016(new) and 2017's as well as 18's. Have there been any changes that you folks know of between these years?
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If there is not a significant price difference, I would stay away from the 16, as there are some known issues with air filter setup and problems with a run of heads causing smoking issues. That one might not be a problem child, or it might. But it's the first model year after they made a lot of changes, and you know what that means.
 

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Design between the models is the same...but Scoundrel got a very good point.
I would stay away from the 2016 model year myself. The cylinder head issues causing oil burning is the only one I do not like. I am sure the percentage of failures is low, but it's still too high for my liking, especially on such an expensive part.
I haven't heard of any 2017's burning oil.

I should add something to this post. What I said above is based on how close the prices are. If there is very little difference in pricing (~$1000 or so), then I not purchase the 2016.
If the price difference is big, then I would buy the 2016. The chance of you getting one with a bad head would be worth the risk in that case. The 2016 is still a great bike.
 

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If there is not a significant price difference, I would stay away from the 16, as there are some known issues with air filter setup and problems with a run of heads causing smoking issues. That one might not be a problem child, or it might. But it's the first model year after they made a lot of changes, and you know what that means.
Could you elaborate a bit please on the air filter issue and burning oil thing. I just bought a brand new 2016 today....picking up Friday.
 

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My own Grizzly experience started 5 wks ago, after concluding (as did buddy who bought one same day at another dealer having one stock) that for me, 2017 Grizz offered best combo of equipment, preferred color of matte silver plus Yamaha promos (winch or extended YES). I bought mine at $8399 (vs $10,299 MSRP) plus reasonable freight, dealer prep plus applicable tax and fees added to that.

Being new to ATVs, my own research prior to purchase was combo of having owned multiple Yamaha street motos over many decades using this forum and other websites. Unsure what issues there were in 2016 other than as-stated, but my 2017 Grizz (and buddy's) runs and performs stellar.

Enjoy your 2016 Grizz or perhaps keep shopping, depending on the deal you scored...
 

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I had researched and followed any issues on forums like this for patterns, the 2016 has such. the 2016 was @1K difference, I chose the 2017 for a little peace of mind.
 

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So did Yamaha fix the issue since 2016? No one is having the same problems on the 17 or 18's?

What did they do?
 

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So did Yamaha fix the issue since 2016? No one is having the same problems on the 17 or 18's?

What did they do?
We have not seen a lot of those with problems. We think they had a bad run of heads, and they're OK now, Not sure about the filter, I haven't seen anyone report about the filter in the 17s and 18s.
 

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So did Yamaha fix the issue since 2016? No one is having the same problems on the 17 or 18's?

What did they do?

I would guess there are ZERO changes in the Filter design from 2016 to 2018.. I have a 2016 with 1800 miles on it and have ZERO issues with the Filter letting dust past it, and ZERO smoking. my engine does not burn a drop of oil.

The Filter issue seems to be more of an oiling issue. The Filters were coming dry from the dealers. Not the whole filter, just the Foam sealing ring that was dry and not doing its Job... Plus, and I will say, the design is Poor! The air filters are not secured by anything other than a Jam fit in the box and the Lid. To ensure mine would stay sealed up, I use a small chunk of foam squeezed in behind the filter which pushes it more firmly in place.

Lots of people talking bad about the 2016 models.. that's gonna kill the resale on them. Gonna have to sell mine and get a 2018 before the word spreads too far.
 
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