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Looking to buy my first SxS and it’ll be a CanAm. I’ve owned about everything else over the last 40 years.

My buddy bought a first year 1000 Defender new a few years ago and I really like it. It’s a four door. He just added a two door 800 Defender a couple weeks ago. I like it also. He works his more than I would mine. I will hunt out of it , work some, but really just ride and have a few beers.

I’m not opposed to a Defender but I think I’d like something a little more sporty. Definitely want a two door. Will want a cab so nothing that can’t have a cab. The Comanders look close to what I want. That said what are my options? Is there another possible option? What is the good and bad of a Commander? Is the heat that bad.

I will be buying new.

Open to suggestions.


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I love my Commander it’s the perfect size for me. I’ve looked at the Defender but ultimately decided it’s to big for what I want. I work my Commander some around the yard plowing etc. but mostly just use it for riding and hunting. The heat issue has never bothered me but I do have a Troy’s console cover. I also have an aftermarket cab on mine with heat and wipers. Good luck with your decision. Booger.



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I use my for play mudding and trial riding. It's not bad for what I paid for it but I had to add about 3k worth of upgrades, winch , front bumper, lights, tires, wheel, tie rods and heat reduction for the interior, front locker ( visit Lok sucks) fox shocks ( stock shocks suck) and a clutch (stock clutch is horrible) other than that it has the power I want I don't do speed so much more crawling so the torque is fine. I think next I replace the seats and add doors as mine are worn.
 

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This is my first SxS. Bought mine new last year to use around the property. First thoughts are these are powered by the same drive train as the ATV's from canam. So your SxS weighs 3x as much as a normal ATV. Also its much bigger to run around and store. I like it for what I use it for, its not used for trail riding on my end at all. I also really just putter around the property and so far havent had any issues yet.
I added a roof, and full windshield, side nerf bars, rear bumpers. I dont have doors, as for me they would be in the way. The in cab heat isnt an issue since I dont have a fully enclosed cab. The engine and drive train noise on the other hand is very loud. If I ride it for very long I use ear plugs. After all you are basically sitting on the engine.
 

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When cruising at low rpms, it makes a little noise. gotta be a bit louder than casual conversation voice and still with the occasional "huh". But I don't feel its at ear plug level personally. THat said, I did just buy the sound deadener material to wrap inside the console and got the console cover hoping to tone it down a bit.
 

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The heat doesn't bother me like it does a lot of people on here. There are several things that help with the heat tho.


It is pretty loud. If you're doing more than putting around at 4-5 mph, don't expect to have a conversation with your passenger.



If I were in the market for a new sport/utility in the 800cc range, I would most likely go with the yamaha wolverine x2 850 over the 800 commander. Only if I wanted the extra power of the 1000cc, would I go with the commander.
 

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Went by the dealer and he told me there will be a redesigned Commander for 2020 supposedly with the engine moved back. I'm waiting to see if he was truthful or just full of BS
 

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The redesigned Commander will only be 5 years late from when I first heard ‘it is coming soon’. Lol. I bet there will be a 10th year Anniversary edition on the original platform.
 

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Still waiting for this!
 

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When does CanAm release the new year models? I know Polaris starts in June/July and releases a little at a time. If the Commander is going to be changed I’ll wait.

I’d like to look at the Yamaha as well.

Still may end up with a Defender if I can’t hear the passenger talking while going 30 mph.


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I just bought a 2019 commander max. So far, at least for me, it has been anything but a satisfying situation. The dealer that I took it to, which was not the dealer that I bought it from, came up with a $1300 checklist of work that needed to be done/redone. The two dealers got into a 32 day pissing match about what needed to be done, who was gonna do it, and how it was going to get paid for..With just 60miles on it, I was pretty disappointed. The selling dealer came and picked it up, half assed their way through the pre-delivery inspection again. And returned it to me basically in the same shape as before. Except now with a torn drivers side safety net, that apparently they did, trying to install them right the second time. The noise in and of itself is enough to make me walk away from this machine. I’m not even sure how some people say they drive it in Low most of the time, because that only seems to make the entire drive train noise exponentially louder. Even on this forum, you will read about the abysmal dealership service and lack of support from BRP. And you will spend THOUSANDS just to get this machine to perform at any appreciable manner, it you want to take it off road. It seems to be the general opinion that:
The Visco lock is a POS
The clutch is a POS
The suspension is a POS
Doing maintenance on it is a PITA
Stopping to put in 4wd is dumb as , especially if you need it unexpectedly.
The drive by wire throttle feels like I have restless leg syndrome and is all over the place.
Some people will choke themselves to death on BRP’s no matter what. It’ll be the last purchase I make from them. And no I’m not phishing from the Polaris forum.
Tailgate doesn’t latch
Glovebox will not stay closed
Stripped bolts in roll cage
Safety belts won’t latch
Seatbelt bolts loose
Safety nets not installed properly( bars on the roll cage not going thru them)
Brake pads replaced do to unbearable noise
1 quart low on oil from the dealer
Leaking CV boot
Dying cat screaming in the gear box and rear diff
Living on Rotaxs reputation for building airplane motors. Ha! I’d fly in a Harley powered plane with more confidence. At least I could convince myself I was a real, genuine, getting all American man for flying with Harley, before I went down in flames.
 

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I mean I don't think th commander is best of the best but don't this guy just got screwed and seems to have a bad dealer network. With that I don't think the commander I'd hard to work on.. but I worked on fighters jets when I was in the airforce and I promise that craps bad.
 

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I just changed and upgraded all the fluids this weekend. Therefore my comment that maintenance is a PITA. Unless you have very small childlike hands and spaghetti noodle arms. I’ll see if it makes any difference. Hard to tell since the things been at the stealer for over a month, starting fresh. Maybe now that I can go ride, it’ll change my attitude
 

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I just bought a 2019 commander max. So far, at least for me, it has been anything but a satisfying situation. The dealer that I took it to, which was not the dealer that I bought it from, came up with a $1300 checklist of work that needed to be done/redone. The two dealers got into a 32 day pissing match about what needed to be done, who was gonna do it, and how it was going to get paid for..With just 60miles on it, I was pretty disappointed. The selling dealer came and picked it up, half assed their way through the pre-delivery inspection again. And returned it to me basically in the same shape as before. Except now with a torn drivers side safety net, that apparently they did, trying to install them right the second time. The noise in and of itself is enough to make me walk away from this machine. I’m not even sure how some people say they drive it in Low most of the time, because that only seems to make the entire drive train noise exponentially louder. Even on this forum, you will read about the abysmal dealership service and lack of support from BRP. And you will spend THOUSANDS just to get this machine to perform at any appreciable manner, it you want to take it off road. It seems to be the general opinion that:
The Visco lock is a POS
The clutch is a POS
The suspension is a POS
Doing maintenance on it is a PITA
Stopping to put in 4wd is dumb as , especially if you need it unexpectedly.
The drive by wire throttle feels like I have restless leg syndrome and is all over the place.
Some people will choke themselves to death on BRP’s no matter what. It’ll be the last purchase I make from them. And no I’m not phishing from the Polaris forum.
Tailgate doesn’t latch
Glovebox will not stay closed
Stripped bolts in roll cage
Safety belts won’t latch
Seatbelt bolts loose
Safety nets not installed properly( bars on the roll cage not going thru them)
Brake pads replaced do to unbearable noise
1 quart low on oil from the dealer
Leaking CV boot
Dying cat screaming in the gear box and rear diff
Living on Rotaxs reputation for building airplane motors. Ha! I’d fly in a Harley powered plane with more confidence. At least I could convince myself I was a real, genuine, getting all American man for flying with Harley, before I went down in flames.
Wow! With only 60 miles sounds like you’ve already made up your mind. Sucks to hear of your woes, might have to just cut your losses. Good luck to you. Booger.
 
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