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Hey fellas and ladies, I am looking for advice on what to buy for my wife.
For the people who have rode the 900 tnt or renegade and the 600 Etec......what would you recommend?
The big deal is being reliable.....if she breaks down on a trip or has any issues..Im screwed!!!!
Any constructive input would be great.

Thanks in advance.
 

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If reliability is your number one factor than the 900 ACE is the answer without a doubt.
 

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Just went through the same debate for the wife. I ended up buying a 600 etec Blizzard based on the weight, low maintenance and low kilometers she drives, should never wear that 600 out. The Blizzard also comes with deluxe gauge, adjustable carbides and ice ripper track so it's good to go.
 

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We had 900 renegades, and 600e-techs.
The 900 is fast from 0 to 70 MPH then flattens out..The 600 will have more top end speed.
We had 20,000 trouble free KMS. on both 900"s..
The E-techs we had were not very reliable..
 

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Any sled can have issues. The 600 etecs have been amazingly reliable for our group. Among us we have at least 4 of them with more than 7000 trouble free miles.

If you get a 900 ACE and want reliable, make sure whatever you buy has mechanical and not the electric actuated reverse.
 

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You didn't mention strength, if she's up for it you could also look at a 1200, good back up for you and reliable. Keep a few spare relays and a coil wire in your pack and you should be good to go.
 

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I have 900 Ace Blizzard with 7k miles that I've ridden in Quebec & Vermont. Only thing I did was swap to Dupont slides and change the oil once a year. My friend has 10k on his 900 Enduro with electronic reverse. Like Jethro said it did have to warranty work on the Rev.
As far as 600 etec, I've owned 2 previous to 900 Ace. The Ace does everything right, quiet, good on gas, easy throttle pull, 3 modes for changing conditions, no smoke. It does run out of steam at top end. It's sorta like vanilla ice cream it's ice cream but not a Sundae. Now I just picked up a 2012 600 etec for a spare sled. It's fun! Lately the 900 hadn't got much love. Either way, you can't go wrong. Both are popular models.

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This is coming from a diehard Cat guy. Our club President has a 900 Ace and it has been flawless. He has over 15000 Kim's on it and never an issue. It's really stingy on gas and he drives it very hard. He has a hitch and is hauling a sliegh full of pickets , signs, etc all the time. It is a very impressive Snowmobile in every way.
 

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Go with the 4 stroke - engine wise bulletproof. My dad has a yahama and it never has problems Unless he’s trying to be Superman and breaks a few idler wheels . Something to consider too is 4-strokes are a lot more predictable with regards to throttle control/response which for an average or below average rider will help them build confidence, will have more fun and doesn’t scare the shit out of them when you hit that wonderful powerband. I love but wifey not so much
 

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I have owned a 600 ETEC (at 8,000 trouble free miles now) and ridden a TNT 900 ACE back to back with my old 600 ETEC.

The 900 ACE feels like 600 2-stroke weight-wise and accelerates like a 600 2-stroke (not a 600R) up to about 55-60 MPH, and then runs out of steam after that but will eventually work it's way up to 80-85 MPH if you have enough room. I imagine with some clutch work and mild mods that you can squeeze another reliable 10 to 20 HP out of a 900 ACE. But it will never achieve 600 ETEC performance levels.

But a 600 ETEC will be on it's 2nd or 3rd rebuild before the 900 ACE even needs its valve checked.

I have found that fuel economy on both sleds is real close with the 900 ACE doing slightly better.

If performance is your priority and you don't keep a sled beyond 10,000 miles, I would go with the 600 ETEC.
 

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My wife wend from a 2010 f5 cat that she loved to a 16' ace 900 and she hated it it because it was just to slow and heavy but liked the 4 stroke because of how quite it was. So i bought her a new 17' yamaha viper RTX. We all hated it compared to the ride and handling of a skidoo. He now has the new 600r gen 4 and absolutely loves it. A lot more fun than the 900. I will say that if your just going to cruise around then the ace 900 will run forever i think. Amazingly quite but hate that electronic throttle. you have no feel for the motor and you find it is always wide open. JMO get the new etech!
 

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My wife wend from a 2010 f5 cat that she loved to a 16' ace 900 and she hated it it because it was just to slow and heavy but liked the 4 stroke because of how quite it was. So i bought her a new 17' yamaha viper RTX. We all hated it compared to the ride and handling of a skidoo. He now has the new 600r gen 4 and absolutely loves it. A lot more fun than the 900. I will say that if your just going to cruise around then the ace 900 will run forever i think. Amazingly quite but hate that electronic throttle. you have no feel for the motor and you find it is always wide open. JMO get the new etech!


Damn. Good info here. My wife currently rides an RS Viper (2016) and is pushing 5000 miles (usually the point at which I buy new). I want to get her on a Doo, but I'm wondering if the n/a 900 will feel slow to her...
 

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There is a "sport" mode on the 900 (eco, standard and sport with just a flick of a button, and a light throttle pull), and frankly unless she is a speed demon the sport mode gives it a quick, hard pull up to about 70, then the 900 will top out at 80-90 (Im 270 and my 136 enduro will hit about 83-87 in the right conditions. I am extremely happy with the 900, good on gas, quiet and no blue smoke.
 

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If you are worried about top end, get the 900 turbo. Believe me, it doesn't disappoint. I love it but yes, the ITC throttle takes some getting used to.
 

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The 900 is one of the best sleds I’ve ever owned. Fabulous sled. I had my ECU reflashed last spring to produce roughly 110hp. I had it clutched as well. I’m excited to give it a spin here in the next week or so. Hoping for a noticeable change
 
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