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Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: St. Louis
For 9 years I wouldn't have any gas buggies on my place because I hated the noise. We all rode around on electric carts. They are super quiet, but they just didn't have the power I really wanted, and batteries are a pain to deal with. The ultimate deal breaker though was the suspension. My wife and I got tired of getting beat up every time we went for a ride. So I went and test drove a bunch of gas and diesel carts. For me at least, the Mule won in pretty much every category, but I will focus on the ones you asked about. The Mule doesn't have what I call the "ping" a lot of gas motors make. Its more of a lower, constant rumble, and was definitely the least noisy of all the things I tried out. I say "least noisy" instead of "most quiet" because the thing still is noisy when you are coming from a totally silent vehicle. With that said, you can hear it coming, but its easy to have a conversation while driving it, even between passengers in the front and back. Putting on a windshield will only make it better too. As far as power washing, I'm not going to directly spray the dashboard, but everything else has been blasted without issue, including the floor of the front seat. Regarding the doors, I know 3 people with Mules (myself included) who said "the first thing I'm doing is taking those darn doors off". However, all three of us still have the doors on after a year plus of ownership. They keep the crap from flying in (or out) of the vehicle and really are not an inconvenience. Just some other things I would say:
-It rides like a caddy. Seriously.
-It is very powerful
-It starts every time I turn the key
For full disclosure, the biggest "gripes" I have are:
-Its a lot of plastic. You would think for 16k there would be less plastic
-The tilt bed is sorta useless. You have to have the weight waaaay in the back unless you are a lifter
-Aftermarket upgrade parts are scarce/expensive (that seems to be improving)
-The stock ground clearance is maybe a tiny bit too low. Not terrible, but I wish it was more. I don't really want to have to lift a machine this expensive and possibly void the warranty
I do not regret my purchase at all. I drove several things and this was by far the best for my situation which sounds pretty similar to yours. I poke around my farm and do work, but then the kids come for some weekends and we go play. I have a PRO FXT LE EPS with a plastic roof. I put a winsdhield, front and rear bumpers, a winch, back up lights, under seat storage, and "custom" cut mats in the bed. That has made me pretty much happy with the machine. I really hope you end up getting one. Its a fun thing to have and I really doubt you would regret it. I don't see many used ones for sale...
Last edited by shaanar; 03-16-2017 at 10:23 AM.