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A Complete Review of the Yamaha Kodiak 700

As the ATV industry continues to grow and the technology evolves with it, ATVs that once made sense to people are starting to appear more complex and less understandable.

On the flip side of this, ATVs that once appeared to confuse consumers are now starting to make a lot more sense.

You might be thinking, what the heck does that mean? Well, the best way for us to show you is by an example. And the best example would be the Yamaha Kodiak 700.

Interested in learning more? Continue reading and we’ll walk you through a complete review of the Yamaha Kodiak 700.

 

An Alternative to the Grizzly

It’s impossible to give a complete review of the Kodiak 700 without also talking about the Yamaha Grizzly.

If you were to ask Yamaha lovers what they want most out of their Grizzly, they would say a bigger motor, for sure. Yamaha has a motor that fits this description – the 700 single motor. The problem is that the 700 wouldn’t fit right in the Grizzly.

That motor would work perfectly in the Kodiak, though.

The Kodiak was originally designed to be a cheaper and more basic version of the Grizzly. When it was first introduced, it was arguably too basic and didn’t provide riders with much of anything.

Now, with it’s 700 single motor, it can take its rightful place as the perfect alternative for Grizzly fans.

 

The Motor

The most important aspect of this vehicle is definitely the motor. Practically all hardcore ATV riders love the 700 motor. Its got great character to it and is extremely tough, especially when you combine it with Yamaha’s Ultramatic transmission.

This big single motor also has impressive torque at low RPM. And it pulls rather hard at top-end and revs quite fast as well.

The Yamaha Kodiak 700 is its own platform at both 9.1 and 7.6 rear and front from its independent double-wishbone setup with rear sway bar.

With nearly a foot of ground clearance, this ATV gives up very little to its bigger brother, the Grizzly.

This vehicle has two different engine types available although the 700cc class is most popular.

The liquid-cooled four-stroke is connected to Yamaha’s Ultramatic transmission and also has a 10:1 compression rate. This engine is made for low-end grunt and is thus a great pick for towing and similar work.

 

Size

One of the most interesting parts about riding the Kodiak is how small it actually feels once you sit on it.

This seems to be mainly because the rider sits more on top of the vehicle rather than down in the center of it.

When you’re sitting on this ATV, you feel like most of the vehicle is below you, with just the handlebars sticking out at the top.

This is quite different from how it feels to sit on ATVs from other brands, but since there’s less bulk surrounding you, the ATV feels both lighter and smaller.

It’s a fantastic vehicle, ergonomically speaking. The seat is extremely comfortable and soft to sit on.

The handlebars are in an easy to hold position and the floorboards provide a great grip for your feet.

Everything just feels like it fits right.

 

Drive

The aesthetically pleasing and functional gauge, smooth shifter, shift gear that works perfectly, and dual-lever braking all round out how the user interacts with the vehicle. It all leaves the rider with very little to complain about.

 

Towing

The Kodiak 700 EPS SE can tow exactly 600kg (1322 lbs).

It can hold 198 pounds on its rear cargo rack and 110 lbs on its front rack. This is great for any ranchers out there who need to load their vehicle with feed or hay or anything else they need to move.

 

Models

The Kodiak 700 comes in three types of tiers.

First, there’s the base model w,hich is extremely stripped down.

The mid-level model comes with all of the same mechanical features that the high-end model does but with less bling.

And then there’s the high-end Yamaha Kodiak 700 EPS SE model. With this tier, you’ll get plastics painted in what some will argue is one of the best looking colors on any ATV on the market today.

Yamaha’s slick-looking aluminum wheels and on-command three-way locking differential also look great.

The base model of this vehicle can definitely be seen as a great value for a full-size ATV.

The mid-level model is going to get you an even bigger increase in value over the base model. It offers you incredible performance at a reasonable price.

With all that said, the high-end EPS SE model is certainly the best of the bunch. Although, for the average user, the mid-level model still might get you the most bang for your buck.

The Kodiak 700 is certainly the star of Yamaha’s utility ATV lineup at the moment. In terms of features and performance, this vehicle makes the most sense for the majority of riders out there.

 

Is the Yamaha Kodiak 700 Right for You?

When it comes to picking the right ATV, it’s important to consider what your situation and budget are. But for many, the Yamaha Kodiak 700 is an excellent pick.

Of course, buying an ATV is a serious investment. So even if you do decide to go with the Kodiak, you definitely want to put some thought into which model is right for what you’re aiming to accomplish. Luckily Westshore Marine offers some of the best Yamaha Financing options around.

Interested in getting a new or pre-owned ATV? Contact us today and see how we can help you!

 

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Rodney of Sharpsburg, GA Verified Reviewer
Original review: April 26, 2021

I purchased my Viking for trail riding, clay sport shooting and hunting camp. Recently after going through water and mud like one would think any side by side is designed to do, the v belt began to slip. Dealer charged me just shy of $600.00 to repair. Brought it home and it still slips. When I asked why the warranty would not cover the V belt, the service manager told me the unit is really not designed for mud and water but more for desert terrain. I then asked him to tell me where to find deserts in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, He smiled but still took my $600.00.

What bothers me the most about this is not the warranty, because it clearly does not cover mud and water issues, but the dealership never mentioned any of this when they sold me this side by side or the extended warranty. Does any one ever read the coverage of a warranty before purchase, somehow I believe if one were told at the time of sale that the vehicle was not designed for the Southern Terrain such as water and mud holes, their sales would decrease drastically. All concerned should be ashamed of the misrepresentation. Oh yes, I forgot to mention my unit has only 57 hours on it. Very disappointed in Yamaha and Speedzone Motor Sports in Oxford and Anniston, Alabama.

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Matthew of De Forest, WI Verified Reviewer
Original review: Nov. 26, 2020

I bought my 2011 Grizzly 700cc (686cc)EPS Hunter Edition, used with 915 miles, bent racks, handlebars. Straightened everything out and now have 4200 miles on. I LOVE IT! 2-rear axles, 2-front wheel bearings and a IAC valve(which I bought the Suzuki ISC valve, Yamaha doesn’t sell one separate of the throttle body).

But that’s it. That 708cc motor, I hear, burns a little oil, Subaru motor.

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Michael of Whiteford, MD Verified Reviewer
Original review: Aug. 30, 2019

I have always had a Kawasaki Brute Force and never had any problems at all. Then with the influence of others they talked me into a 2018 Grizzly 700 EPS for the price of close to $10,000. I have used it for 640 miles, then the starter flies apart. The starter itself is $211 without labor. So I called customer service to see if they would help with some of the cost and the only thing out of their arrogant mouths were, "You should have bought the extended warranty." I said, "I would have if you told me I was buying junk." Many manufacturers stand behind their product if a premature failure happens even after the warranty, but not these people. They already got your money. The bottom line is DON'T BUY A YAMAHA.

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Raymond of Gilbertsville, PA Verified Reviewer
Original review: May 22, 2019

I purchased this ATV to use at my camp in Pulaski, NY. I use it mostly in my woods for recreation and camp work. It has been perfect. Starts right up, simple to operate and handles the wooded areas in tight places very well. I am very happy and impressed with this machine. One additional Yamaha is an excellent company to deal with after your purchase. I do recommend.

Rated with 4 stars
Tim of Dayton, VA Verified Reviewer
Original review: May 6, 2019

ZOOM, as the Yamaha 250 Four Wheeler went zooming past my cousins. The looks on their faces was priceless, because they did not understand how fast the Four Wheeler can actually go. The reason I choose the Four Wheeler is, we have had them before and they were good to do the challenges we needed. Some of the challenges we have needed it to do was climbing over decent sized rocks, going in river beds to get to our goats.

The things I love about it are it's easy to drive in the mountains, plus I have taken it on pretty rough trails, and it has done well. Some people say the gears are hard to change, but it takes time to be able to change the gears, it took me about a month to get use to the gears. But it says that it is supposed to be for 16 year olds but it fits a 85 pound person a lot better plus, I think that it is too small for a 16 year old. If the starter is broken it is hard to pull start it, I cannot pull start it by myself.

The good thing is we have only had one problem in 2 years and the starter went out but it was only about fifty dollars. Most of the parts that you would need to buy are not over $60. I would recommend this Four Wheeler to anyone who's not wanting a huge For Wheeler. Some people look at it and say it won't do what I need it to do. I did the same thing and it has done just about everything I needed it to do. If I was you I would definitely get one. It could help you out with what you need.

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Travis of Gainesville, GA Verified Reviewer
Original review: March 5, 2019

Purchased a brand new 2018 Yamaha raptor 700r. Rode it one time and noticed the powder coating was flaking from the frame. Contacted dealership. Yamaha tried to say the paint chipping was my fault. So about a month goes by Yamaha sends a frame. Frame was worse than the original frame. 8 months and 9 frames later still not repaired. Mountain Motorsports had to send a frame to be powder coated by a different company. In the meantime YAMAHA hits me with a late payment on my ATV. I will NEVER buy another YAMAHA anything. NEVER will I recommend YAMAHA to anyone. Bad customer service and overall bad experience with Yamaha. NEVER did I receive a phone call from Yamaha explaining what was going on with the process of my frame. Still haven't received a phone call seeing if I'm satisfied. Very unsatisfied customer.

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Richard of Douglas, WY Verified Reviewer
Original review: Oct. 28, 2018

Updated on 12/03/2018: It’s been a little over a month since my last review. ATV was repaired finally and now once again is broken, same problem, fuel pump, parts back-ordered, machine is sitting not usable, expensive crap. Kodiak 450 ETS 4WD.

Original Review: Bought a new ATV. Fuel pump keeps failing, dealership keeps replacing it under warranty. Part is always backordered and the ATV sits in the shop for almost a month at a time. Called Yamaha customer support and they said they would contact the dealer and get back to me, still haven't heard back from them. Getting really tired of having a untrustworthy ATV and especially waiting for parts for repairs.

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James of Lower Greenwitch, NB Verified Reviewer
Original review: Feb. 9, 2018

I bought a brand new Wolverine 700 and discovered the floorboards were broke from factory. So I went on the Wolverine forums to find out every member had the same problem. So Yamaha cover mine under warranty. Then I find out on the forums hundreds of people are having bad oil consumption problems and water pump nuts backing off and causing motor damage and water pump vent lines being pinched off between the frame and gas tank which mine was when I looked. The day I bought this Yamaha product it rode really rough. I then discovered the rear springs were installed upside down from factory.

When I went to my local Yamaha dealer he said that's definitely not good for the functionality of the shock assemblies and that he would contact the Yamaha rep and have them warrantied with new ones. The Yamaha rep said that's the way they come from factory and no warranty issue. My dealer said that's all they could do so I put them the right way myself because I have my two children in this Yamaha product with me all the time. I then contacted Yamaha Canada and told them about this and what their rep stated. Then my local dealer called me and told me to tell them that they put the rear springs on the right way or my warranty would be void. Yamaha Canada said they would not replace my rear shock assemblies that were put on wrong from factory. So beware when you purchase a Yamaha product especially a Wolverine.

Yamaha Canada doesn't care about your safety from a manufacturer defect even when I told them my children or myself could be injured or even worse because of this manufacture defect they still won't do anything. I guess the price of 2 new rear shock assemblies are worth more than my children's and my safety. And no one from my local dealer or Yamaha Canada even inspected my Wolverine to make sure they were safe. I'm still fighting with them and have emails proving everything I said but I really believe this will have to go to court. And my wolverine only has 400 kilometers and 19 hours and they are saying too much time has passed.

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Rated with 5 stars
Dan of Pflugerville, TX Verified Reviewer
Original review: May 26, 2017

It is top quality brand and it is a very fast ATV. It's also a safe brand. It has a smooth ride and powerful engine. It has lots of great features and it drive very solid. It's important to always be cautious. Come with a warranty for in case something bad happens. It is more easier to learn to ride than others. It is well balanced and I dont feel like I am going to fall or fly off of it. I think they did a great job making it as it is well made and better than most of the other brands of ATVs out on the market today. I can use it for when I go out in the country and ride around at my uncle's farm during the summer days. I would include some more protection features or something of that nature. It doesn't need to be any faster and it is a nice size and not too bulky. Using the ATV depends how much experience you have with riding it. It is very easy to ride much more than riding a bike the first time. You just have to focus and learn.

Rated with 4 stars
Kim of Lapeer, MI Verified Reviewer
Original review: May 25, 2017

The ATV is tough and is of good quality. It's not too hard to figure out how to work everything and it's easy to use so you can get on and have some fun. It's also low maintenance and lasts a long time. Yamaha ATV is a good brand that's worth the money, and provide lots of fun times. I love them and I will definitely buy again in the future.

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The Yamaha Grizzly 700 is a reliable and tough quad. With its durable frame, it can endure harsh conditions and aggressive riding styles. But it’s not all perfect. Many owners have come across issues with the quad. What are some common Yamaha Grizzly 700 Problems?

Here are the most common Yamaha Grizzly 700 problems:

  1. It feels unstable on hills and around corners.
  2. The engine is noisy and overheats.
  3. Dust and dirt get through the filter.
  4. The quad smokes on startup.
  5. It sometimes won’t start.
  6. The gas tank rollover valve is defective.
  7. The engine backfires then dies.
  8. It makes a clanking noise when in 2WD or 4WD.
  9. Rear brakes get spongy with new brake pads.
  10. The quad has poor acceleration.
  11. Cold-weather starting is difficult.
  12. It has steering control problems.

From engine noise to poor acceleration, these issues can be quite frustrating and might make an owner second-guess themselves for buying a Yamaha Grizzly 700. Thankfully, these can be resolved with parts adjustment, proper maintenance, or a call to your dealer.

These problems should not deter you from getting a Yamaha Grizzly 700. Overall, it’s a great machine that you’ll surely enjoy. But if you’re curious about the problems some owners have experienced, read on to find out more.

Yamaha Grizzly 700 Problems

1. It feels unstable on hills and around corners.

Grizzly owners often comment on the stability of the quad. It can feel unstable while on hills or turning corners. This is due to it being lightweight as it is built this way for superior handling over any obstacle. Its compact size and high seating also add to the instability.

2. The engine is noisy and overheats.

The Yamaha Grizzly 700 only has one cylinder, which many consider a drawback. With less power, it creates more noise than two-cylinder quads. It may also lead to overheating problems. If you experience this, adding a radiator should solve the problem. You could also add another muffler to the rear rack to help with noise.

3. Dust and dirt get through the filter.

Some owners have reported that dirt, sand, and dust gets in the air filter. This can damage internal engine parts, such as valves, pistons, and cylinder walls, resulting in excessive oil consumption, poor engine performance, and engine failure. To fix, apply filter grease around the outer edges, and then securely place the filter in. This should help prevent debris from getting through. If you ride in very dusty conditions, check the airbox more frequently.

4. The quad smokes on startup.

This issue forms part of the 2016 Yamaha Grizzly 700 problems and is due to valve issues. The way to fix it is to bring it to a Yamaha dealer for proper diagnosis and resolution. Or you can do an engine valve clearance check to see if it needs adjustment.

5. It sometimes won’t start.

Starter problems are common across all Yamaha Grizzly 700 year models. This may be due to the spring on the compression, which needs to be put back in place. Also, valves may need to be adjusted if they are too tight.

At other times, the issue could be electrical, especially for Yamaha Grizzly 700s with auto EPS. If so, below are some of the tools you will need in case you will be fixing the Grizzly’s starting problems by yourself:

  • 10- and 12-mm sockets
  • 4 mm Allen
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Volt/OHM meter (capable of testing diodes)
  • Test lead kit

Depending on the tests you will be running on your Yamaha Grizzly 4wheeler, you may not need all of those tools. Refer to your owner’s manual for wiring diagrams.

6. The gas tank rollover valve is defective.

After removing the gas cap on your Yamaha Grizzly 700, you may notice a loud hiss. This is because your rollover valve is not venting properly and is defective. Supposedly, this was an issue seen in earlier models, which Yamaha corrected with an updated rollover valve. Contact your dealership to get it replaced.

7. The engine backfires then dies.

This issue occurs even for Yamaha 4 wheelers with less than 50 miles on them. You can easily determine this since the quad would die at idle (whether in gear or not) and backfire periodically. Your Grizzly would also have extreme pressure in the gas tank and have power problems under load. This problem may arise from several factors like contaminated fuel, worn-out spark plug, fuel-starved engine, or a bad fuel pump.

8. It makes a clanking noise when in 2WD or 4WD.

This problem usually happens after gassing on Yamaha quads hard. The initial speculation is that this is due to a snapped axle. Issues with bearings and axles may be the case for Yamaha ATVs that have been modded. But owners would, later on, trace it back to either a faulty transmission or differential. To pinpoint the exact cause, you will first need to disconnect the driveshaft.

9. Rear brakes get spongy with new brake pads.

There are very few to no problems reported with the braking system of Yamaha Grizzlys. However, spongy rear brakes can be due to not getting a full bleed in when installing new brake pads. Use a power bleeder or a turkey baster if you encounter this problem. Be sure to use DOT 4 fluid when bleeding.

10. The quad has poor acceleration.

The poor air filter design of the Yamaha Grizzly 700 leaves its engine feeling deprived and performing poorly during acceleration. This may be from a clogged air filter not allowing ample air into the engine’s intake or combustion chamber, making the air-fuel mixture overly rich. Additionally, an air filter with blockage leads to bad gas, which causes the engine to run erratically.

11. Cold-weather starting is difficult.

Owners of 2016 and more recent Yamaha Grizzly models complain that the engine is difficult to turn over and will not cold-start, despite the electrical starting system working correctly. This problem is caused by a broken decompression spring weakened during manufacturing. In July of 2016, Yamaha addressed this issue by ordering a recall of affected Grizzly and Kodiak units, advising owners to contact their Yamaha dealer to have the defective part replaced with a higher-quality decompression spring.

12. It has steering control problems.

Yamaha Grizzly power steering problems for their 2008, 2009, and 2010 models resulted in a recall of 20,000 units of 700- and 550-class Grizzlys and hundreds of rollover accident lawsuits. The steering problem was caused by a defect in the steering column support assembly that posed a crash hazard, potentially causing riders to lose control and suffer injuries. Thankfully, this was an anecdotal issue, specific only to those model years.

Testing for Problems – What to Look out for

Apart from identifying common issues with the Grizzly, knowing their respective fixes is likewise vital. Below are some things you can do to prevent these problems:

  • Verify that the battery registers 12.5V or higher. This is a good first step, especially when troubleshooting 2008 Yamaha Grizzly 700 problems with startup. Anything below the said value is indicative of an unhealthy battery, which would mean a replacement. A Battery Tender (view on Amazon) is ideal in helping prolong your battery’s life, as it monitors and charges it when needed.
  • Check that the starter solenoid fires up. When doing this test, you will need a test lead kit to inspect if the starter solenoid responds after contact with its two terminals. If it does, you can exclude the starter motor as the cause of your starting problem. Otherwise, you will need to get a new one. You may need to test other areas of your quad to properly determine the cause of starting problems: the relay assembly, brake light relay, diode assembly, run switch connector, engine start switch, and reverse switch.
  • Check the oil for any signs of water. Water contamination is often the reason behind bearing wear and your engine oil becoming denatured. Both cause serious damage to your engine and its cooling system and is one of the leading causes of smoke during startup or Yamaha Grizzly 700 stalling problems.
  • Ensure the oil level is according to spec. Although uncommon, a low or incorrect oil level will cause the stator to overheat, which can sometimes be confused with a bad battery or with other overheating causes. The next time you encounter an overheating engine issue with your Grizzly 700, check on the oil level and stator condition before jumping into replacing your stock battery. If the problem comes from the stator, replace it and pair it with an updated stator cover.
  • Check bearings and tie rods for noticeable dents and cracks. This includes inspecting the wheel bearings and knuckle bushings for wear and tear, generally pointed at as the culprit for popping or clanking noises on the Grizzly. Greasing these parts more frequently helps slow down deterioration.
  • Check radiator for bent fins. Bent fins decrease the contact surface of the tubes to the air, decreasing the exchange efficiency. When this happens, your quad’s cooling system will not function optimally and may lead to engine overheating. This is very crucial if you are riding in ambient temperatures above 110°F. Keeping your radiator clean, especially after mud runs, is equally important.
  • Check the air filter. Older Grizzly models require regular air filter inspection to prevent poor engine performance and throttle response. On the other hand, 2015 and more recent models feature a high-flow air filter system and optimized intake joint, so air filter clogging will rarely happen. Its high placement under the seat makes the air intake better at preventing water, mud, and other particles from causing internal problems.
  • Check the power steering for any resistance. To test, fully turn your Yamaha Grizzly left and right. Any resistance would indicate a probable defect with the torque sensor, spline column, speed sensor, or EPS control unit.
  • Inspect nuts and bolts. Ensuring these are tight enough to allow parts of your wheeler to function correctly should be part of your quad’s maintenance (more so if you have an upgraded ATV). Bolts you should be touching, tightening, and torqueing regularly are as follows: lug nuts, pivot bolt, axle nut, wheel hubs, skid plate bolts, and sprocket bolts.
  • Ride in figure 8s and listen for popping from the CV shafts. Loud whining noises when you let off the throttle at higher RPM points to the one-way bearing being installed backward or incorrectly. The one-way connects the CVT to the engine crank on deceleration and should not make any noise. If it does, it would mean a problem with the said bearing, or the primary shaft support bearing in the shaft support cage running dry or being worn out.
  • Test the brakes. This step should be done after installing new brakes. Make sure that neither the front nor rear brakes are spongy. If they are, do a full bleed in to resolve the problem.

Conclusion – Yamaha Grizzly 700 Problems

In summary, here are the most common Yamaha Grizzly 700 problems:

  1. It feels unstable on hills and around corners.
  2. The engine is noisy and overheats.
  3. Dust and dirt get through the filter.
  4. The quad smokes on startup.
  5. It sometimes won’t start.
  6. The gas tank rollover valve is defective.
  7. The engine backfires then dies.
  8. It makes a clanking noise when in 2WD or 4WD.
  9. Rear brakes get spongy with new brake pads.
  10. The quad has poor acceleration.
  11. Cold-weather starting is difficult.
  12. It has steering control problems.

Grizzly owners more widely report the first eight issues. However, Yamaha veterans believe that most of these problems are caused by rider negligence or abuse and can be addressed by proper care for the quad and adherence to scheduled maintenance. Other concerns were only apparent on older model years of the Yamaha Grizzly 700 and have already been corrected in more recent releases. Some are considered one-offs and had been permanently addressed by Yamaha through product recalls.

With help online and support from Yamaha riding communities, resolving these minor problems is now a breeze. It can even be done by a beginning mechanic or a new owner. Yamaha Grizzly 700 problems do not taint the reliability of the vehicle and reputation of the manufacturer in any way.

This problem list should enable you to decide on your next ATV purchase. After all, you can never go wrong with a Yamaha!

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