Polaris Sportsman 570 Complaints and Problems – Is Your New ATV A Lemon?

Gear shifter, electrical and engine issues among the top complaints from vehicle owners

Customers searching for a new ATV regularly look at the Polaris Sportsman 570. It’s natural for this to be a top choice, especially considering the manufacturer claims it is the “legendary, best-selling Sportsman.” One they get on the back though, it becomes evident that the problems are rampant. From a poorly designed structure to issues with the electrical system, this four-wheeler requires a lot of work.

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Polaris Sportsman 570 Structure Problems

One thing that a quality four-wheeler must have is a solid structure. After all, it’s required to travel down trails and paths filled with many dangers. If the structure isn’t put together well, the entire thing could fall apart, just when it is needed the most. What people quickly find out is that this Sportsman isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Just look at this one review left on the Polaris website, “I’ve had my bike since October it has 16 hours on it and it’s already in the shop for water leaking into belt housing causing est. 900 dollars in damage!”

While there aren’t any recalls related to recent models, structural issues are a thing this company is known for dealing with. Three years after the 2014 models were released, they were recalled for fuel leaks into the headlight pod and air intake ducts that touched the fuel rail. Both of these problems led to fire concerns. Considering it took three years for these recalls to be issued, it’s only a matter of time before we see recalls on the newer models. It’s also obvious that the company created an ATV that wasn’t meant to handle anything other than calm riding in an idyllic setting. The structure won’t hold up to much else. Some users even refer to it as an expensive paperweight, which would be the safest way to use it.

Here are some actual complaints logged with ConsumerAffairs about the Polaris ATVs Build Quality and Reliability Issues

The Polaris 570-4 I purchased is not assembled in the US. After purchasing the UTV I discovered that the machine is assembled in Mexico. I would never have purchased knowing that a company that brags made in USA is actually assembled in Mexico. After shipping the product to the USVI I discovered that a 6.5% duty was owed because the vin # starts with a #3. I really had to dig deep to verify this as I am sure Polaris has worked hard to hide this fact. Shame on you Polaris!!!

My Polaris 570 touring ATV has been in the shop for more hours than ridden. It is back in again; now with an EPS issue that they cannot figure out. We thought it was the dealership the first time and changed dealers; they are not happy about warranty work since they don’t get paid the same as a regular repair. They sold me a machine I cannot use with a warranty they will not stand behind. I would not purchase another Polaris product unless they change.

Polaris Sportsman 570 Gear Shifter Problems

The last thing any rider wants to struggle with on the trail is shifting, but that’s exactly what happens with the Polaris Sportsman 570.

This one review on the Polaris website states, “Needed 4 wheeler right away. Hasty purchase at closest dealer because of price point.. Folks at Dealer were fantastic, and plow system is really nice. Now the truth. 2 months now and have only used it for hunting on farm, but this thing has gaps in body parts between gas tank and seat. (Didn’t notice right away) Its Very Very hard to shift into any gear (hoped it would improve with use but hasnt), Terrible design high beam adjustment, Horrible battery location, 1 1/4″ hitch worthless (how hard would it have been to equip with 2″ receiver). Not only will I not recommend to friends but will actively discourage them from purchase. Sorry, but I wish I had spent more and gone back to brand that son had years ago.”

As mentioned in the above review, this owner experienced many troubles, including more with the structure as well. Furthermore, shifting into gear seems to be a real problem. It’s common to think that the concern would work itself out over time, but it doesn’t. Something with the construction requires that owners have built up their muscles. Of course, there’s always the option to drive in first gear all day, but no one older than five thinks that’s much fun.

Polaris Sportsman 570 Engine Problems

Off-road vehicles must contain a strong engine to propel the machine over obstacles and rough terrain. Sadly, the Polaris Sportsman 570 can’t boast of a reliable powertrain.

This one reviewer had this to say on the Polaris website, “Quad doesn’t even have 20hrs on it and the engine has a miss and backfire problem going on. When you engage it into gear or let of the throttle in gear you get a noise in the driveline like a chain is jumping on a sprocket. Plastic scratches real easy. I’m just disappointed in the overall quality of this quad!”

This ATV should never create a sound like the chain is jumping. That’s downright scary and dangerous. In addition, what rider wants to find themselves in the middle of the woods with a broken down ATV? Even worse, hunters effectively scare away all of the wildlife every time this engine malfunctions and creates loud backfiring noises. Most hunters don’t want to pay premium prices to kill less animals.

Polaris Sportsman 570 Electrical Problems

When it comes to the electrical system of an ATV, it might not seem like there’s a lot that could go wrong. After all, it’s a smaller package than a car. The truth is, there are still plenty of wires and electronics running throughout the machine that can malfunction.

Just look at this review left on the Consumer Affairs site, “I was checking my sxs out in my garage one day and started smelling plastic burn smell, I looked all around and could not find it, I started the ride up again and let it run for about 2 minutes, I smelled something burning, I cut the machine off again and looked at my fuses, after taking the fuse cover off the cover was melted and the eps relay and fuse was melted, thank god I didn’t leave my ride running and step away cause I would have lost more than just the sxs.”

After some digging, it’s clear to see that electrical concerns are a common issue with these models. There have been many instances of fires while using the Polaris four-wheeler. One small short is all it takes to cause the next forest fire.

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6 COMMENTS
  • Tom

    I have a 2018 polaris sportsman 570eps. Not even 500 miles on it and am leading to believe it is a voltage regulator problem that left me stranded in the woods for hours. They definitely should recall the voltage regulator because it will eventually wreak havoc on other electrical components costing more money. Absolute joke that this many people are having the same problem on new machines. You buy something new, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting left in the woods.

  • Tom

    I have been reading g a lot about problems with voltage regulators failing really early, and subsequently, causing a lot of problems. Operating under voltage can cause other things to fry. Needa to be a recall on the voltage regulator and need to figure out a different path to run wires from regulator to stator. Its causing a lot of people time, and trouble. You buy a new machine so you don’t have to be worried, not stranded out in the woods.

  • Alex

    Great fun to ride with mechanical issues. Thats all the good I can say. The battery placement in my 2015 Polaris sportsman 570 is the dumbest of any other machine I have ever seen. There is constantly a poor connection between the wires and the battery due to the poor placement that allows dirt and dust to get in. It is positioned a foot of the ground, on the frame inches from the front drive shaft. This makes it a pain to remove or install. There is constant issues with the worikbg and the battery. 1 out of every 5 times I try to start it, it makes a God awful noise that resembles a taser and refuses to even attempt to turn over. This is normally fixed by wiggling the wires back and forth to shake any dust from their connection to the battery. We have never taken it into a shop, however, these issues have plagued my machine since we bought it in 2016.

  • Billy S

    I bought a 2017 570 SP in 2018 it was new. The day I picked it up it wouldn’t start. They said it was a low battery charge so they charged it. Brought it back to me , shut it off, I tried to start it wouldn’t start. They took it back to the shop put a solenoid on it. I should have walked away. But I didn’t. Within a couple weeks I took it back power steering had quit working , the shop replaced a fuse, I mentioned a dead battery problem the shop recommended a battery tender to be on it at all times. I would load it up on my trailer for a next morning hunt , it wouldn’t start the next morning. If got less than 30 hours on it. It’s a lemon because now the instrument display is shutting off during acceleration but comping back on when I level off. Also I’ve replaced the power steering fuse a dozen times. It’s especially prone to blow the fuse when the headlights are on. The 4 wheeler doesn’t have enough amperage in the battery to support the system. The battery box is too small to hold a bigger battery. I can’t relay on it when I go riding I’m scared of being stranded. Help!!!

  • sheldon

    my husband has a Polaris 570 sportsman less than 300 hours on it. been through 2 batteries and always has an engine light on.. started it up to ride in the field and it had the engine light AGAIN.. took it to the dealer they hooked it up and the voltage regulator went out and drained the brand new battery !!! SERIOUSLY ??? $600 bucks later !!!

  • Dustin

    Can am was three months old and they voided my warranty and refused to repair.

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