Polaris 325 Magnum 4×4 Problems : 5 Common Issues (Explained)

Released in 2000, the Polaris 325 Magnum 4×4 was not as unique as most ATVs from Polaris are but rather a quick attempt at capitalizing on a newly found/ discovered market for ATVs. Twenty-three years later and the Polaris 325 Magnum 4×4 can still be seen parked in garages or being used on the road by some people. What are some problems the Polaris 325 Magnum 4×4 has? Well let’s find out.

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1. Leaking oil-cooler line clamps

Leaking oil is never a good thing, what makes it particularly worse on the Polaris 325 Magnum 4×4 is the fact that the oil can be hot, boiling hot and it can cause serious thermal burns. This problem once made Polaris recall as many as 56 000 Polaris ATVs, many of which were the Polaris 325 Magnum 4×4.

What You Need To Do

  • These faulty oil clamps on the Polaris 325 Magnum 4×4 were only subject to the 2000 and 2001 models of this ATV. Polaris later corrected the problem with their 2003 Polaris 325 Magnum 4×4. So you would rather buy a 2003 model (which are more easy to find anyway because they’re safer.)
  • Most of the problems with the Polaris 325 Magnum 4×4 were later resolved in models in years that followed so you do not have to worry about getting burnt by hot oil as much.

2. The Polaris 325 Magnum 4×4 Is A Potential Fire Hazard

On top of leaking oil (which directly leads to this problem) the Polaris 325 Magnum 4×4 is a potential fire hazard. That means a fire is likely to break out on this ATV. When riding the Polaris 325 Magnum 4×4 it may spontaneously start leaking fuel and then burst into flames. This is simply because earlier models (specifically the 2000 model) of the Polaris 325 Magnum 4×4 were not very well built and so they had a lot of problems, that and the fact that the Polaris 325 Magnum 4×4 was designed and built in haste so not much detail was given in terms of safety regulations.

What You Need To Do

  • You are less likely to face most of the problems on this list if you purchase or get a Polaris 335 Magnum 4×4 built after 2003 because that is when they started rolling out safety improvements to ATVs in this line.
  • You can also carry a small fire extinguisher just in case of a fire because it is very possible that one breaks out whilst you’re riding the ATV.

3. You May Experience Some Engine Failure

You can tell by now that the Polaris 335 Magnum 4×4 is not so ideal an ATV as it should be. But to top it all off, one of the worst things that can happen on a vehicle happen on the Polaris 325 Magnum 4×4, it can experience engine failure. This is when the engine just stops working completely without any warning. And this can be caused by a number of things from a poor engine quality to poor components inside (and around) the engine.

What You Need To Do

  • You can get an engine that has failed replaced quite easily because at such a point. Replacing it is the only way to get the ATV moving again. *However it can be quite expensive, you’d rather just buy a new ATV.
  • The Polaris 325 Magnum 4×4 has a pretty big engine that makes it able to haul things that are perhaps twice its weight. However this is probably why the engine needs quite a lot of work or in this case attention to avoid facing most of these problems.

4. The Brakes of This ATV Wear Out Quickly

The brakes are the most important thing on a vehicle when you’re approaching a hazardous situation, they ensure that your vehicle stops or completely haults at a safe distance, away from the hazardous situation. But on the Polaris 323 Magnum 4×4, you may face the problem of pressing on the brakes a couple more times than you would like but to no avail because the brakes give in too quickly. However you may be able to spot when your brakes are about to wear out and replace them before you hit the road.

What You Need To Do

  • To extend the life span of the brakes on the Polaris 325 Magnum 4×4 and avoid this problem then you need to do some regular checks on your ATV for any fluid (in this case brake fluid) leaks.
  • If you use your ATV excessively the brakes may give in just as easily to wear. So also do regular checks for the wheels of the ATV to make sure they are clean of any debris that may be causing more damage to the ATV’s brakes faster.

5. The Starter of This ATV May Not Engage Sometimes

You put in the key of the Polaris 325 Magnum 4×4 and turn over the starter only for it not to start at all. This can not only be annoying but it is very problematic as well. If you cannot start your ATV, you ultimately cannot use it. Unfortunately after a few years of use. This is what happens with the Polaris 325 Magnum 4×4’s starter. It gives in to the years of use because as good as you might get this ATV, it will not be new.

What You Need To Do

  • You can effectively get the starter repaired at a certified Polaris ATV mechanic. Buying your own is more cost effective because you get to choose the price you’re willing to pay.


As Polaris kept releasing yearly models of the Polaris 325 Magnum 4×4, the ATV got a whole lot better. The 2000 model is worse than a 2005 model, and as the Polaris 325 Magnum 4×4 got better the price also increased. Most of the problems in this article cater to the earlier and lesser refined models of the Polaris 325 Magnum 4×4 because to be honest, this ATV did get better. More powerful and more safe and that’s exactly what makes it good.