You’re shopping for a UTV or a side by side. You were thinking of buying a UTV from a well-known brand like Yamaha, Polaris, Kawasaki, or Arctic Cat, but a buddy of yours suggested you try Massimo. You’ve never heard of this brand, but you’re at least willing to consider them. Are Massimo side by sides high quality?
Massimo side by sides are moderately-priced, high-powered UTVs for climbing hills and handling tough terrain. Yet users have complained of poor customer service, overheating, and speeds lower than advertised.
If you want more information on Massimo side by sides, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll talk about the brand and their UTVs, reviewing each one. We’ll also discuss more on the good and bad opinions of Massimo so you can decide if their side by sides are worth your money!
What Are Massimo Side by Sides?
As we mentioned in the intro, there are many better-known side by side brands than Massimo. For that reason, we figured an introduction is in order.
Massimo is a relatively new company that was established in 2009 in Texas. Today, they have a factory measuring 325,000 square feet in the Fort Worth/Dallas area. The company produces not only UTVs but also boats, go-karts, golf carts, motorcycles, ATVs, and accessories for these vehicles.
In their collection of side by sides are four series: T-BOSS, Warrior, MSU, and Buck. Massimo also manufactures electric UTVs, although these are more golf carts than side by sides. In the next section, we’ll review each of UTV series under the Massimo name.
Massimo offers warranties on its vehicles, although the protection admittedly doesn’t cover you for long. The battery is protected for 30 days from your purchase date provided you buy a new vehicle only. The CVT, clutch, or secondary clutch and wire harness are covered under the warranty for 180 days, the suspension and exhaust system for a year, and the drivetrain and engine for a year as part of a limited warranty.
According to their website, Massimo will not cover these parts under their warranty:
- Plastic and rubber parts
- Seat boards and seats
- Taillight or headlight housing lightbulbs
- Rear and front wheels
- Rear and front tires
- Sway bar and swing arm bushings
- Rear and front spindles
- Rear and front axles
- Rear and front rotors
- Rear and front calipers
- Rear and front brake pads
- Drive chains
- Clutch belts
- Brake, idle, throttle, or shift cables
- Throttle, fuel filter, air filter, or oil filter bodies
- Spark plugs
Whew! That certainly was a laundry list. The warranty also doesn’t apply if the damage to your Massimo side by side was caused by:
- The environment, including extreme temperatures, lightning, hailstorms, windstorms, flooding, water, salt, tree sap, and any other “airborne fallout”
- Neglect or abuse
- Using unauthorized parts
- Improper repair
- Normal wear and tear
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A Review of the Massimo UTV Series
Okay, so strict warranty policies aside, maybe Massimo is the UTV brand you’ve been looking for. You could very well be correct! In this section, we’ll take a closer look at the T-BOSS, Warrior, MSU, and Buck series of Massimo side by sides so you can get to know their UTV features, specs, and pricing.
The first Massimo side by side series we’ll look at is the T-BOSS, which includes nine models. The pricing of these UTVs begins at $8,999.99. Considering the average price of a UTV is around $5,000 but higher-end end models can cost up to $25,000, the T-BOSS side by sides aren’t cheap but they’re not overly expensive either.
Massimo does call itself a manufacturer of premium side by sides, so that can explain their higher pricing.
Here are the models in the T-BOSS series and their accompanying prices:
- 2021 T-BOSS 410: $8,999.99
- 2021 T-BOSS 410X Golf: $9,299.99
- 2021 T-BOSS 550: $10,499
- 2021 T-BOSS 550F: $10,999
- 2021 T-BOSS 550X Golf: $10,999
- 2021 T-BOSS 750X Golf: $12,499.99
- 2021 T-BOSS 1100D: $16,999.99
- 2021 T-BOSS 1100LE: $19,999.99
Let’s look at a mid-priced model, the 2021 T-BOSS 550F. This side by side features a 3,000-pound winch, and it’s equipped with a 33-horsepower EFI engine. The achievable speeds of this UTV should be up to 45 miles per hour.
The other features of the 550F are door nets, a distinct front bumper, a hard top, a front windshield, and a dump bed that features fold-down sides. You can select from a variety of hues for the 550F side by side, including tactical gray, quicksand (tan), white, camo, green, red, or blue.
The 2021 T-BOSS 410X Golf has a four-stroke, single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine with 352ccs that produce 25.5 HP. This Massimo UTV comes with turn signals, high-low headlights, a locking differential, on-demand two-wheel or four-wheel drive, and shaft drive.
The Warrior series of Massimo side by sides includes five models with pricing starting at $15,299, which is quite a deal costlier than most of the models in the T-BOSS series. Here are the Warrior models and their accompanying costs:
- 2021 Warrior 800: $16,799.99
- 2021 Warrior 1000 MXU HVAC LSV: $23,999.99
- 2021 Warrior 1000x: $18,399.99
- 2021 Warrior 1000 MXU-6 HVAC LSV: $27,499.99
- 2021 Warrior 1000 MXU-6 (no air conditioning): $18,999
We’ll discuss the 2021 Warrior 1000x, which is the mid-priced option of the five. This side by side has a winch that tows 4,500 pounds. With a hydraulic/electric dump bed, rear A-arm guards, and a steel front, this UTV has more of the features you want.
The Warrior 1000x is also loaded with LED/HID halo low and high headlights, dash-mounted controls, a two-inch frame-mounted hitch receiver, mirrors, a roof, and a windshield. You can also add bed-mounted rear passenger seats, although it’s not clear from Massimo’s website whether this optional feature is available for an additional fee.
The MSU is one of the smaller side by side series from Massimo, with only two UTVs. These are the 2021 MSU 800 for $12,999.99 and the 2021 MSU 800-5 for $15,999.99. We might as well review them both.
Starting with the MSU 800, this 60-HP side by side comes equipped with a hard roof, a digital display dashboard, metal frame doors, side mirrors, and a front winch. The sturdy front bumper acts as extra protection while you’re driving. Select from colors such as tactical gray, camo, red, or blue.
The MSU 800-5 is the bulkier of the two with many of the same features, among them metal frame doors, a front winch, a front bumper, and side mirrors. It too is available in the same colors and looks especially dashing in red!
The last Massimo UTV series is Buck, which has four models beginning at $6,699.99. Here’s the complete list:
- 2021 Buck 250: $6,699.99
- 2021 Buck 250X Golf: $6,999.99
- 2021 Buck 450: $9,399.99
- 2021 Buck 450X Golf: $9,599.99
These are among the most affordable Massimo UTVs. The Buck 250 is a compact Massimo side by side but it still has features such as a front bumper, side mirrors, a hard top, a windshield, and an EFI engine. It’s also available in the standard hues, including camo.
Are Massimo Side by Sides Good Quality? Here’s the Truth!
Now that you’re better acquainted with Massimo’s selection of side by sides, it’s time to take a hard look into whether these UTVs are worth buying.
We have to be honest, finding information on Massimo’s side by sides was really difficult. Their website provides few details on each model in any of the four series. If you’re hoping for specs like vehicle length, width, height, passenger count, GVWR, and the like, that info is not available on their website. Third-party resellers might provide further info, but not Massimo themselves.
This is strange considering that consumers want to know these sorts of things before making a purchasing decision. What’s also odd is that Massimo reveals the max horsepower for some of the side by sides in their four series, but not all.
Then there are the reviews, or really, the lack thereof. On Massimo’s own website, the paltry few reviews left on any of the side by sides are overwhelmingly positive. Whether those reviews are real or fake is anyone’s guess, but it’s never a good thing when all the reviews skew one way. Something is fishy about it.
Over on Amazon, there aren’t many more reviews on any of the Massimo side by sides either. People had a bit more to say about the Massimo T-BOSS 410. Most of the reviews are positive, so we’ll start with those.
One user, who admits the Massimo T-BOSS 410 is their first side by side, says this:
“The value for the price seems great, and Massimo delivered right to my house. Everything was as advertised. The UTV has plenty of power to climb pretty steep hills, and the knobby tires seem prepared for rough terrain. I don’t yet know how easy it will be to have it serviced; I’m hoping Massimo has some service centers near San Antonio, or I’ve made a mistake buying the unit. My only reservations are that the motor runs loud and rough, and the exhaust is smelly.”
More of the Amazon reviews on this T-BOSS model were negative than positive. The top complaint seemed to be that when users attempted to contact Massimo’s customer service about their issues with the side by side, no one picked up the phone.
Another user said that they had to send four emails and make six phone calls to get someone to reply, which is a lot! They also mentioned that their issue was unresolved.
Others have said their Massimo side by side won’t turn on, that it runs hot in cold weather (such as 45 degrees Fahrenheit), and that it just doesn’t work well. Here’s one such negative review:
“When I first got the vehicle, it did not go into gear smoothly at all, and finally, after forty miles of use, it wouldn’t go into gear at all. The clutch had completely fractured and parts of it had melted…
Amazon and Massimo screwed us over on our warranty. Massimo told me when I called them after six months of owning the vehicle that my warranty had expired because I purchased the vehicle through Amazon. Amazon service representatives were not helpful at all.”
If Massimo were a cheap side by side manufacturer, we’d say go ahead, give them a try. Yet many of their UTVs are more expensive than the norm. The quality seems to be lacking and the customer service certainly is. We’d say proceed at your own risk!
Massimo is a newer side by side brand formed in 2009. Despite calling their four side by side series premium vehicles, many past and present owners disagree. They complain of vehicle overheating, malfunctioning parts, and poor customer service. Then again, there are other users who have had no complaints with their Massimo side by sides.
We hope this article helps you decide whether you should choose Massimo for your next UTV!