The 708 is only a fine motor for those who've had no troubles with it. There have been oil consumption issues with what I would consider far too many of them. Do your research on it before buying. Join grizzly central and ask about the 708 before buying. There is far more traffic on that site than this one. You are in a good buyers position right now. The 708 was used in 3 yrs of the griz and Kodiak so there will be plenty of feedback available, both good and bad. My 16 uses some oil when plowing snow. Not a lot but it does. It is still a low mileage vehicle and in my experience, oil consumption doesn't get better, it gets worse with use. My situation is not unique and there have been owners with far worse issues. Do your homework and good luck.
this is where the problem gets blown way out of proportion making it look way worse than it really is. not just this 708, but anything these days.
millions of 708 were sold worldwide , millions with zero problems, but in this age we have the internet ...
a few thousand of us are purest, living and breathing the forums, ....info, reviews, next cool mod, helping others ect.
then there are the couple hundred with the real problems requiring major repairs.
not many purposly come to the forums just to say how great the bike is, no, they are out enjoying it.... but a high percentage (I bet +90%) of the people with major issues will hit up the forums for help and to vent their frustrations. (I know I have done it lots of times myself).
so a few hundred issues among a fuw thousand forum members....yes thats a huge problem..... but that same few hundred problems among the millions actually sold, not such a huge problem now.
if the problem was huge, yamaha would have issued a recall, mandatory or voluntarly.
if you do research it, the issue is about 99% first year, 2016 bikes, not surprisig at all.