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Powerful, Durable and Rugged

Kawasaki Motor Corp.The full-sized Kawasaki MULE™ 3000 off-road utility vehicle is larger, has a more powerful engine, and more hauling and towing capacity than the compact MULE 550 model. With features that include a tilting cargo bed, bench seat, fully automatic transmission and locking differential, it is Kawasaki’s “industrial grade” utility vehicle. The MULE 3000 utility vehicle has aggressive styling and a rugged grille with rounded fenders. The body panels of the cab are made of durable, color-infused plastic to help hide scuffing, and the front hood of the MULE 3000 can be lifted with the touch of a button to reveal a large storage space, which also has convenient D-rings to help secure cargo. Located beneath the front grille are winch-ready tabs for easy winch mounting, and a passenger-side grab rail is mounted on the cab frame. Plus, two lever latches make opening and closing the tailgate easy.

In addition to light and accurate rack-and-pinion steering, the easy-to-operate controls on the MULE 3000 are ergonomically located for comfort and convenience. The forward/reverse shift lever is located within easy reach on the dash, the coolant temperature warning light is easy to see, and a push-button control activates headlights.
Additional features include an hour meter, fuel gauge and horn.

A liquid-cooled four-stroke V-twin engine provides power for the MULE 3000 and features an air restrictor gauge to indicate when the air filter needs to be cleaned or replaced. Plus, the fuse box and oil dipstick are located underneath the seat for easy access.

The MULE 3000 utilizes the Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive System (KAPS) –Kawasaki’s continuously variable transmission – to provide a wide operating range for abundant pulling power and quick acceleration. Dependable, low-maintenance shaft drive transfers power to a dual-mode differential that can be locked to maximize rearwheel traction, or unlocked to minimize ground disturbance when making tight turns.

The chassis of the MULE 3000 features MacPherson strut front suspension for a smooth, comfortable ride. On the rear, the De Dion rear leaf-spring suspension is designed to carry heavy loads, yet provides a smooth ride when the cargo box is empty. Self-adjusting hydraulic drum brakes at all four wheels provides progressive stopping power, and 23-inch tires provide maximum traction for a variety of surfaces.

The MULE 3000 utility vehicle can carry 803 pounds in its steel cargo bed and can tow 1,200 pounds.

Information about Kawasaki’s complete line of recreational products and Kawasaki affiliates can be found on the Internet at

2005 KAWASAKI MULE™ 3000
Features and Benefits

  • The four-stroke, V-twin industrial engine produces exceptional torque at low engine speeds
  • The Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive System, Kawasaki’s continuously variable transmission, features forward and reverse, and helps to keep the engine in the right operating rpm for every job
  • The dual-mode differential can be “locked” for extra pulling power or unlocked when traveling across delicate terrain
  • Rack-and-pinion steering is light and precise
  • MacPherson strut long-travel front suspension and De Dion rear suspension can handle heavy loads, yet provide a smooth ride when the cargo box is empty
  • Four wheel brakes are self-adjusting and feature extra sealing for protection against mud, dust and debris
  • Bench seat provides comfortable seating for two
  • The steel cargo bed can carry more than 800 pounds and tilts for quick unloading
  • With an optional Kawasaki tow hitch, it can tow 1,200 pounds
  • The muffler features a U.S. Forest Service-approved spark arrestor


  • Engine: Four-stroke, overhead valve V-twin

  • Displacement: 617cc

  • Bore x stroke: 76 x 68mm

  • Carburetor: Mikuni BW26-18

  • Cooling: Liquid

  • Ignition: Digital electronic

  • Drive train: Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive System (KAPS) automatic torque converter; forward, neutral, reverse

  • Final drive: Shaft, dual-mode rear differential

  • Wheelbase: 73.6 in.

  • Overall length: 112.6 in.

  • Overall height: 76.2 in.

  • Ground clearance: 7.2 in.

  • Tires: front/rear Tubeless 23 x 11-10

  • Suspension: Front/rear Independent, MacPherson strut-type/semi-independent, De Dion axle with leaf-springs and shocks

  • Brakes: Front/rear Four-wheel sealed hydraulic drum

  • Turning radius: 11.2 ft.

  • Load capacity: 1,330 lbs.

  • Bed capacity: 803 lbs.

  • Towing capacity: 1,200 lbs.

  • Dry weight: 1,234 lbs.

  • Fuel capacity: 5.3 gal.

  • Instruments/lighting: Parking brake warning light, coolant temperature warning light, horn, 12V DC outlet, (2) 5/21-watt taillight/brakelight, (2) 35-watt sealed-beam headlight

  • Color: Hunter Green, Aztec Red

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