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Kawasaki Motor Corp.

The unbeatable utility vehicle combination:
Diesel power, MULE ruggedness and power steering smoothness

Mule 3010 4x4 Diesel Green
Mule 3010 4x4 Diesel Green

Mule 3010 4x4 Diesel Red
Mule 3010 4x4 Diesel Red

Adding some finesse to its muscular worker horse, Kawasaki fitted the hard working Mule™ 3010 4x4 Diesel with electric power steering (EPS) for 2008. Already a proven hand with its reliable and stout diesel engine, automatic transmission, tilting cargo bed, and selectable four-wheel drive, this MULE just got more comfortable and easier to use.

The new EPS offers a more comfortable and controlled ride by reducing steering effort at low speeds and harnessing its electric motor’s inertia to dampen out most of the bump steer and kickback caused by impacts to the wheel. Electrically driven, the motor is controlled by an ECU that uses input from a vehicle speed sensor and torque sensor to determine the amount of assistance provided by the system. The system works immediately and doesn’t put a power drain on the engine. It operates as soon as the ignition key is turned to the “ON” position.

The Mule 3010 4x4 Diesel utility vehicle features a rugged grille, headlights and rounded fenders like its 3000-series siblings. Body panels of the cab are made of durable, colored plastic to help hide scuffing. The front hood of the Mule 3010 Diesel can be lifted with the touch of a button to reveal a large storage space, which also has convenient D-rings to secure cargo and the two lever latches make opening and closing the tailgate easy. Located beneath the front bumper are winch-ready tabs for an easy installation of a winch.

The Mule 3010 4x4 Diesel powerplant is a liquid-cooled, 953cc three-cylinder diesel engine that produces high torque at low engine rpm. Air for the engine is drawn through an intake located at the top of the cab frame and passes through a cyclone-type air cleaner, reducing dust intake.

The diesel engine is matched to the Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive System (KAPS) a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that features a high and low range, reverse, and helps keep engine rpm in the most efficient range for any selected vehicle speed, load, or terrain and yields a wide drive ratio spread for ample pulling power and quick acceleration. Strength and durability are aided by large torque converters which maximize belt engagement area, improve heat dissipation, as well as the use of a thick, strong drive belt and sheaves with high silicon-type material.

The KAPS also features a high-flow cover that helps cool the CVT while providing superb splash protection and water-proofing. This reliable system is combined with a dependable, low-maintenance shaft drive to transmit power to a dual-mode rear differential that can be locked to maximize traction, or unlocked to minimize ground disturbance when making tight turns. The operator can also select four-wheel drive for extra pulling power in difficult conditions.

Helping the filter stay clean and last longer—especially in the rugged conditions for which this Kawasaki was built—the engine air and converter cooling air are drawn from the top of the cab frame, where there’s less dust.

Controls on the Mule 3010 4x4 Diesel are also easy to operate. The high/low-range, forward/reverse shift lever and the lever for selecting four-wheel drive operation are all placed within easy reach on the dash. The coolant temperature warning light is easy to see, and a push-button control activates the headlights. Other standard features include an hour meter, fuel gauge and horn.

The chassis of the Mule 3010 4x4 Diesel is a ladder-type frame that rides on a DeDion rear leaf-spring suspension designed to carry heavy loads yet provide a smooth ride when the cargo bed is empty. MacPherson struts handle front suspension duties, while rack-and-pinion steering is light and maneuverable over rough terrain. Four hydraulically operated, self-adjusting drum brakes that are sealed to protect from water, mud and other debris provide stopping power, and 23-inch tires provide a comfortable ride and maximum traction over a variety of surfaces.

The Mule 3010 4x4 Diesel utility vehicle can carry up to 1,100 pounds in its steel cargo bed and can tow up to 1,200 pounds. Other standard features include a 5.3-gallon fuel tank, spin-on oil filter and a U.S. Forest Service-approved spark arrestor in its muffler.

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2008 KAWASAKI MULE™ 3010 4X4 DIESEL (Features, Benefits, Specs)

Features and Benefits

- Liquid-cooled, three-cylinder diesel engine produces incredible torque and exceptional fuel economy
- New Electric Power Steering (EPS) system, assists the light and precise rack-and-pinion steering and reduces low speed turn efforts, bump steer and kickback from rough terrain
- Perfect for commercial job sites where diesel fuel is readily available
- Continuously variable transmission (CVT) features high and low ranges, and reverse, giving the driver the right “gear” for every job and extra pulling power when needed
- Selectable four-wheel drive gives the operator extra traction in adverse conditions
- Dual-mode rear differential can be “locked” for even more pulling power, or unlocked when traveling across delicate terrain
- Durable rear differential with a large, 2.50mm-diameter pinion shaft and 10mm ring gear mounting bolts
- MacPherson strut long-travel front suspension and DeDion rear suspension can handle heavy loads, yet provide a smooth ride when the cargo box is empty
- Four wheel drum brakes are self-adjusting and feature extra sealing for protection against mud, dust and debris
- Bench seat provides comfort for two
- Steel cargo bed can carry up to 1,100 pounds and tilts for quick unloading
- Can tow up to 1,200 lbs. with optional Kawasaki towing hitch
- Muffler features a U.S. Forest Service-approved spark arrestor
- Meets roll over protective structure (ROPS) requirements

2008 Kawasaki Mule™ 3010 4x4 Diesel Specifications*

Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, three-cylinder, overhead valve diesel
Displacement: 953cc
Bore x stroke: 72 x 78mm
Compression ratio: 24.8:1
Carburetion: N/A
Air filter: Snorkel-type with cyclone-type two-stage dry replaceable element
Oil filter: Automotive-type spin-on canister
Ignition: Compression with glow plugs for starting
Electrical: 12V DC, 52 amp-hour battery, 40 amp alternator
Transmission: Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive System (KAPS), with reverse, dual range, 2WD/4WD
Final drive: Shaft, selectable four-wheel drive with dual-mode rear differential
Exhaust: Muffler with USFS-approved spark arrestor
Tires: 23x11-10 tubeless
Front suspension / wheel travel: Independent, MacPherson strut / 3.9 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Semi-independent, DeDion axle with leaf springs and shocks / 2.8 in.
Steering: Electric power steering assisted rack-and-pinion
Brakes: Four-wheel hydraulic drums, sealed
Fuel capacity: 5.3 gal.
Dry weight: 1,510 lbs.
Overall length: 112.6 in.
Overall width: 57.5 in.
Overall height: 76.0 in.
Wheelbase: 73.6 in.
Ground clearance: 6.9 in.
Roll over protective structure (ROPS): This structure meets ROPS requirements for wheeled tractors under SAE J1194, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, and 7.5. This structure also meets FMVSS 216 Roof Crush resistance requirement
Cargo bed dimensions (LxWxH): 46.3 x 51.6 x 11.3 in. / 15.6 cu. ft.
Load capacity: 1,632 lbs.
Cargo bed capacity: 1,100 lbs.
Towing capacity: 1,200 lbs.
Turning radius: 11.2 ft.
Top speed: 25 mph, governed
Instruments: Parking brake warning light, coolant temperature warning light, horn, 12V DC outlet, (2) 5/21-watt taillight/brakelight, (2) 35-watt sealed-beam headlight, speedometer
Color choices: Woodsman Green
Aztec Red
MSRP: $10,099
Wholesale distributor: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
9950 Jeronimo Road
Irvine, Calif. 92618
(949) 770-0400

*Specifications are subject to change. Media are encouraged to visit for most current specifications.

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