Aren't the new "no springs" seats supposed to be on the 2000 and later models of an exmark? Mower is 44" Lazer HP 19 Kawi. My dealer said it was a 2000, yet it has the older seat. Does this mean it is really a 1999 or is the newer seat only on the 2001's? How can you tell the year of an exmark? Is it written somewhere? The list price is $6,499. would the list price go down if it were a 1999 as opposed to a 2000? Another question is that he said the 44" Lazer Hp was too small to put the foot assist for the deck lift on. is this true? Can you not order one and put it on a 44" HP?