I paid $12,200, like most others here. This spring there was a $500 "loyalty" rebate floating around in Kubota Country magazine, that if you got that, there was a coupon in it. So far, the transmissions SEEM to be better, they're much quicker in the response, as well quicker with speed. My old ZD 28's, there were times that I would be on a hill, and you'd turn and the mower would just sit there, bog down, and not move. It seemed as though you would "pin" the mower to the hill. So far I've not had that happen.