not even close in my opinion, i guess they are ok if you like suspension on a mower. well, if you manage to blow up a motor every other year only doing 40 yards,i can see where you would call it easy to destroy. 9 mph isn't slow to me, seems on par with other 52" Z's. cheap? not really.. affordable, but not cheap by any means. i wouldn't hold my breath on saying that.. like i said, eXmark has no outstanding design flaws. the few troubles i have heard anyone mention were all isolated events. why the hell would i want to put a part on my mower off of a CHEAPER mower??? that's fine, no one said 40 wasn't enough, they said you should have plenty of time for other things during the rest of the week when you are done. It's kinda like chevy,gmc,pontiac,buick. lots of parts available. not sure what that has to do with anything, but anyway.