The same thing was said when they first brought out the Metro 26" in 2005. I was one of the first people to buy it and there were so many mechanical issues with it that first year. It had to go back to my dealer 8 times in 6 months. 5 times, he had to fix the issue and 3 times, Exmark sent update kits but it never made much of a difference along with the fact that the machine was terrible. I was tempted to purchase a 30" this year but after my experience with the 26", I decided to wait a year or two and instead went with an Exmark 21" based on some very generous advice from people on this site. My question to toro and exmark would be if they can't find a fix for this transmission issue, who's going to compensate the owners for their investment? The only thing I got from them for my Metro 26" was a trade in for a 21" Metro back in 2006, the following year.