In the last year I have had: - 17hp Kaw with 941 hours all the sudden leak oil FAST and die (like all the sudden a few minutes unnoticeable fast on the top.) - 19hp Kaw KAI with 764 hours throw a rod - 23hp Kaw FH blow a head with 1,464 - 24hp Kaw FX throw a rod straight through the block with 1,374 and now a 24hp Kaw FS that only has 300 hours on it (replacement for the 23) is leaking oil so fast I can keep up with it. This is exactly why the other 24hp just blew up on me. The dealer won't do anything about it because he say it is "normal." He also says Kawasaki is hard to deal with... I've know for years that my dealer sucks, but he is the only one that sells Exmark around here and I will only run their walkbehinds for more reasons than one so I have sucked it up for years. I am wondering if anyone else is having this much trouble with these recent Kawasakis.. Have they taking a hard tumble in quality? They have crappy seals all the sudden. They all leak fast out of the cam shaft seal. I have to clean them up all the time and dump oil in them all the time. All this while my 20 year old 15 hp Kawasaki (FC480 i think) with a minimum 5,000 hours runs like a champ, and 2 Kohler Commands run flawlessly, and one with very high hours. In fact, I have never gotten LESS than 4,000 hours out of a Kohler Command and once almost 6,000 hours. Vanguards run strong too and I always thought Kawasaki was good also, but not recently. I maintain my equipment flawlessly. I change the oil more than I need too and try my best to make sure they are clean (its just a pain to keep taking the engine cover off all the time because I should not have too). I expect a minimum of 2,500 hours from such high priced motors. I have small 2 cycle equipment with more hours than these new Kawasaki engines can handle.