I own 14 of these godforesaken machines. There's probably not a more experienced K2 mechanic in the state. I HATE honda. They discontinued the K2 series of the HRC216HXA just 2 years after introducing it. Guess what? Parts prices go WAY up as soon as they discontinue a model. The hydraulic transmission had an MSRP of $341 in '07 but this year, it's gone up to $451. These machines absolutely suck. This winter, I'm selling all my used Hondas and I'm buying all Toro or Snapper. At least with these two brands, I won't have blade brake/clutch systems to replace AND I won't have $451 transmissions to replace. Since purchasing the Honda's, I've had to replace 6 or 7 of these damn things. I tried to fix two of them last winter, spent 2 solid days and several hundred on parts only to realize they can't be fixed...at least not by me. Once the seal on the axle starts looking wet, the tranny is ruined. It happens eventually on all of them. ****, these sorry ass machines can't even make it half a season brand new without a break down. And the dealers: My dealer is good, but if I want to shop around, the next nearest Honda dealer is over 30 minutes away with no traffic. In the DFW metroplex, that's ridiculous. And Honda has told Mowpart and the others they are strictly forebidden to ship Honda parts UPS to customers. Done with my rant. I could go on and on about the worthless parts drain known as Honda, but I think you guys get the idea.