Spoke with the owner of the dealership today, he spoke to the top bloke at deere corp....my mower will not be fixed swiftly by looks of things. without going into the interesting details publically, the owner of the dealership offered to take my mower back and replace it with a New60'' side discharge model 997. I had to think about it as I was stunned.....though I'm sold on rear discharge, simply deere has not got a good enough one out, so Monday I'll be ordering a side discharge for a demo. no money changes hands, clean swap. I get a mulch kit, and will try for a OCDC this way I can mow around property, cars etc. This is a great deal, best it could ever be..... 6 months of stress and worry, looks like it will calm soon. The demo is a side by side comparison to ensure the screen filter doesn't clog or any other bugs, the boss guy wants to resolve this asap, he is wearing the cost, deere is not buying back, he is..... I'll be a happy chappy if this all goes well, might even keep my biz!