The things you bring up are good feedback on this mower. In fact pretty eye opening if you ask me, I never even considered those items. I tried the 25" for about 2 weeks and it was pretty decent but I felt there were still a lot of things that needed to be tweaked. I personally didn't like the blade engagement system, it seemed to always pinch somebodies hand and the handle bar area you hold was uncomfortable because of this. The bag set up was a little funky too, although it did bag well. I wish it had a hydrostatic tranny as well but those are part of my Santa's wish list I guess. As for repairs... your local dealer who carries it would be able to fix or as mentioned from somebody else, it has all the steps for repair on line, which I don't have a lot of extra time for due to school, work and family. But, I didn't end up buying one anyway so I guess I don't have to worry about it.