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I am looking at a 2003 GT235 with only 155 hours and in like new condition.Comes with a front bumper and the 48c deck is also scratch free.It is at a local John Deere dealer and I think he is high but if he wants to sell it sureley he will budge?He is asking $3750

I asked what my CubCadet 2166 would be worth on trade.He is willing to take it off my hands for $700.00 and maybe and extra $100.00 for the blade.He saids its a MTD as if I did not know that already.I guess he is saying MTD is not worth much?It is also a 2003

I am considering offering him $2500.00 and my Cub?Would that be about right or what?I might instead see how I could trade for a X320 NEW
 

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In 2007 I traded in my 99 GT235 on an X500 and got $2200. He ended up selling it for $2500. Since mine was 8 years old then and yours would be 6, I would say that $2500 would be a good price without your trade.
If you do end up trading on a new one, the trade in value would offset the sales tax for that amount.
 

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In 2007 I traded in my 99 GT235 on an X500 and got $2200. He ended up selling it for $2500. Since mine was 8 years old then and yours would be 6, I would say that $2500 would be a good price without your trade.
If you do end up trading on a new one, the trade in value would offset the sales tax for that amount.
So he is basically wanting to steal my trade in then it sounds like?
 

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Two months ago I bought a 2005 GT235E with the Briggs engine less than 80hrs from a Deere dealership for $2400 (wanted $2500) it has the 48c deck with mulch plug. It was in like new condition, and could tell it was always garaged.

Good luck, and might have better luck selling your other mower on Craigslist.
 

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Two months ago I bought a 2005 GT235E with the Briggs engine less than 80hrs from a Deere dealership for $2400 (wanted $2500) it has the 48c deck with mulch plug. It was in like new condition, and could tell it was always garaged.

Good luck, and might have better luck selling your other mower on Craigslist.
How many hours were on yours and it must have been older then a 2003 because of the Briggs engine?
 

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JD car46999 bought one of Those GT235E that had the onboard electric generator with dual outlets they were made in 2002 & 2003 and that was a briggs engine with that system.
 

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That BS $700 for your cub cadet. I would have buy that from you for $1,000.
 

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It had seventy something hours, 76 or something like that.
As far as the dealer said it is a 2005.
I will have to go home and have the SN ran to be sure.

I know the JD webpage lists 1999-2003, but I have seen several 2004-2005 for sale. And if you click on the specs page, those are for the 2005.

As far as I know the GT235E only had the Briggs.

Here is a 2004 GT235E Briggs
http://www.flickr.com/photos/geekyartistlibrarian/3283106350/
 

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I have an '02 GT235, they sold new for $3999 then, so $3750 is way too much, even with low hours. I'd say $2500-$2600 is a fair price for the one you're looking at. Don't let the dealer steal the CC. Maybe if he lets you have the JD for $2500 AND gives you $750-800 for the Cub, that would be a good deal. Show up with cash money, if he won't give you a decent trade for the CC, pay cash for the JD and sell the CC later.

When I was looking at a new JD, my dealer told me that my GT235, with 400+ hours and scratches on the deck edges, was worth about $2200 in a straight sale.

Hope you close a good deal. The GT235 is a great GT.
 

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Your dealer is saying that your CC is useless to him, and his just doing you the courtesy of taking it off your hands. Highly unlikely he'll keep it on his lot much more than two weeks.

$3750 is too high for the 235 IMO. I see nice low hour units from private sellers going for $2500 OBO.

Like Dan, I'd probably give you $1000 for the CC in good condition.

Offer him $2400, and give $2500 tops. NO TRADE IN!

For $3750, you can get a 445 in fair to good condition that's much more tractor than the 235.
 

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Just returned from looking at the GT235 I passed.He would allow me $750.00 trade including the snow blade.He would then take $2500.00 + tax.The GT235 has been sitting on his lot outside since the first of April and is already showing weathering fade and it was not nearly as nice as claimed.

I took one look at the X320 and decided to see what we could do that way.He was still set on $750.00 for my trade.But came down on the price of a X320 to $3850.00 so I can trade for $3293.75 out the door tax included?

I feel why go used when I do not need a GT and the X320 has larger tires and is about the same size as the GT235.

I then went to a second more local dealer.He is working on a price for my trade in.He asked more questions about it and seemed more intersted in it.He will be getting back with me.So maybe he can do better then $750.00 will find out tommorow?He is also the same dealer that sold me my LX277 and others in the past?He did not cut down Cub Cadet with MTD comments like dealer #1 did.Also he is a larger dealer with more traffic.So maybe he has someone looking for a good used Cub Cadet?He said he had to make a few phone calls to see what it was worth?
 

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I know JD dealers that won't take a Cub Cadet on a trade. Sell the Cub outright. $3750 is too high for that GT235. I had one for 2 years and got $3600 on a trade for a 425 and it was like new.

Here's one that didn't sell on eBay for $2700 and it looks great.

http://cgi.ebay.com/John-Deere-GT23...ryZ50377QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
That is a nice one but it is older then 2003 also.Because it has a Briggs. No metion of hours that I seen.The erly ones did not have hour meaters.
 

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That is a nice one but it is older then 2003 also.Because it has a Briggs.
No metion of hours that I seen.The erly ones did not have hour meaters.
Yeah they had the B&S Vanguard. I put an hour meter on mine. I'd go for the new
one if you work out a deal. You'll get a nice warranty to boot.
 

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I am beginning to feel I should go with the X320 and just take the loss on the Cub and consider it a lesson learned.When I traded my 1993 LX178 with 38'' deck in back in 2003 I was allowed $1000.00 and it was 10 years old and well used.

Maybe the way to look at it is it will only be worth less next year and the new ones will go up.
 

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Just returned from looking at the GT235 I passed.He would allow me $750.00 trade including the snow blade.He would then take $2500.00 + tax.The GT235 has been sitting on his lot outside since the first of April and is already showing weathering fade and it was not nearly as nice as claimed.


I feel why go used when I do not need a GT and the X320 has larger tires and is about the same size as the GT235.
Sorry the GT235 didn't pan out. The X320 is probably the latest "version" of the 235. Both are roughly the same size (weight), but the 320 has more hp, not that the difference matters all that much. I believe the 235 has larger rear wheels. Mine has 23x10.50x12. My '02 is the 18hp B&S and it came with the hour meter. There are sometimes mid-year model changes like that. I have been very satisfied with my 235, the one you looked at is low hours for its age, but if you're not happy with the deal he's giving you, by all means the 320 is a good machine.
 

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What dealers are you working with? Since I'm in IL as well, just curious...
 

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JD,
the other difference no one has noted is the transmission.
The GT235 is the K71 vs K58. But if you do not want a GT then it will be fine.

As far as the Briggs Vanguard meaning prior to 2003, I am not sure that you are correct. I will run my SN tomorrow, and see for sure.

Good luck with your purchase.
 
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