Hello. MY name is Kevin and I live in the small community of Saxapahaw, North Carolina. Just purchased a Simplicity Sovereign a few weeks ago. Dealer told me that it was ( he thinks ) a 2003 model???? Anyway, said it was the last year model that they were made by Simplicity. It is a nice tractor with 48" mower, hydraulic power steering, and hydraulic lift. Love this site. I have already received some good advice about the hydrostatic drive.