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Have not checked in for a few years, the X300 is at near 400 hours. The K46 is pretty noisy and has lost a bit of ground speed but it's still working. Will probably put a new unit in (it's 10 years old). I bought the X300 first year production. The engine is maintained with Castrol Edge 10W30 (Syntec) and has 2 valve adjustments in near 400 hours. No oil leaks or consumption. Runs like new.

Thought about a K57 or K66 upgrade and it's just not worth it to me. The X300 is a legit 20 year machine with a 10 year transaxle if it's not abused.
I never changed the oil in the transaxle. The new one will get the 5W50 synthetic right off the bat and a intermediate change. I thought of a repair kit but the cases are 10 years old, not worth the risk or money.

JD could have done better than the K46, and the K58 is only marginally better. If one needs a tractor for lugging, something with a K71 or K72 (old GT or newer X500) is the choice if you have the pockets.
Otherwise the X300 is still a class leader at that price point IMHO.
Best to all.:thThumbsU
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I appreciate this review because I just bought a 2009 X300 with 325hrs. I got it for $1250 with the twin bagger and a 10p cart which seemed like a good deal to me. It was only dealer serviced and in mint condition. I did drop the trans and put 5w-50 synthetic in it. It makes a little noise but works just fine forward and reverse up and down the small slopes in my yard and seems to quiet down more when it warms up. I dont know what if any noise is normal in the K46 because I never owned one. I did look at the K66 upgrade by RJR just to have a future plan but man thats pricey. I have a set of x500 grab bars on the way that im going to mount up. Other then that Ive put 5hrs on it and I really like it. That kawasaki engine is super smooth and quiet in my opinion.

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