I have a newer JD rider and a 1987 JD 318. There is no comparison between the 2. When the newer one dies I will be looking for another old 318, they mow better and have power steering, hydraulic deck lift and a 3 point hitch. Around here you can pick a nice one up for about 20% of the cost of a new one. Unless you spend big bucks you won't get these features on most new riders. They just don't make 'em like they use to. Just my .02
“I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”
― John Wayne "The Shootist"