Written on: 25/05/2012
Bought the John Deere X540 tractor from the dealer with a hydraulic tiller and snow blade as an off the floor demonstrator tractor with a few hours on it in 2008; the attachments were brand new. Since then it has had multiple repairs all before 90 hours of use.
*-Tiller hose came loose and pumped a gallon of oil onto soil - 1st day of service.
*-Engine stalls when trying to engage deck - must use choke
*-Engine would stop running in the middle of the yard - Dead Battery
*-Same event happened 1 month later - electical fault in the engine
*-Difficult to start - white smoke at start-up
*-Noticed coolant on the floor - water pump seal is leaking
*-Failed to drive in reverse with any power, gradually lost speed - motion rod nut came loose
*-Blade lift rod came loose and bent - defective pins
*-Noticed rust on frame - battery is leaking
*-Deck Guide Wheel is loose and wobbles - plastic is worn out
*-Blade lift rod is ruined again - same failure as before
*-Engine is now using coolant again.
*-Engine is loosing power and puffs black sooty smoke, dificult to start again.
*-Engine stalls when trying to engage deck - must use choke - ongoing issue
For $10,000 I would have expected so much more; sorely disapointed.
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