I currently own a 7 year old Troy-Bilt rear drive push mower that the transmission has gone out for the second time. The first time was under warranty. I have not had it officially looked at but from some research online and talking to a local OPE repair shop they are familiar with the issue and estimated approximately $200-$250 to fix it. Even though the motor runs great I can’t justify spending that on a 7 year old mower when I could put it towards a new one. I will try to sell it as is so someone can get use out of the motor. Not sure what to ask for it but the motor runs great and has had synthic oil in it since new every year. So, I would like to get a mower without self-propelled but the wife enjoys having the self-propelled so will probally get another. I am looking at this Honda http://powerequipment.honda.com/lawn-mowers/models/hrr216vka Can anyone here verify if the transmissions in these are different or better than those that can be found in the MTD line of mowers from the box store? The OPE guy (different store) told me they were different and better, but when I looked underneath it looked identical to the system on my Troy Bilt. Looks like on the reviews they have had some problems too so I am not thinking that just because it is a Honda they are problem free. I am not opposed to other brands either, some body mentioned Husqvarna is good? Snappers? Just thought that the Honda would be good because the Troy Bilt had a Honda motor on it and that has been problem free and starts easy on the first pull. Looking at no more than $400. Thanks for your input.