Bought this JD 325 in May of 2010 for $300 cash to get it out of a farmer's yard. Unit had good tires, good transaxle, working headlights and a 48" mower deck, but a blown engine (17HP Kawasaki FC540V), ruined seat and demolished upper hood.
Took it completely apart for cleaning and replacing worn parts. Took FC540V engine off my John Deere GT275, cleaned it up, replaced bottom oil seal, and installed it on the 325. Also installed new seat, new upper hood and new pto clutch.
Very surprised on first run at how much more power the K71 transaxle has. Much faster in reverse than the GT275 with same K71 transaxle. Also, unit rides smoother than GT275 thanks to transaxle bushing mounts.
This 14 year old unit could easily last another 14 years with proper upkeep.