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John Deere 4300 Review



Overall Rating:
rating
 3.40
Build Quality:
3
Features:
rating
5
Performance:
rating
3
Value:
rating
3
Reliability:
rating
3


A Reliable Engine, But Not Much Else to Recommend It Posted by Mike Turner on 10/30/2013

Bought the tractor new. The engine has been trouble free. Transmission often grinds when shifting gears and has run rough from day 1. After 5 years the plastic body parts became brittle and started falling apart.

Unscheduled maintenance items and approximate hours when they showed up:

25 hours: Bad fuel injector, fixed under warranty.

200 hours; selector started popping out of "B" range, had to hold the lever in position by hand to use "B" range.

300 hours: plastic surround for the range shift lever broke allowing lever to move past the "C" position, causing the lever's internal linkage to disconnect from the transmission and requiring a visit to the repair shop to fix.

350 hours: all plastic cover parts (hood, grill, sides) around the engine compartment started becoming brittle and proceeded to gradually disintegrate over the years.

350 hours: 4 wheel drive lever refused to engage.

350 hours: diode block (V1) in fuse panel failed, replaced block.

400 hours: brakes started not releasing after being applied, was able to temporarily fix by adding a spring on each side to release the brakes when I release the brake pedals.

400 hours: differential lock stopped working.

450 hours: seat's shock absorber failed, replaced seat and shock absorber.

450 hours: clutch safety switch failed, bypassed switch.

ITEM INFORMATION
Model year: 1999 Date Purchased: 05/10/1999 Number of Hours: 470
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Pros: Reliable engine. Cons: Transmission, plastic body parts. Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 Acres Location: United States South Carolina I also considered buying:
REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
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