I did as much reading as I can and it seems the 17 was redesigned almost from the ground up with better cooling, suspension, drivetrain, and it is quieter than the 16. However saving $6500 is pretty good.
So I am hoping that people here with experience with both can weigh in on if I should save the cash and go for the 16 or if I should take the plunge and get the 17.
On craigslist in my area and at many dealers they have a lot of 16s with low mileage I was very surprised to see that many basically new machines for sale. I don’t know if that means they were bad or if people just wanted to upgrade or possibly be selling impulse buys they cannot afford.
Thanks for your advice. I am test driving the 16 tomorrow and or I can pick up the 17 on Friday.