Well worth the $200 extra if you use the programming features. Pacemaster has now gone with a 1' deck on all their wider units- Gold and Platinum- so the rare deck failures we heard about are a thing of the past.
The decline feature makes this one so full featured, it is hard to believe that they only want $2500 for it. We should have kept our mouths shut because they decided we were right and now it is a $2700 treadmill. We know that is a lot of money but you get a lot of treadmill too.