You know what guys, after reading all of your helpful responses, I've come a preliminary conclusion about whether to shop for a 4 or 8. I LOVE hearing your thoughts and factors that went into your decision on which to buy and I really appreciate your insight. The conclusion I'm at right now is this: Buy the Esprit model you want (period). Recognize that all models have positives and negatives. Choose one of the style you dream about, make an informed purchase after doing your due diligence and careful, patient research on those you find and then purchase/go into ith with eyes open to all the kinks and flaws (as well as positives) that you're going to have with that particular model. In that sense, there really is no 'best year/model' to pick. I'm getting that you just go for the one you want and be prepared for everything that comes with it. Can I go wrong with that perspective?