I 've been hearing for years about the early Reflex stators going bad and it finally happened to my 01 model at 25k. When I disassembled it to remove the stator it showed now telltale signs that normally occur such as the dark spots or totally brown color from heat or shorting out. As I was removing the metal bracket which harnesses the 3 wires connected to the stator I felt the casing on the wires and it was hard and brittle. Upon closer inspection I discovered that the ferule like connectors and wiring was burnt and no longer making contact. I cut the wires back to reach good material and reconected everything and it now works fine again. I'll bet a lot of people replaced expensive stators and didn't have to.