I have a Freedom 2014 and wouldn't consider any other model😊
The Spirit is the best seller because you can convert the dinette to a bed...if you have kids, that's what you need, or a Liberty,etc.
If you're traveling solo or as a couple, the Freedom chairs are the way to go.
There are numerous posts on Spirit owners modifying the dinette seats to make them more comfortable. With the captain's chairs, years of kickback comfort are ahead for you.
You can buy,which I did, boat sliders to scoot the chairs back a bit to provide more aisle clearance. You can do a search on the casita forum for where to purchase them, think I got mine on Amazon. We can tuck items, bags etc, around the chairs without having to open those lower doors, a pain for us.
Also, the 2008 model is when they upgraded the fabric. I believe you also have the polar bear a.c., while the new models are struggling with the Mach 8 and its tribulations.
Some people also like the bathroom layout better on the older models as well.
I had to buy new because there wasn't a Freedom model in my area, they are just so rare. 3 and 1/2 hrs away? Incredible luck! Do it!