Living in the north east, I can say I wish this had a block heater. Would not start on several cold days. Had to bring in heater to warm the storage container that it is housed in. Also wish it had more lifting power and the bucket has creeped down ever since it was new.
The John Deere dealer said they all do that. I am not sure about that. It has been reliable and it is a perfect size for most homeowners with a little land. LOVE the 4x4 capabilities and it has bailed me out many times.