Hi guys... I've been lurking for about a week now on this forum. It's been my most recent stop in my research for the right van for my needs, and it's come to a point where I may need an experts thoughts on the matter.
After looking around for a couple months now, I've decided to get either a diesel E350 (looking for a 7.3L for reliability and mpg savings) or an E250 gasser. Everything about the diesel appeals to me in terms of reliability and mpg... I intend to care for the vehicle like it was my only child, and will have a suitable income to do preventative maintenance as needed.
One overlooked factor that I stumbled across today... finding a mechanic that works on diesel. I asked my local mechanic that I trust if he works on diesel engines... and that was a no. I asked who in the area does, and he said he knows no one at all. In a decent size area.
Is this common? Will I be able to find a diesel mechanic if my van breaks down an hour away from my shop? If so, my dreams of being a 7.3 powerstroke owner really flies out the window.
Sorry for the long post, and you guys have my thanks for your time... I've already learned quite a bit from this forum.