Mike, You are right. So. Calif is the place to be. dtanesq's place sounds peaceful and "green", but down here in the south it is nomally dry and warm - good for my MB diesels, less rust or battery problems. You can work on cars outside without worrying about snow or rain (except the past few days). Last week, it was summer like weather. This week, you can go to local slope for skiing.
Batteries for diesel cars are expensive. I'll try the pre-install battery next time. Thank for the info, Scott.
Los Angeles, Calif