I'm looking for first hand experience preferably, although if you heard it from a friend who has first hand experience with Cat or Cummins service, I'll take that too. I'm not interested in hearsay or wife's, cousins, best friend's, uncle said so and so.
I'm looking at 3 inboard engines to power my boat, 35' in length. The 3 engines are the C9 Caterpillar 503 hp, the Cummins QSC 8.3 500 hp, and the Iveco Cursor 550 500 hp. I've heard good things from actual engine owners on all 3 engines. My question for all of you is in regard to service/support in Southcentral. Besides the price of the motor (they are all real close), the 2nd most important thing to me is the service and help I may need, if things go bad. I'm aware of a Cat dealer in Anchorage, a Cummins distributor in Anchorage, and a Cummins dealer in Homer (In Demand Marine). There is a dealer in Seattle for the FPT/Iveco, and a dealer coming on line in Anchorage for FPT/Iveco. Anyone have anything good or bad to share about the level of service you have experienced from these companies? Thanks