I have a 2 year old D105 with 22 hours. It has been great, no issues, no sounds, no squeaks, etc. Over the past winter, I spun a bearing on a 11 year old 10HP 30" Snowblower. (had a now defunct Tecumseh engine in it).
I bit the bullet and ordered chains, weights, a snow cab, and 44" snowblower from my local JD dealer, picked up everything last week and the snowblower last night. I keep reading on the internet about the weak transmissions on the lower D series mowers, since I have a CVT and not a hydro I figured I would give it a shot. Ill post some photos once I get everything going then Ill do a snow dance and hope for some snow to try it all out.
Thanks for this site I have been lurking for a while and finally signed up a few minutes ago.