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Old August 9th, 2006, 06:08 PM
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Need a mechanic in DC area

Picking up a 1994 in Florida on Sunday and bringing it back to DC. While it's only got 56 k miles and looked great on the web and interviews with the owner I'll be the 5th guy who has owned this thing. Anyone around DC know of a mechanic who knows Defenders and won't bs me on it's needs, etc? Looking to start a beautiful friendship. Thanks for any advice, TM in Washington DC
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Old August 9th, 2006, 06:42 PM
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Charles at Roverland 4x4 in Alexandria did a pre-purchase inspection for me after I bought my truck and drove it down from Ohio. For around $100 he did the inspection, and then walked me through the truck both on the rack and under the hood, including the diagnostic computer (I was down to fumes coming into town and tripped the "check engine" light). He was both cheaper than the LR of Alexandria dealer's pre-purchase insp., and much more informative. He's at I-95 & Eisenhower Ave. and listed on the web (www.roverland4x4.com). Good luck.
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Old August 9th, 2006, 07:25 PM
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Roverland is very good on mechanical, not so much on electronic (at least working on locks and windows on my lwb). Treasured Motorcars outside Baltimore is Excellent, there's a newer place called Airpark Rovers in Gaithersburg that I've heard nothing about, and lastly there's Arlington Motorcars on Wilson -- I've never used them and have gotten a bad feeling with every tangential experience I've had with them, but others have had good luck with them.

Overall, it seems Roverland is your best bet. Of course, you won't find an easier truck to work on, and if you've got some patience, some tools, and a workshop manual, you'll know all the work has been done right. There's enough knowledge both on here and locally that you won't have an issue.

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Old August 9th, 2006, 09:26 PM
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Awesome, thanks

Thanks again for the advice. I'll check out Roverland initially and then see how things go from there. TM
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Old August 10th, 2006, 12:53 AM
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..and come to happy hour tomorrow, Tommy
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Old August 10th, 2006, 10:28 AM
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Happy Hour

"..and come to happy hour tomorrow, Tommy"

Didn't know there was one. That said I'm new to the board, new to the Defender, etc. If there's a group around DC I'm sure we'll link up after I get it.
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Old August 10th, 2006, 10:45 AM
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Oooh, happy hour? I think I missed that thread, but also the boss has plans. Will check...

Tommy, there are several of us in the area who can at least give you our personal advise and observations as owners. I'd be happy to take a look at her and give you my opinios. Welcome to the club

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Old August 10th, 2006, 02:47 PM
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Great

Awesome. Well I've got an appointment with Charles at Roverland next week, hopefully she'll fly straight so but I can get it out and let you guys take a look at it. It's a 94 yellow D-90. Has all the tops, which is cool, but no back seat, which is a pain given the fact I've got a youngling. But beggars can't be choosers and I'll make it work out.

Thanks again for welcoming me to the club, TM



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Old August 10th, 2006, 04:43 PM
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Tommy, did you see the thread in "Hitting the Trail" section, "happy hour in nova"...

Jay's in Arlington, 6:30-ish, tonite
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Old August 12th, 2006, 11:22 AM
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I couldn't make it fellas, sorry. Anyhow I fly down to Florida tomorrow to pick her up. Haven't felt like this since the Steelers won the Super Bowl. It's been a great year ...
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Old August 18th, 2006, 11:17 PM
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good thing about the lack of airbags is that you can throw the little guy up front. My kids love it, and I feel safer with them up front than I do in the back of my wife's BMW.

Roverland is not perfect, but they do a good job and have excellent customer service. Ask to speak to Joyce...she's very easy to deal with.
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Old August 21st, 2006, 09:02 AM
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So did you get it back here?
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