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Old July 26th, 2016, 09:49 PM
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Northern Virginia Garages with Defender Experience?

Hi All,

Just moved back to good ole USA after some time in the LR homeland. I brought back a 110 as a souvenir. Can anyone recommend shops in Northern Va that have experience working on Defenders?

Thanks!
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Old July 27th, 2016, 12:33 AM
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Walid Ahmadi at Loudoun Rover.
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Old July 27th, 2016, 06:27 AM
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There is a good one in MD too....Independent Land Rover....owner is Dean. Waild is a one man shop so may have scheduling issues Dean wouldn't.
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Old July 27th, 2016, 08:19 AM
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Good to know. I heard there was a good place in Sterling but haven't seen it online. I'm curious, I'm thinking my 110 might be one of the first legit original tdi's
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Old July 27th, 2016, 08:27 AM
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The Tyson's Corner dealership has seen some 110/90/Defenders.

Across the street from them, I had good experience with Arlington Motorcar (they relocated from Arlington, VA, hence the name... 8590 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182). They've worked on Series trucks and have the equipment to handle newest Rovers.

I live in Herndon and while I do most of the work myself, for very basic stuff, I use the local garages (Elden Street something something is ok; Wygul is pricey).
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Old July 27th, 2016, 08:37 AM
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Good to know. I've done most of the restoration work myself too, but sometimes a guy just need a hand. I really appreciate the info.

Good stuff

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Old July 27th, 2016, 09:34 AM
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There is a good one in MD too....Independent Land Rover....owner is Dean. Waild is a one man shop so may have scheduling issues Dean wouldn't.
I've been to them all and hands down best experience was Independent/Dean.
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Old July 27th, 2016, 10:00 AM
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Good to know. I heard there was a good place in Sterling but haven't seen it online. I'm curious, I'm thinking my 110 might be one of the first legit original tdi's
I would not call the one in Sterling (called European something) a Land Rover shop. I know they have zero diesel experience. The owner (Chris) owns a NAS 90 and a Disco2 and a LR3/4 and a bunch of eclectic stuff but he doesn't turn wrenches any more and the shop does not see early Land Rover stuff on a regular basis. Big shop but owner told me his shops has half the traffic it did 2 years ago.

x2 on Wally (Loudoun Rova Shop). The owner is a good guy and I've know him a long time. He's friendly and likes friendly customers that'll shoot the shit. As a one man shop he has his good days and bad days. I don't see how he manages the grind day-in and day-out.
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Old July 27th, 2016, 10:09 AM
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I'm curious, I'm thinking my 110 might be one of the first legit original tdi's
I know my 1991 110 Tdi is the first in the state of Colorado. A few 1991's have been trickling into the states for months now. Welcome back and thanks for adding to the Rover population.
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Old July 27th, 2016, 11:07 AM
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Ditto.

They did some work for me a few years ago and fixed a few issues long after any other shop would have. They've subsequently delivered exceptional results on a larger bill of work I've given them. They sorted out some minor corrosion issues that were turning into major ones and gave my 90 a new lease on life. They now have a 2nd shop that is full-time dedicated to the Defenders and Series LR's, and other older LR vehicles. They only work on LR's, you won't see any BMW's, Toyotas, 4x4 Vans, or other such vehicles in their work bays or parking lot.

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I've been to them all and hands down best experience was Independent/Dean.
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I know they have zero diesel experience. .
light duty Diesels are a mystery to many mechanics whom do not have heavy duty diesel experience , hence the difficulty of many shops willing or able to work on them.

to further alienate the experience, throw an imported brand name behind it and local shops can't run away from it fast enough.

diesel engine is nothing but a high performance power unit with immense capabilities
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light duty Diesels are a mystery to many mechanics whom do not have heavy duty diesel experience , hence the difficulty of many shops willing or able to work on them.

to further alienate the experience, throw an imported brand name behind it and local shops can't run away from it fast enough.

diesel engine is nothing but a high performance power unit with immense capabilities
^This^ is what I encountered in Mariposa CA. One place I called was thinking about working on it but when I said LR they couldn't run fast enough.
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Independent Land Rover Specialists
5200 River Rd. Bldg #1
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Walid Ahmadi at Loudoun Rover.
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Independent Land Rover Specialists
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Bethesda, MD 20816
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I've never met Dean personally but i'm from Bethesda and he's been there FOREVER and have
heard great things about him from various LR owners over the years. And I have plenty of memories of almost crashing due to my gawking at the rigs posted outside his shop on Bradley blvd
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light duty Diesels are a mystery to many mechanics whom do not have heavy duty diesel experience
I can't imagine being a mechanic and being scared by a TDI engine (not saying that they aren't). Injection pump internals aside, it doesn't get any more basic. I have never worked on a diesel in my life prior to this.
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I can't imagine being a mechanic and being scared by a TDI engine (not saying that they aren't). Injection pump internals aside, it doesn't get any more basic. I have never worked on a diesel in my life prior to this.
I think the "scary" part and/or reluctance to work on them is purely lack of previous experience and the fact that some parts are expensive or almost unobtainable, like injectors $500/set and 200tdi heads. As a small business/shop these guys can't make a living spending time trying to figure out odd stuff that only comes around every so often.

These small shops would probably enjoy spending all day chasing down an air leak in an old fuel line or trying to figure out if the fuel solenoid is sticking vs an ignition switch that just shat the bed but, they can't make much of a living at it.
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Old September 20th, 2016, 04:44 PM
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I think the "scary" part and/or reluctance to work on them is purely lack of previous experience and the fact that some parts are expensive or almost unobtainable, like injectors $500/set and 200tdi heads. As a small business/shop these guys can't make a living spending time trying to figure out odd stuff that only comes around every so often.
Hey Clay, many people have had great luck getting 200TDI Injectors re-done by reputable local "Fuel-Injection" shops for $200-250 for 4 of them, they do much more off the wall stuff than a very common land rover motor. I've sent them old perkins motor injection pumps for rebuilds without issue.

Good luck getting a good head though.
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