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my wife killed her disco last night. I have a pretty good leak at the rear head gasket. I am unfortunately leaving on business next Tuesday for about 6 months and wont br able to tackle this job. Does anyone know of good shops in the northern Virginia area?
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Have not used them, no relationship, have heard good things about Overland 4x4 in Alexandria. Good luck getting that squared away.
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I actually called them today. They quoted about 3600. He was talking about re machining heads and if it's really messed up putting a new motor in. That's just ridiculous to me. I'll just go ahead and buy an old defender!
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Did it overheat or did she shut it off?
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She said it started climbing but she was right down the street from our house so I doubt it got that hot.
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I actually called them today. They quoted about 3600. He was talking about re machining heads and if it's really messed up putting a new motor in. That's just ridiculous to me. I'll just go ahead and buy an old defender!
3600 is the doing it correctly price. If the block is cracked they are correct about sourcing a new engine.
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$3,600 ain't cheap, no doubt. But that's a legit estimate for that area. If that price shocks you, wait til you see Defender prices.
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I'm probably more aggravated that I wont be able to do the repair myself. There's one other LR shop in the area and a saab shop that I trust to pretty much fix anything. I'll probably check the RAVE and see how long LR says it should take.
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Whynot do it yourself? You mention you leave next Tuesday, but you can start disassembly today for example, order and possibly overnight remanned heads and a head gasket set, and do the job that is necessary. You won't be able to touch trouble areas such as oil pump, timing chain, or injectors, but you'll have a running driving Disco for $1000 even if you buy certain new tools.

Talk to Lucky8 on the phone, I'm sure they'd be happy to help you out.

I don't believe the block would have issue if temp just started rising, I've driven with temp pegged for 20 minutes, head gasket blew but nothing else happened. Long story don't ask. I like looking at the road
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That is a possibility but I also have 3 other vehicles in my fleet that need to be ready for moving in 6 months. Today I have a new waterpump coming in and a new electric fan on the way.
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