Some people are rabid fans of Land-Rover Defenders, while others view them increasingly as (to coin the phrase) third-wife cars. Regardless, most would probably agree that owning many of the older ones is like living under the sword of Damocles. (This is one reasons the easiest and least expensive part is the initial purchase.) The issue is not just reliability (insert Jaguar reference here), but actual structural integrity. There are seemingly more things that can go wrong than animals that can kill you in the Australian Outback.
However, for people who love their Land-Rovers (and there are many), the best place along the East Coast, and perhaps all of the United States, to upgrade them into paragons of safety and reliability, while respecting their aesthetic integrity, is East Coast Rover in Rockland, Maine.
East Coast Rover has become the Mecca for Land-Rover Defenders. Rovers may travel thousands of miles to get repaired. The number of Rovers that migrate, either on their own power or via carrier transport, from Nantucket (island living, with the salt-laden breezes, may be one of Dante's circles for vehicles) to Rockland for upgrades or winter storage is more than most shops see in decades.
When we visited we were shown a vehicle that just arrived from the Big Island (Hawaiʻi, not Martha's Vineyard). The diagnosis of ailments (what does that small spot of rust on the door indicate?) would impress an ambitious Mount Sinai surgeon.
Some rebuilds (in fact, entire conversions) of a car can take more time than building a house, and probably require more stainless steel. But for some Rover owners, nothing else will do.
|Now in Rockland, the old Defenders waiting for repair were always a familiar site in East Coast Rover's former location along the side of (Route) 90 coming out of Camden.|
|This Land Rover will be better than new. Much better.|