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My wife and I are going to be retiring to Tennessee next year. We currently live near Chicago where there are numerous LR dealerships that can service our '08 LR3. We love the car. It only has 65k on it and is in perfect condition both mechanically and physically.
It looks like eastern TN only has one Rover dealership which is located in Knoxville. I'm worried that servicing/repairing the car will become a burden with a trip to the service bay possibly requiring a several hour tow.
Am I worrying to much about nothing and that I should have no problem finding local shops with mechanics who are qualified to work on Rovers? Anyone from eastern Tennessee with first hand experience maintaining an older Rover?
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Bear Down!!! :)
I know that exact Knoxville LR dealership. My father-in-law lived near there. That area has some great trails around northern Georgia border.
I can't help you on other Knoxville indy Land Rover shops. There are quite a few LR specific garages in the Atlanta area but that's a 3 hour drive south on I75.
 

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There are a bunch of indie Rover shops around Knoxville and Chattanooga. Rovers are bigger in the South East than most folks imagine. You won't have trouble finding a good LR shop.
 

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Following. Long time East Tennesseean, but first time land rover owner and never have been under a hood. Talk about a learning curve.
Has the OP found the dealer off of I75? It is on Parkside Drive, FYI
 

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Landrover Chattanooga and Landrover Knoxville are owned by the same group. My experience with LR Chattanooga has not been good but I was there when it was built and it's changed from the old school LR dealership that actually hosted off road trips to a mega store that sells Porsche, LR, Jaguar, and whatever else. You're just a number. I don't even order parts through them, I use LR Merriam Parts on line. I do 99% of my own work on my LR3 and am looking at the new Defender when it's on the lots but will probably buy in ATL becuase I've heard better things about LR Buckhead.
 

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Thank you. Sad when good places turn to just being about the dollar. Im jealous you can even entertain the idea of the new defender. I would have to win the lottery! Lol
 

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2008 - older rover lol. Try owning a pre 2000 and finding someone besides the dealer that knows the intricacies.

If you're retired .. you will have time to learn and can work on it yourself:)

The best thing to do is scour the forums and ask questions. If you can learn to fix the little things then you only need to tow it to the dealer (or an independent) for major repairs. I had the local LR dealer quote me over 3 grand for a fix .... I did it myself for $100 in used parts off E-bay reading these forums and asking questions.

I've read LR3's are more reliable than their predecessors.... So if you practice preventative maintinance you should not have to worry as much as the earlier models.
 

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Thanks for the Info and suggestions. I’ve been reading a lot here on the forum and always appreciate the amount of knowledge that is available.
 
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