As above, with a few notes:
- You will probably need to speak French with the dealership in Casablanca from my experience. Can anybody provide a name there who speaks English?
_ 'Sahara Overland' has a large list of mechanical parts translated into French in the back.
- Stating what 110 engine you have helps us answer your questions easier ;-)
- As you get in Western Sahara things get very difficult - nobody will send you parts as it is a disputed area. All the landies there are Santana's of Series vintage and nobody really has Defender parts.
- It's hard work sorting out the pricing. Many mechanics will try to charge you European pricing. Remember, new parts are something like 120% of the costs of parts in Europe (very rough guide - can be more).
- Labour is cheap, parts expensive. School teachers & policemen get something like 50-100 dirham per day. If a hole in the wall mechanic is trying to charge you 1500 for labour then there is some room for bargaining in a polite but firm manner. The more you say that you have no time and must get on the more you will pay as well ;-)
- All towns have a mechanical ombudsmen. Any dispute about price and ask to see him or go and find him.
- If you get stuck in or near Marrakech, then try this guy. Very honest and used by most of the well to do in Marrakech (I was introduced by a guy who did the Camel Trophy for Morocco etc)
At some point soon I'll stick together a page on my site listing things like this for Morocco and invite you all to contribute your experiences if that sounds like a good idea?
Knowing roughly how much an oil change or a new tyre costs helps lessen the worry on a trip...
Author of "Morocco: The Desert Pistes" a video documentary exploring 10 of the best pistes in southern Morocco.
Available online at www.roamingyak.org