Should I pay out the nose to have my Mitsubishi HD projector fixed by these bastards, or suck it up and buy a new one?
About 9 months after warranty expires, my Mitsubishi HC1600 720p DLP Home Theater Projector
starts making a weird noise from the inside, like a fan humming really loud. But it turns out its not a fan, its the color wheel.
So I pack the thing up and pay to ship it to Mitsubishi, after finding out that it is out of warranty. The service center comes back, tells me the new color wheel will be $236 for the part, and with labor, shipping, and taxes it comes to $400 bucks to have the damn thing fixed.
I paid $785 for the thing new, and, stupidly, bought an additional bulb at the time as I live overseas, so that's another $340 I invested into this thing (haven't used the replacement bulb yet).
So the question is - do I invest another $400 in an $785 projector and hope for the best with all 3-year-old parts and a new color wheel, and a replacement bulb ready to go whenever the bulb fails, or do I start searching the market for a new projector (in the same price range, but definitely with a better warranty this time)?
I'm kind of pissed at Mitsubishi for putting me over the barrel like this and as such leaning towards the latter, but it feels kind of financially irresponsible. I should also note that going this route forces me to pay another $60 to Mitsubishi for the evaluation. The bastards.
I'm interested in hearing about any experiences with servicing Mitsubishi projectors or ~3 year old projectors in general, and experiences with said tech post-servicing.
Cut and run, or stick with the initial investment and hope for the best?