Should I get the Applecare on my iMAc G5 Rev.A?

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  1. Cheese macrumors 6502

    Cheese

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    There it is. My iMac G5 Rev. A is almost ready for it's first birthday (the day I started using it...). I am seeking advice as to whether or not I should get Applecare at $169.00 since I think I read that Apple is extending the Rev. A warranty due to some potentially faulty capacitors. Should I take my chances, or is Applecare t he way to go...
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  2. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    I'd say get the Applecare. However, if you're in the U.S. you might look for it cheaper somewhere else. Unless it expires before you'd think you'd receive it, if ordering someone else.

    Smalldog.com has it for $149.

    I recommend it because you never know what may happen. If you'd be comfortable buying an entirely new machine, if something went wrong, then I guess you wouldn't need it. However, if you'd prefer $150 to positively keep it running 2 more years, then that is the way to go.
     
  3. lasuther macrumors 6502a

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    My understanding is that Apple provides 1 year warranty. Applecare extends it, so you have until your 1 year warranty is up. I recommend waiting until it is up and then buying it if you feel you need it.

    lasuther
     
  4. Xenious macrumors 6502a

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    My wife's warranty is about up as well. So far in its first year of life her rev A iMac G5 has seen two hard drives die and a logic board replacement (due to the "bad capacitor" issue). I am definately ordering one in the next two weeks before the 1yr warranty period is up.
     
  5. ortuno2k macrumors 6502a

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    It would be foolish not to get Applecare at all, especially priced at only $169.99.
    Have you taken a look at how much retailers charge you to "diagnose" your computer? Try CompUSA. $150.00 flat fee + parts + labor.
    What about Apple directly?
    You surely hope your machine doesn't break, but you'll be glad you had Applecare if it ever does.
    It's like car insurance, medical & home insurance. You hate paying for it but you're glad if you ever have to use it.
    I bought Applecare with my iMac, so I'd recommend getting it.
     
  6. PharmD macrumors 6502

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    If a PPC iMac dies in a year or two, and Apple had to replace it completely, would they give you an Intel one? Do they keep spares around?
     
  7. rdowns Suspended

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    If your 1 year warranty expires, you can not buy AppleCare. Check with Apple as to your computer's warranty start date, it is rarely the date you first used it due to shipping times.
     

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