Hey, I posted this thread about a month ago: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=259968 well my HD failed a little over than a month after the last failure so I called Apple up and they replaced my 1GHz ibook G4 with a black macbook!! I'm so excited. Apparently I could have asked for it last summer when I had 3 major hardware replacements on one repair (there were also other parts replaced that I didnt list on my last post apparently) but i thought it had to be turned in 3 times, not by the part. I should be getting it in a week or so, as soon as they get my ibook in first. the best part is that I only had the mid range ibook (early 2004) and they went ahead and gave me the best macbook. this so makes up for all the repairs I've had. So the moral of the story is, buy your AppleCare! It was sooo worth it. I'll be buying applecare asap on my new macbook.