2011 MBP Repair Advice

appleuser2262

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So I took my late 2011 (purchased in Jan 2012) 15" Macbook Pro into an Apple store last week, the graphics card/logic board needs to be replaced. Which is apparently a prevalent problem, so even thought my applecare was up already they have an extended warranty for the issue. The problem however, is that when he took the back off there was a tiny bit of water, no idea how it got there and it looked like one small drop or two, but it voids that extended warranty and repairs were quoted at almost $1,000.

So I'm just looking for a bit of advice on what to do next. I see my options as: 1) Suck it up and get it repaired for that price, 2) Take it to an approved 3rd party that can repair macs to see if it's any cheaper, 3) Buy a new computer, or 4) Mac depot repairs? I'm not sure if that would be applicable to this situation but I stubbled across some references to it.

Appreciate any input you're able to give.
 

yjchua95

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So I took my late 2011 (purchased in Jan 2012) 15" Macbook Pro into an Apple store last week, the graphics card/logic board needs to be replaced. Which is apparently a prevalent problem, so even thought my applecare was up already they have an extended warranty for the issue. The problem however, is that when he took the back off there was a tiny bit of water, no idea how it got there and it looked like one small drop or two, but it voids that extended warranty and repairs were quoted at almost $1,000.

So I'm just looking for a bit of advice on what to do next. I see my options as: 1) Suck it up and get it repaired for that price, 2) Take it to an approved 3rd party that can repair macs to see if it's any cheaper, 3) Buy a new computer, or 4) Mac depot repairs? I'm not sure if that would be applicable to this situation but I stubbled across some references to it.

Appreciate any input you're able to give.
Take it to a third party for a reball and re-paste the thermal paste.
 

Samuelsan2001

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Oct 24, 2013
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So I took my late 2011 (purchased in Jan 2012) 15" Macbook Pro into an Apple store last week, the graphics card/logic board needs to be replaced. Which is apparently a prevalent problem, so even thought my applecare was up already they have an extended warranty for the issue. The problem however, is that when he took the back off there was a tiny bit of water, no idea how it got there and it looked like one small drop or two, but it voids that extended warranty and repairs were quoted at almost $1,000.

So I'm just looking for a bit of advice on what to do next. I see my options as: 1) Suck it up and get it repaired for that price, 2) Take it to an approved 3rd party that can repair macs to see if it's any cheaper, 3) Buy a new computer, or 4) Mac depot repairs? I'm not sure if that would be applicable to this situation but I stubbled across some references to it.

Appreciate any input you're able to give.
Take it to a repair shop and get it reballed shouldn't cost you too much.

To be honest though there seems to be no permanent fix for this issue it could happen again within months.....

I would say whatever you do don't pay $1000 dollars for it, thats almost the price you can get a late 2013 retina one for.

If it was me I'd go for new computer.
 

boomhower

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Oct 21, 2011
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Either get it repaired 3rd party or sell it as damaged and buy a new one. I would not put big money into it as it can fail again at any time.
 
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