So I started experiencing problems w/ my '07 2.4 Gig MBP last week. It got to the point that it wouldn't even boot off an external. So I took it to the Apple Store and they sent it off to the repair center. I just got a call from the repair center -- they said that I have 2 issues. One is that my video card is screwed (known issue -- would've been fixed for free even w/o applecare). The OTHER issue is one that, in their opinion, is due to 'excessive dust,' and requires that they replace the logic board, etc. And they said that would involve 'some cost.' When I asked how much... $960!!!! I asked them what exactly I could've POSSIBLY done in order to avoid this, how I could've CAUSED this, and how this is not covered under applecare. The response? "Well, it's not covered b/c we think the computer's failure was due to 'external factors.' As for how you could avoid this in the future -- you should try to avoid excessively dusty environments." At this point, I went ballistic. Mind you, I've NEVER left the house w/ this computer. Not once. I don't work on construction sites. I'm not a desert dweller. Hell, I have a maid who comes 3 times a week to clean. And I have a 2001 Sunflower Imac, a 2001 ibook, a 2003 Powerbook, 3 Mac Mini's, a Mac Pro, and about $50,000 worth of home theater electronics that all work flawlessly, and have never had problems. I've had it w/ Applecare. Prior to this point, I have had Applecare w/ all of my Macs, and, up to and until the last time I needed to use it (about 4 yrs ago), I had never had any problems whatsoever w/ their service. But this experience, in concert w/ those of friends who have had similar problems w/ Applecare the last couple of years, has soured me permanently on Applecare. It seems to have morphed from something that was put in place for the purpose of customer service and retention into an upfront charge that has no utility for the customer, and is purely a profit measure. Apologies for the rant. I'm just incensed.