MacBook Pro Damage IS IT Repairable?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dakotagts, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. dakotagts macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2009
    I am trying to determine exactly what parts and possiblity of repairing a Macbook Pro without having Mac do so. They have noted the following.

    "Purchased Mac Book Pro on August 6,2009 online

    3:27:44pm on 9/21/2009, Corrosion from liquid damage found on main logic board. Cost to repair is $1397.30 for repair of all
    affected components.
    10:29:44am on 9/25/2009, Apple cannot repair product due to chemical contamination. They are returning it in its original state."

    Does this mean the battery and mother board are damaged? Also we are searching for a value of the unit as is. Are there any Salvage people that buy Macbooks?

  2. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    Almost anything is repairable. It really comes down to cost and whether or not it's worth to do so. In your case, it's not. With that price, you could get a new computer.
  3. dakotagts thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2009
    Thanks for the reply.

    This is the new 2.66ghz, 4gig ram, 320 gig harddrive. I am thinking it is around $1900 new.

    I have taken it to a local comp repair shop and have them detailing exactly what parts need replacement. I am hoping to get a better answer than "not repairable" like Mac said...

    Problem possibly solved.

    The only other thing would be if anyone buys damaged Macbooks?
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    It is not irreparable, it is that Apple won't repair it without your authorization and most people will not bother to repair a machine when the cost to repair is more than 50% of the original cost.

    Ergo, they're returning it in the original state.
  5. Kwill macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2003
    Sorry for your loss. Something like this is only useful for someone with a lot of spare parts to tinker with in his spare time. If he happens to get it work with what he has lying around, he'll be happy.

    Liquid travels to unexpected places. A drop of liquid may short out the motherboard but larger amounts can damage video and many other components. There are too many small components inside to say for sure. The first thing a shop would attempt to do is to get the machine to boot. Perhaps replacing the motherboard may do the trick or this may just be the start. What would you do if you spent $1400 and it still didn't boot? When Apple gives a quote this high, not only is it the minimum fee, it is their way of saying you'd be better off replacing it. There are refurbished MBP on the Apple website right now with warranties for less money.

    Read your homeowner's policy. If it's covered you can show the repair estimate and file a claim. In the future consider warranty protection. They have an optional rider for accidental damage.

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