my MP has been repaired 4 times now, demanding a replacement, what should I ask for?


macrumors regular
Original poster
Nov 1, 2006
Hey guys,

I'll try to keep this as brief as I can. My 08 MP has been repaired 3 times (it's gone off for it's fourth today). So far it's had:

1. Superdrive replaced
2. Front section of logic board replaced
3. Graphics card replaced (problem is still persisting hence returning for 4th repair FYI it's the problem some people on here are having about waking from sleep)

To make matters worse, I've had to have my MBP fixed twice too!

All I want is a computer that works, to date I've lost nearly the amount of the computer in productivity!

After stamping my feet a bit, Applecare has pretty much agreed to replace my machine. I have a 2.8 octo, I upgraded to a 8800GT at the time, along with the bluetooth and wireless cards.

So my question is my can I reasonably expect from Apple? Can they give me a 4 core machine because mine is older or can I ask for at least an octo? Also has anyone ever gotten anything off Apple as a good will or compensation gesture? (It would really make my day getting a free magic trackpad but I don't want to seem like a freeloader)

Any advice would be appreciated!



macrumors 604
Jun 27, 2006
Seattle, WA
They'll give you what is equivalent in the current model. So if you get the base model you'll get the new base model, if you get the midrange, you'll get the new midrange, etc.


macrumors 68020
Apr 16, 2008
Phoenix, AZ
But also don't go in expecting a replacement, though you can certainly (and politely) demand one using logical reasoning.

Keep in mind though that federal lemon law (certain states may have their own bylaws regarding this) states that a product has to be repaired more than 3 times for the same problem for said product to be deemed a lemon, warranting replacement with a model of equivalent performance. Your Mac Pro has been repaired for three different problems, so Apple still may want to repair it again.

But it has also been my experience that Apple does try really hard to retain its customers, so they might oblige in replacing your unit. Just don't go in fully expecting it to actually happen.

Spanky Deluxe

macrumors 601
Mar 17, 2005
London, UK
You should at least get an Octo. To be honest, I'd be pushing for the 2.66GHz model since in a lot of apps your 2.8GHz would outperform the 2.26GHz Nehalem model.


macrumors 68000
Jul 7, 2007
The hood
They have a lemon policy which helped me get a Mac pro of base model at the time.
I think the problems have to be 4/5 repairs for the same reason. I think I repaired mine about 4 times and was offered an exchange. But I also did happen to do some complaining due to poor customer service with an angry letter to the big man.


macrumors G4
May 6, 2008
You should at least get an Octo. To be honest, I'd be pushing for the 2.66GHz model since in a lot of apps your 2.8GHz would outperform the 2.26GHz Nehalem model.
This argument has been used successfully in the past, but more recent occurrences have been reduced to 2.26GHz models though (base for a base unit). I'd still try it though. :D
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