Should I buy a used 2011 15" MBP?

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  1. andrewshowie macrumors newbie

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    I'm looking at the 2.3GHz i7 model on craigslist. Due to a minor screen crack, I was able to talk the seller down to $460. It has a high cycle count of 560 and the seller claims it has never been repaired or given him issues. The RAM is 8GB and the drive has been upgraded to a 1.5TB SSHD.

    I've heard about the problems with these particular models. Is this too much of a risk or should I go for it?
     
  2. squarebreathing macrumors member

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    I think $460 is a bit of a gamble for this system. However the 1.5TB SSD is worth about $300!

    1. Most of the system is close to 5 years old which is very old for a laptop for any manufacturer. While Apple Laptops do have a very good reputation for lasting for a very long time, a 5 year old laptop is still very old.

    2. 560 is not a terribly high cycle count for a 5 year old computer, but you won't be able to replace the battery when it eventually needs service.

    3. It has a screen crack which could have been a one-off slip or a product of not being handled with enough care.

    4. The Ram is fine. A 1.5TB Solid State drive is a huge upgrade and itself it worth at least $300.

    Because of the solid state drive, even if the computer fails - you still have a 1.5TB Solid State drive that is worth around $300 that you could sell or install on a new computer. This is the only reason t
     
  3. andrewshowie thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry--as a correction, it's a fusion drive--not an SSD--so a little less of a value. The thing I like is the fact that it has the i7 configuration but the issues you bring up worry me. Should I not be as worried about the history of this SKU considering it is still running 5 years later? Would $600 for a late 2012 base 13" retina (also on the table) be a better value?
     
  4. MacInTO macrumors 6502a

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    I wouldn't buy a 2011 15" MBP for any price. I consider it a risk because the video card could fail.

    Search MR or google, 'Radeongate'.
     
  5. andrewshowie thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for your comment!
    I have a related question: is Apple still repairing these things? Is there an endpoint to this? I know they won't if the screen is cracked, but just out of curiosity.


    Also, squarebreathing: why wouldn't I be able to replace the battery?
     
  6. MacInTO macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, it's the end of 2016. If there is another issue that could have caused the problem then they still might deny the repair. A cracked screen is the example they present on the page with the info. Another could be liquid damage.

    https://www.apple.com/ca/support/macbookpro-videoissues/

    The machine is going for cheap for a reason.

    ps. You can totally replace the battery in this machine yourself in under ten minutes.
     
  7. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

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    How are you not able to replace the battery?
     
  8. squarebreathing macrumors member

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    You CAN replace the battery, it just isn't super easy and things can go wrong. These machines are not created to allow for easy replacement of any parts. It's debatable whether or not to replace batteries on any macbook pro made after 2009. That's beside the point though - the fact it's a fusion drive makes this a pretty bad buy.

    I would not buy this.
     
  9. Fancuku macrumors 6502a

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    OP, you are a brave man for considering a 2011 with the AMD graphics.
    I'd forget the 2011 model and look at 2012 and newer.
     
  10. duervo macrumors 68000

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    The battery is simple to replace. Apple just moved it from an externally accessible battery, to one that requires you to take the bottom cover off to replace.

    The 2012 Retina and newer models are the ones that are a huge pain to replace, because those batteries are actually glued in, rather than just using some small screws.
     
  11. andrewshowie thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Alright everyone--thanks for your advice. I decided to go ahead and pass on this one. It seems like more risk than it's worth.
     
  12. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    To be honest if you want a non retina 15 inch the only one worth buying is the 2012, after that the retina are best late 2013 onwards.
     

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