What to do with a lemon MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mathieuplante, May 19, 2013.

  1. mathieuplante macrumors member

    May 2, 2010
    I purchased a MacBook Pro 15 inch mid-2010 (2,4 GHz Intel Core i5, 4 Go 1067 MHz DDR3) soon after its release. I had a few battery-related problems a few months after I purchased it, so the Apple Store changed the entire motherboard under Apple Care. Fast forward to the present and now I have multiple problems with my Mac:

    • USB ports and SD card slot don't work
    • Bluetooth signal is very weak, bluetooth mice don't work
    • Battery won't keep a charge and lasts about an hour

    I'm thinking it's the motherboard again. What do you suggest that I do? If I go to an Apple Store, will they change the motherboard again under Apple Care? It's a custom machine with a high resolution matte screen. Would they offer to switch the computer with a brand new one? I'm looking to sell this computer, but I know I can't sell it in this sorry state. I live about 2 hours away from the nearest Apple Store, so I would like to know what to expect. Thanks for your help.
  2. johnnnw macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2013
    I doubt they will switch it for a new one.

    What month did you buy it in 2010?

    If its still under apple care of course they will fix it.

    If not they will give you a quote.
  3. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    Why not try a call to the Apple Store. Likely they could tell you what to expect.:)
  4. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    This is sage advice.

    Apple cares & I've found that rarely do they fail to do the right thing. Give them a chance before declaring it a lemon.
  5. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
  6. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
  7. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    AppleCare got you covered until it expired then sell your MBP. :apple:
  8. mathieuplante thread starter macrumors member

    May 2, 2010
    I called Apple Care and it just ran out at the beginning of the month. That's what happens when you're not careful, I guess. I just put it up for sale on Kijiji, I don't know how much I can get for it though. I think the battery is the only big problem and that's easy enough to get fixed, right? The USB ports work most of the time, and I barely ever use the SD slot.

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