Would you consider my macbook pro a lemon?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by drvelocity, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. drvelocity macrumors member

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    I've got a 2009 macbook pro 17" with applecare that has in it's first year has had the following issues/repairs. My question is if you were in my position, would you be asking for a lemon replacement at this point?

    1. When I got it new in box, there was a nice two inch scratch right in the middle of the left palm rest. (Yes, I should have taken it back then but I needed to use it right away and I had it shipped to Taiwan where an exchange would have been impossible).

    2. Garbled video, swapped out a new LCD and mainboard.

    3. Battery failure, swapped for a new one.

    4. Trackpad failure - twice. Both times swapped for a new one. Both times it was the same problem, a normal click didn't register until you pushed down even harder (way past the original click).

    5. The displayport output flickers now when I use the 9400m video card, but not with the 9600m. Haven't had this repaired yet.

    6. The LCD flickers at low brightness settings when I type. This is extremely annoying and 100% reproducible. Also not yet repaired.

    Of course it needs to be said that Apple has been great about all of these repairs, with the exception of number 1 of course which I haven't even told them about as I have no way to prove it origially came like that. And I have used tons of Apple products over the years, most of them have been very reliable. But this is ridiculous no?
     
  2. tersono macrumors 68000

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    Yup - a lemon.

    I'd insist on a replacement in your position - I went through something similar with a 2007 MBP and got a new machine from them after a short while. They were pretty good about it actually.
     
  3. aimbdd macrumors 6502a

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    yepp.. that flicker is actually pretty common, you might not be able to get it fixed. Some of the replacements flicker too. Ask for a new computer.
     

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