I can't confirm that the $140 is the correct flat fee or not, only that I decided to send my E85H to Elgin doubleboxed, with a lengthy letter inside describing my problem with the deck, and a check in that amount, and I did this all without any prior authorization.
I shipped via FedEX ground on June 1st, confirmed via tracking that it arrived on June 3rd. Lo and behold, the unit was repaired and shipped back to me and received on June 9th. Frankly, no matter how incidental my repairs were, this service was superb. The deck came back in a single box, with foam reinforcement and large air bubble protection.
I knew from reading this forum and by the symptoms I had, that the unit's problem was probably limited to bad capacitors. And I must say, despite reading all the great descriptions of how to fix this myself, it still seemed daunting for someone without any electrical experience. Plus, I had half an HD full of material I didn't want to lose, a DVD-RAM stuck inside (I began to off-load things when the start-ups got a little squirrely) but didn't make it before the dreaded "PLEASE WAIT" was frozen in place.
Now I realize it cost me an arm and a leg to get this done, and I surely overpaid for the work accomplished, but the peace of mind was worth it in the end. And I know I probably have lousy Panasonic replacement capacitors (Part No. F2A1C6810023 for those who may want to know), but the thing is back to working great, and nothing on my hard drive was lost. So I'll just have to live with being on borrowed time again (but don't we all live that way?)
I told DigaDo that I felt like a wimp for having Panasonic do these ultra-basic repairs, but I really don't have a tech I'm comfortable enough with in my area to risk the suspected fix, and, well, I just wanted to assure anyone else in my predicament that you can still get Panasonic to do basic repairs on these great decks and don't toss yours in the trash unless it really has something seriously wrong with it. I've never worked with a better recorder, and I've tried a lot.