Originally Posted by swonuke4
OK, so I'm convinced the Pannys are the best DVD Recorders for what I use them for (recording shows off cable, watching DVDs). Here is my dilemma. I have a DMR-EZ37V which just started showing error code F60. Called the support line and I have to send it in. It is only 1.5 years old.
VHS and DVD, though I only have a few VHS left as I am replacing with DVDs.
So, do I pay the $130 to get it fixed, or just buy a new DVD only recorder for $250? I am concerned that if I get it fixed it might just break again.
Also, my clock drifts about 30 secs a day. Is there anything I can do about that?
To correct a drifting clock just reset it every few days.
F60 indicates that the “DVD module has not been started. Defect of Digital P.C.B.”
The replacement parts are very expensive if purchased through Panasonic's National Parts Center. The DMR-EZ37V Digital P.C.B. is part RFKB79142C/CP DIGITAL PC BOARD priced at $325.64. The DVD Drive is part VXY1961 DVD DRIVE UNIT priced at $355.58.
That makes the $130 flat-rate repair a bargain. Your DMR-EZ37V should be promptly and efficiently returned to new functional condition. While the Panasonic experts at Elk Grove Village are first rate, there is no way to tell if your machine might have other problems a month later.
An attractive alternative is a 2008 model DMR-EZ48V or DMR-EZ485V “Refurbished By Panasonic” with a “Panasonic Refurbished Product Warranty” offered online (mainly at eBay) by an “Authorized Panasonic Dealers/Reseller” priced around $150 including shipping. Extended warranties through Square Trade are usually offered through those sellers.
A more attractive $250 alternative is the more flexible and reliable Magnavox H2160MW8 HDD/DVD recorder (just now back in stock) at walmart.com. Just attach a VCR to the Magnavox, record your videotaped recordings to the hard drive, edit the video if you like, and high-speed dub to DVD. See Wajo's sticky thread for more information.
I own several Panasonic ES and EZ series recorders as well as Philips and Magnavox HDD/DVD recorders.