In the first link one person mentions that he has a LG DVD/HDD problem but others tell him it’s most likely a media problem.
The person in the second link gets the same answer.
In the third link a poster mentions he swapped the LG for a Sony and had the same problem with the Sony.
In the fourth post a poster stated that he bought a dead recorder and explains how to change the drive – this isn’t even a negative post but help-post for replacing LG drives.
So you found 3 English language posts that could be LG DVD/HDD problem related but most likely are media related out of tens of thousands of positive posts.
I didn’t know you’re referring to a handful of posts from literally thousands of positive reviews. I thought perhaps there was a mass amount of European editorials outlining problems accumulated from a large group of users. Sorry but I don’t think anyone should be convinced with your handful of negative out of 100,000 positive forum posts. I didn’t even bother with the 2 none-English posts – come on.
OK watch this:
The world says stay away from Panasonic recorders.
Issue with Panasonic DVD-Recorder DMR-EH55
Panasonic DMR-E80H Error messages
Dead Panasonic ES10--Anyone repaired theirs?
Panasonic DMR ES35V DVD NoRead repair
Is a U61 Error with Panasonic DVD Recorder Fixable
That took less than one-minute of googling. I could find the same with Pioneer, Sony, Toshiba and Funai recorders. Again 3 problematic recorders (which could be due to bad media) out of tens of thousands of working recorders does not mean that the world is saying to stay away from a certain brand. I honestly thought that you're implying there is a large amount of legitimate European editorials outlining problems with LG DVD/HDD units.