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A HDD DVDR is a real nice way to go but even for a refurb Magnavox they're going to be ~$200. A basic Magnavox line input DVDR will be ~$100.
Your not going to fine anything with similar build quality and features like your Pioneer anymore, HDD less DVDRs are quite basic. For occasional recording of your DVR the basic line input recorder should work fine. If you like to get more than 2hrs on a DVD but still want decent quality, look for ones with 2 1/2 and 3hr speeds, the ones that jump from 2 to 4hrs don't give you much flexibility.
You could also keep an eye out on Craigslist.org. I occasionally see working HDD less Pios advertised for $25-40, of course you don't know how much longer they will last but that is an option.