I actually purchased a used great condition VPL-VW60 for a slightly lower price about one year ago. I have to say it is a great projector. This was also my first projector. Bright scenes are incredible. In comparison to the original Epson 1080u, the picture is more film like. The colors are very nice with minor adjustments. Some have noted that the PJ is not very bright. I have a light controlled room on a 92 inch screen, so I have not had any problems. I use a light dimmer in my basement and can comfortably watch sports with plenty of ambient light.
Darker scenes do have the problems with pixelated artifacts. I do believe it is source dependent. Certain movies do great with dark scenes. However others the bluish pixels are much more noticeable. As you can see in the vpl-vw60 tweaker thread, individuals have devoted years and thousands of posts to the issue. For some, a professional calibration has cleared up the issue. For others, the issue continues to frustrate. This issue goes to a deeper personal level for some. I think if you spend your time waiting for the bluish pixels to arrive and focusing intently, you will not be happy. If you just sit and enjoy your movie, you will be thrilled.
Despite what others say, I have always been impressed at the build quality of Sony's higher end gear. The PJ is very solid. I purchased a new bulb with my projector and the internals are very nice and easy to work with. I do recommend skipping bargain basement bulb components. There is a difference with genuine Sony bulbs in terms of hours of life and possibly brightness/PQ.
After a year with my PJ, I am not seriously considering a move to a newer Epson or JVC. Having paid ~1200 for mine used, I am not willing to spend another $4K to get rid of the dark pixels. OTOH, a similar deal on the 85 next year would be compelling.