Bad Caps and Samsung
Has anyone been to BadCaps.org? I had a engine control module fail on a Mitsubishi Diamante several years ago. In doing some research, I found the above site and it appears that capacitors all over the electronics world have problems. One of the caps in my module failed and corroded a hole in the board and it could not be repaired. I junked the car (it was not worth $1200) for a new computer. Capacitor failure is quite common in hi-fi gear, as well as appliances, and a lot of other kinds of consumer electronics.
Anyway, back to Samsung. My 11 year old Samsung DLP finally failed. Probably has 8000-9000 hours on it. While it might be the lamp (original), and I could replace it, the DVI (no HDMI) board is problematic and the signal cuts out. Those boards are no longer available. I paid about $3800 for this (HLN series, 50 inch)
I think you can pick any brand of appliance, refrigerator, oven (the control board in our Dacor oven is bad--I have to get that repaired, as they are no longer made for my model--only 6 years old!), microwave, washing machine, etc., and go to any bulletin board, and find lots of complaints, product failures, customer service issues, on ANY brand. When I bought my Samsung, there were tons of customer problems, high failure rates, really bad customer service, some people replacing their units 2 or 3 times. I bought it anyway and after 11 years, I am pretty happy with the brand. Would I buy Samsung again, probably. I'd get an extended warranty, and figure I would replace the set in 5 years or so. Would I buy a Dacor oven again? Probably not. Very expensive for what they are (wife insisted on the brand).