Last fall I was given John's DVR repair as another option to repair one of failing tuners in my UTV. I contacted John and was quoted a fair price but held tight due my wife's frustration with the unit. Things have quieted down and am ready to have it repaired. I sent a follow up email to John and haven't heard back. Anyone on the forum in contact with John? I did notice in his return email he had both a Yahoo and a BlueMarble ISP account. I only sent a follow up to the Yahoo.
Here is John's email he sent back to me on Oct 13,2008 regarding cost:
I do not stock drives. First I make sure I can repair the tuner (almost always), then I upgrade the drive. Repair $50 plus parts (less then $5 per tuner) and shipping both ways (you pay for all shipping). Drives are $125 for a 80G (aprox. 70 hours) or $150 for a 160G (aprox. 110 hours). Turn around time is aprox. 2 weeks.
Sounds about right. My work has a UPS shipping station, so I can ship at cost. I was guessing it at $15, but the return trip home might be more (hmm, maybe I pre-pay pre-print the return trip too "?"). I still have the original UTV box and foam inserts for shipping.
Having not heard back yet from John, this might be moot.
Based on the original e-mail you posted on 2-11-09 John's turn around is about 2 weeks... So if you had contacted him and sent him your UTV for repairs and he'd been able to get to it, you'd probably get it back around now or a week or so.
Just be sure to get your UTV insured/tracked/verified received, etc. and some "firm" repair date when John is able to get to it. $100 isn't bad round trip, if he does good work.