I sure hope so. After all, I spent the money because I'd rather have the Pal.
No evidence it had been opened before. All those #!%#$ clips that make the Pal so hard to open were still intact. My guess is that the metal filings were always there but never caused a problem until the Pal got jostled around a bit too much during shipping. Ironically, as far as I can tell, his original HDD and mine both work fine.
DST problems usually start exactly one month before the actual DST transition; this year, Oct. 2. There are a lot of stations with buggy PSIP encoders which incorrectly report the date of the DST transition as the "2nd" starting on that date, which fools a lot of receivers, including our Pals, into thinking DST occurs Oct. 2 instead of Nov. 2 when it actually occurs.
A couple of years ago I had a local station respond to my complaint and they forwarded it to their hardware vendor. That vendor was certain that their hardware was perfect and the problem was in the receivers. But I did submit a request to the people who write the ATSC standards and they did modify it from the very unclear version. It still isn't quite as clear as I would like but it is an improvement.
One tiny problem with that is that the FCC regulations require compliance to a version of that document that is now two revisions out of date.