As I suspected, no luck talking to Epson. While I can't blame them for not helping with an out of warranty projector, I can blame them for making a projector that didn't even out last its first bulb, and not having a single service center in a city the size of Austin. To add insult to injury, he offered to enroll me in an Epson loyalty program. I can't see myself ever buying another Epson product after this experience. I expected to get at least 5 years out of it considering that it only gets about 2-3 hours of use a day.
My only options are to either send it to Dallas, or sell it as-is and buy another brand. I doubt it's worth getting it looked at because either the green panel, or one of the polarizers is going bad. I'm either looking at a whole new light engine ($$$$), or a lot of labor and questionable quality if someone tries to fix the original light engine. It's probably not worth it since I have to assume it will only last another 2500 hours.
The Benq 1070 won't cut it with only a 10,000:1 contrast ratio. I don't want to take a large step down from the 200,000:1 of the Epson. I'm also not a fan of the DLP color wheel rainbows.
Does Sharp make anything good these days?