Originally Posted by Yagisama
That's one of the first things I checked and unfortunately my HSBC Mastercard does not give any warranty extensions. I was really hoping that I had used my AmEx.
It's pretty darned inexcusable for a company like Panasonic, which clearly has a reputation for design flaws with their plasma sets, to refuse any sort of even partial warranty coverage just a month out. If I were you, I would get on the phone with Panasonic and get as high as you can up the management food chain, saying that you will contact your state attorney general's office about the matter. Once they know that you know the right legal channel, and that they are not in a good position to argue, it's a fair bet that they will extend your coverage.
After going through the service manual for the S series, it looks like, since after my PZ series, whoever is writing the service manuals has decided to have the schematics carry absolutely nothing but component position reference numbers, for which you have to go many pages down to the parts list to find out what the number/value/voltage of any part is. So, without seeing a set in person, it's too darn had for me to see if these later sets have any of the same disastrously over-miniaturised chip capacitors or other stupid part choices. I suspect, though, that the power supply boards on these sets do have the same sorts of unreliable chip caps, causing instabilities that are blowing other components on other boards.