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Panasonic DVD Recorders: Cost of Repairing?

post #1 of 25
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I recently sent in a Panasonic EZ475V to Panasonic's McAllen Repair Center. I had called Panasonic, asked for "repairs", and got a recording. All the recording gave wasnthe McAllen address-- no mention of cost. I had read here awhile back that a repaired or refurbished one would be $125, which was fine.

A week after sending it in, I got a call from McAllen saying it would cost $255, and that $45 was already non-refundable due to diagnostic testing. This isn't fine, since I used to pay $250 or less for brand new ones! I'd prefer to just buy a new one, but obviosly I can't, because they've stopped making them!

Is $255 really the new cost for repairs/ refurbs? Are there any cheaper repair/ refurb alternatives now or in the future?

Also, if I can find another brand of DVD recorder to buy, will it play my old DVD-R DVDs that had been recorded on my Panas?
post #2 of 25
YOU should have got in touch with me.....................
post #3 of 25
Only another Panasonic will play unfinalized Panasonic discs, I'd keep an eye out on Craigslist for used Panasonics. IMO '05 and '06 ES/EH series are the best, I'd really avoid the '07 EZ-x7 series(such as yours) they tend to be the most problematic.
Any DVD player should play your finalized DVDs, if your willing to switch brands for any further recordings then the Magnavox HDD DVDRs have proven to be quite reliable and would be your best bet for a DVDR that has a built in digital tuner.
Check the first post of Wajos sticky thread on the Magnavox for a wealth of information.
post #4 of 25
+100 regarding mickinct
post #5 of 25
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Originally Posted by billmich View Post

+100 regarding mickinct

I second that about Mike. He's repaired two machines for me, quickly, at reasonable prices. Best part is they work great after he works on them.
post #6 of 25
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I second that about Mike. He's repaired two machines for me, quickly, at reasonable prices. Best part is they work great after he works on them.

This is true, and I agree, for reapirs of Panasonic recorders, Mike IS THE go-to person! smile.gif
post #7 of 25
Are you Mike that does the panisonic dvd recorder repairs?
post #8 of 25
http://www.avsforum.com/u/7545541/mickinct
Click the above link and select Send Private Message to send a PM to Mick in CT.
post #9 of 25
Jumping in here to recommend mickinct. My DMREH75VS went bad (DVD player issue). Got it fixed up but then there were other issues at the same time with U99 and other error codes, turns out the HDMI and component video out would not work ... issue with an internal board that is no longer manufactured. Mike took care of me and was in touch throughout. So, I'm SOL on the unit but I was in good hands with Mike. Highly recommended.
post #10 of 25
Wish there was someone like Mick in Australia. Here everone just bins or chucks dead pannys on ebay once they are out of warrenty and not working.
post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by mickinct View Post

YOU should have got in touch with me.....................

i tried. i dont want to waste $ on mcallen service exchange.

update: i'm in touch with mickinct. thanks.
Edited by dz2k - 12/20/12 at 12:04pm
post #12 of 25
I fully agree about mickinct & it was the link provided by jjeff (thanks Jefff) that got me started with mike.

he repaired my pan. eh 55 & and it runs like new.
he pm when he received it. he called me when it was fixed, and pm the tracking number.
He fast, expert at fixing them and considerate of his customers.
Edited by retired68 - 1/6/13 at 5:22am
post #13 of 25
I know nothing about forums but input" panasonic dvd recorder repair" and found that mickinct is the one that can help. can someone tell me how to get in touch so i can try to get my DMR-EZ37V repaired? contact Tommy at thomjose2002@yahoo.com
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by tomindal View Post

I know nothing about forums but input" panasonic dvd recorder repair" and found that mickinct is the one that can help. can someone tell me how to get in touch so i can try to get my DMR-EZ37V repaired? contact Tommy at thomjose2002@yahoo.com

Try ...
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Originally Posted by jjeff View Post

http://www.avsforum.com/u/7545541/mickinct
Click the above link and select Send Private Message to send a PM to Mick in CT.
post #15 of 25
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Originally Posted by tomindal View Post

I know nothing about forums but input" panasonic dvd recorder repair" and found that mickinct is the one that can help. can someone tell me how to get in touch so i can try to get my DMR-EZ37V repaired? contact Tommy at thomjose2002@yahoo.com

Since you are posting here, just PM him. He has written the second post in this thread, so just hover over his name and box of options will appear, one of them is "Send PM".
post #16 of 25
PM means "Personal Message" which means it will go right to him and him alone. Provide your phone number in the PM and he will likely call you direct. You can see your messages by looking at the top right hand part of the screen near your user name where it will list the number of messages that you have.
post #17 of 25
Thanks for that explanation. I didn't realize that tomindal had only one post, so he might not be familiar with the process. Good call.
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by tomindal View Post

I know nothing about forums but input" panasonic dvd recorder repair" and found that mickinct is the one that can help. can someone tell me how to get in touch so i can try to get my DMR-EZ37V repaired? contact Tommy at thomjose2002@yahoo.com

 

For safety and privacy reasons, it's probably not wise to publicly post your email address.  cool.gif

post #19 of 25
Mike fixed two machines for me, and I couldn't be happier.
post #20 of 25
Please, how do I get in touch with you?
post #21 of 25
Check posts #15 and 16 of this thread.
post #22 of 25

need dmr ez27 repaired  looking for mikein ct

post #23 of 25
As post #21 says, check out posts #15 and 16 above.
post #24 of 25
Contact has been made thanks.
post #25 of 25
I just wanted to say, if you ever need a Panasonic recorder fixed, and at a reasonable price, use Mike (mickinct on this board).

He's fixed a few for me in the past, but the latest one, well, he went above and beyond.

I had an E500 chock full of old movies I'd never gotten around to watching, or to off load onto discs. Over Christmas it just died. I contacted Mike and sent him the unit, explaining how the content on the drive was much more vital to me than the machine itself.

He worked on it for hours, but eventually reached a point where the unit was prompting him to format the hdd. Knowing the content was what I really wanted saved, he called me before he did that format, and as we talked about what he had tried, in addition to what I had tried before sending it to him, a light went off in his head, and he said he wanted to try one more thing. He said he'd call me back and hung up.

About 30 minutes later, he called with great news. That last idea had worked, and he was reading me the names of my movies from my hdd!

So now my machine is winging its way back to me, movies included.

This experience has reinforced my high opinion of Mike.

It also taught me to put my old movies on discs!
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