I was an 'early adopter', and got my F38310 from BJ's Wholesale Club about five years ago. It was a floor model that I bought for less than $1,000. No repairs to date, although we we would probably qualify as 'light' users, using the set mostly for movies from the DVD player.
We had DirecTV for a while with excellent results (dish still mounted on the chimney) but we eventually went to cable for economic reasons because the local cable company (RCN) bundled Internet, telephone and cable into one package.
We can tune OTA HD with excellent results here in the western suburbs of Boston.
Picture is still breathtaking, with color fidelity and clarity that are unmatched. Having said that, the TV is in a family room and it faces two six foot sliders, so daytime viewing isn't really possible due to reflections on the glass tube from the sliders. Never been a problem as the little TV we watch is always at night.
We had an addition put on the house a year ago and got a high-end Hitachi 42" plasma that we hung on the wall. First time we have ever had a second TV in the house. The picture is pretty impressive.
Recently saw a 46" Sony Bravia LCD (in BJ's again - got to keep away from BJ's!) that has an amazingly sharp, vivid and glare-free picture. So, I just today purchased a new Sony Bravia 46" over Ebay (got to keep away from Ebay also!) for an amazing $2,454 delivered from a seller with high and all essentially positive feedback. Will be curious to see how the Sony looks in our house.
Because I liked the F38310 so much I found a used one for $850 a few years ago which I gave to my daughter. Unfortunately, their TV is always on, probably 12+ hours a day (rots the brain). So far their TV hasn't hiccuped and the picture is still lifelike, bright, clear and has excellent color fidelity.
The plan is to give my little-used F38310 to my daughter to replace their much-used set, and to give their still perfect F38310 to my brother-in-law to replace his 32" Sony SD TV which is about ten years old. The only obvious difficulty with this plan is moving these two elephantine sets around. My son-in-law is over six feet and over 200 pounds but I'm an old guy and a puny 5' 10" at 165 pounds. We're both pretty strong, but this will be an interesting challenge. Wish me luck.
These TV's have no resale value because they are so big and heavy. If we can't move the two sets around as I propose, I'll probably have to give my set away ('free to a good home').
My wife has asked why I would replace such a wonderful TV that we never even use anymore, and I'm having a hard time giving her a rational answer.