I am heading down the same path you described. I have had my light engine replaced twice so far on my WD-65831, the latest one was done in September. Much to my chagrin I am seeing the beginning of the blooming BS on the new already.
Unfortunately I did not purchase my TV locally so I have no one to take it back to, I have had to deal with the extended warranty folks which has been a fiasco. The last light engine that had to be replaced I actually had to pay upfront to get it replaced (a little over $1100), and almost two months later I finally got my money back from the extended warranty people for the repair, why I had to pay to get this done and then get reimbursed is beyond me, complete BS and a waste of my time calling these people along with the repair folks over and over
Needless to say if this light engine goes, I am throwing this TV in the garbage and it will be a very long long time before I buy mitsubishi again.
It is too bad because when the TV is working properly the image is fantastic and at 65" the TV is just stunning, but it does not do me any good if it only looks good for 5 or 6 months at a time. Mitsubishi has to know of these problems and to my knowledge they have not done anything about it, I spent almost $3K on this freaking TV...My last Mitsu lasted me 10 years, I guess they don't make them like they used to
Originally Posted by sourcery
I bought a 65831 in October 2006. I realized it had the "halo effect" (blooming) problem in May 2007. Magnolia replaced the light engine in June 2007.
The second light engine failed quickly. I reported the problem to Magnolia in early September 2007, and Magnolia replaced it in early October 2007.
The third light engine also failed quickly. I reported the problem in early January 2008, and it was replaced in late January.
The fourth light engine lasted until a few weeks ago, when I could no longer deny it was failing. Since this is the fourth failure, and I have Magnolia's extended warranty, they are taking the set back and giving me a store credit. I used the store credit today to order a new 60" Pioneer Elite Pro-151FD, which will be delivered next Saturday.
Given my previous experience with the infamous SXRD "green blob," I've had it with TVs that use light engines.