My 52D62U has been working great since 2006! I've been using it pretty much every single day, up to and including 24 hrs/Day.. more 24 hr days than I'd like to admit, and I've moved once too. It took a rough truck ride with crappy non-existent suspension.
It does have some very slight ''banding'', but it's only visible on a certain light tone of gray and been there since day one. It's not a problem 99.99% of the time, and the overall picture is soOOOooo freaking nice.. to me it looks better than a lot of supposedly better and way more modern TVs.
Anyway, one major thing I attribute to the TV's longevity is the fact that I have ALWAYS had it plugged into a 1500 avr UPS.
I think a lot of consumer electronics are damaged by the unstable power supplies of people's houses without a UPS. Surge protectors aren't the same.
I have my Yamaha AVR(s), PS3, DVR(s), TV(s), router, modem, phones, PCs, etc. all plugged into uninterruptable power supplies and I've had extremely ''good luck'' with all my expensive electronic equipment.
One more thing I do with the Aquos, is never turn the TV on, and then turn it off right after that, or even turn it off if I'm not going to watch it for a couple hrs. I'd rather just turn it to a very low power consumption mode (I have one user mode set to -16 backlight, -14 cont., etc, just low everything so it's using very little power), and instead of turning power off, I set it to that low power mode. I try to limit the amount of heating/cooling cycles the TV goes through, throughout it's life. I'll leave it on for 5 days in a row rather than turn it off for a couple hours a day, if I'm watching it a lot, just to avoid the cool-down/warm-up cycles. Who knows if that actually will extend it's life. I'd say it's working so far though.