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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Joy, Dec 11, 2006.

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  1. Joy

    Joy Guest

    I was wondering if anyone here had a strong opinion of how well (in
    general, of course)
    GE, Frigidaire and Bosch ovens and microwaves hold up. I know everything
    had tons of electronics and some companies may have more troublesome
    designs than others.

    Thanks so much!

    Joy
     
  2. Meat Plow

    Meat Plow Guest

    GE makes a great oven. Don't know about the others.
     
  3. Guest

    I know you said ovens and microwaves, but I can't pass up an
    opportunity to rant and complain about my Amana refrigerator. 6 years
    old, 26 cu. ft. side-by-side, woke up Thanksgiving morning to a
    non-working fridge, bad compressor. Since the fridge was already on
    it's 4th icemaker, we assumed we had a lemon. Meanwhile the
    20-something year old GE fridge in the garage just keeps humming along.

    Jerry
     
  4. AZ Nomad

    AZ Nomad Guest

    GE *can* make a great oven depending on the model and who they outsourced
    it to.
     
  5. I am disappointed with Whirlpool service. I have a "Gold series"
    refrigerator and the temperature doesn't regulate sensibly, its too cold
    most of time although set to warmest temperature. Calling the service
    number gets a technician out who says nothing is wrong. Calling back
    service to talk to a factory rep gets you nowhere. They just want to
    send the same crew out. I could burn up their warranty money by
    continuing to call service. Might have to do so before the warranty runs
    out. I think these companies are all the same, I had a similar problem
    with a Kenmore washer that kept losing a spring off the suspension.
    Techs would come out without bringing parts, put the old one back and
    then "sproing" its off again.

    --
    Joe Leikhim K4SAT
    "The RFI-EMI-GUY"©

    "Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason?
    For if it prosper, none dare call it treason."

    "Follow The Money" ;-P
     
  6. T Shadow

    T Shadow Guest

    Have a 23+ year old Panasonic that hasn't even had the light bulb replaced
    yet. It's used daily. May not be relevant for whets being made now but I'll
    have to buy another one, eventually.
     
  7. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest


    The problem is you can't really go by how good a 23 year old unit is,
    there's a good chance the same brand unit today was built by a different
    company entirely and an even better chance that it wasn't built as well
    as the old one regardless. To make sense of anything you first have to
    do some research into who actually makes the item you're considering
    buying. Also a lot can be predicted by just general fit & finish and the
    feel of the unit. If it feels flimsy and parts don't fit together well,
    they probably cut corners inside as well.
     
  8. Even Maytag, once an icon of quality, has moved its manufacturing to
    Crapland.
     
  9. T Shadow

    T Shadow Guest

    Wish I'd thought of that. Oh, I did.
    I've bought other Panasonic products in recent past and haven't seen a
    reduction in quality like a lot of other brand names. Have a Walkman Sport
    from the same era that still works. I've worked on it a little but it's
    still impressive longevity. Their newer stuff has been crap.
    Buying by reputation still makes sense to me for appliances at least. Better
    than guessing.
    Probably the OP should have asked what's crap. That shows up quickly.
     
  10. Guest

    I've had the same experience with their products, but their service has
    been another matter and took a turn for the worse about 10 years ago,
    which may be why this multi-billion dollar company has an unacceptable
    rating from the Better Business Bureau. Back around 2000, they
    replaced my CRT monitor 3 times with "refurbished" units, the last 2
    which looked battered, one having been dropped at the factory - before
    it was placed in the shipping carton. Panasonic somehow made me deal
    only with their legal dept., which was staffed by people who sounded
    angry and drunk.
     
  11. When the only lawyers who will work for you are angry -- or drunk -- or
    both -- that's a bad sign.
     
  12. T Shadow

    T Shadow Guest

    Did you ever get it satisfactorily resolved?

    Never thought to run big corporations through the BBB. Interesting that
    Panasonic, not a BBB member, gets an unacceptable for mostly not getting
    things resolved in time and Sony, a BBB member, gets a satisfactory even
    though 25% are unhappy with the outcome. The only two I looked at. Both
    numbers are very low for corporations with such volume.

    I've talked to people in/from other countries that were nearly
    incomprehensible. 10 years ago might not of thought about them not being
    in/from this country.
     
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