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blakesq
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Posted Wed Jul 10, 2013, 11:52am
Subject: Gaggia died, repairs estimated at $270?
 

Hi All,

I bought a Gaggia Classic based on reivews here on this website.  We have been very happy with it.  We bought the Gaggia back around 2007.  Anyhow, a week or two ago, it died.  I called Importika, and they said probably just need to clean a solenoid valve, so I opened it up, but i could not get my big old hands inside the machine to undo the hex nuts, so i sent it to importika, and their quote to fix and replace many of the items, like a pump. solenoid valve, gaskets, and other valves worked out to about $270.  

My questions are: does this sound fair.  Should have my gaggia lasted longer than 6 years?  Should I just buy a new Gaggia or other machine?  

Thanks
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DavecUK
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Posted Wed Jul 10, 2013, 12:03pm
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It's a shame it lasted 6 years really, still at least you now have the chance to go out and get something nice....look upon this as an opportunity, not a problem. It would be good advice to go out and buy another machine, costing a lot more, but cheaper in the long run and a better machine to use during it's whole ownership life. Spend $1500-$2000 and have a machine that you will own for 20 years+ it will work great and still be working when you are old and grey. If you decide to ever sell it, you will always get decent money for it.
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jonr
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Posted Wed Jul 10, 2013, 12:19pm
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I've seen some almost new ones on ebay for less than $200. So I'd get one of those and keep the old one for parts.  But I suppose such plans are not for everyone.

I think that all machines eventually need repairs and expensive machines with more options (computer, flow meter, pressurestats, etc) cost more to fix.
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