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Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: flightdelayedagain
Date: September 16, 2018 09:58AM
I had a 42" Vizio that died at 6 years and now a 37" dead at 7 years. Our Mitsubishi bought in 2007 is still working although I replaced the bulb several times as it's a rear projection type. I will not buy another Vizio so what brands last longer?
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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: September 16, 2018 10:09AM
I'll let you know about Vizio in 3.5 years, we bought one in June 2015.

As for others, we had a Samsung that went more than 10 years, but my son's died in a year (warranty provider said it was rather common). I'm hoping our TCL will do well. Unfortunately I think TV's are now like appliances - good for 5-7 years, then a replacement is needed. Built in obsolescence.



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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: JoeH
Date: September 16, 2018 10:32AM
I have a 37" LG flat panel TV that I bought 8 years ago. Have not heard of problems with LG, and so far it looks like I should get a few more years out of this one.
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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: sekker
Date: September 16, 2018 10:41AM
Bummer. I have three Vizios about 7 years old, hope you are wrong!

My Panasonic plasma died at around 8 years - was a graphics card failure not a plasma screen issue.
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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: September 16, 2018 10:43AM
FWIW, many TVs fail in the 3rd party power supply.
If you're adventurous and/or comfortable, some ps pcbs are available from [www.shopjimmy.com].
I have not used them, though they seem to get good feedback.

If you're real adventurous and have a DVOM, look at the larger resistors on the pcb. They often fail coz the ain't larger enough (wattage).

Our 2 TVs had the same issue. Fixed with $1 part.
Just past 11 years old, knock plastic, repairs made at 8.

They are not the latest and greatest by any means, but then .....

Beyond that, what Ombligo said.

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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: September 16, 2018 11:06AM
I had a Hitachi Plasma die at about 7 years. It was a floor model, about a year old at the time, so it probably had a hard first year. Replaced it with a LCD, still going at 4 years. sub 50" TVs are pretty cheap nowadays as well, accounting for inflation.



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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: September 16, 2018 11:11AM
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JoeH
I have a 37" LG flat panel TV that I bought 8 years ago. Have not heard of problems with LG, and so far it looks like I should get a few more years out of this one.

My LG bit the dust in under 5 years.
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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: surfer33
Date: September 16, 2018 11:17AM
My Vizio is 14 years old and still going strong.
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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: Acer
Date: September 16, 2018 11:35AM
11 years for our Olevia, a short-lived Target off-brand, and still ticking. But we're not heavy users.

Speaking of inflation, we paid $500 for that $32 inch in 2007, and that was a deal of some sort at the time. In walmart the other day the 32" Sceptre also-ran-brand were $98.
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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: September 16, 2018 12:05PM
> Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?

Wouldn't be surprised if that's the median age.

TVs are not built so well as they used to be, and that's ignoring the built-in "apps" which are usually non-functional within a couple of years of purchase.

Not scientific, but see if you can spot the trend...

My mom's Sony CRT died this year after 19 years of service. Power supply went, and couldn't source a replacement anymore.

My Olevia TV died this year after about 11 years of service. Power supply went and after several months of it turning itself off at random times (left unplugged for 10 seconds, then could power it back up), one of the outages blew the backlight which couldn't be replaced in this model.

I got a beautiful LG 4k flat screen. (Love LG's color-fidelity, tho it takes an hour or so to tweak it from factory to look good.) Screen was cracked out of the box. Replacement is fine (BestBuy gave me no trouble swapping for another one), but this TV is so thin and fragile that I'm fairly confident that it won't survive my next move. (Apartment-dweller. I end up moving every few years as rent/fees/landlords change and become untenable.)



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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: wurm
Date: September 16, 2018 12:06PM
I hear you, Acer. We're coming up on 11 years for our 42" Olevia. It was a steal at the time for $650.
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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: jdc
Date: September 16, 2018 12:28PM
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Acer
11 years for our Olevia, a short-lived Target off-brand, and still ticking. But we're not heavy users.

Speaking of inflation, we paid $500 for that $32 inch in 2007, and that was a deal of some sort at the time. In walmart the other day the 32" Sceptre also-ran-brand were $98.

I gave a 32" olevia away a few months ago, still working. Prob same 11 years old. But pretty sure I got it at best buy...

$500 today will get you a 65" 4K smart TV. 50" is half that.

I agree, TVs have become disposable.



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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: Microman
Date: September 16, 2018 12:48PM
I have the 42"" Olevia, had to have it repaired. Locally under warrantee before they went out of business. Place to send it, was less than 30 miles from house. Went to loading dock, and I could see inside, where guys were testing units that were being dropped off by Delivery Trucks.

Vizio, had two that went bad, both 42". Son gave me his, The HDMI ports went out. Had a local guy fix it for $75. He advertises on eBay to fix boards of various kinds. He fixed it, and I had the Vizio sitting around for 6 months, and when I went to use it, HDMI were bad again. Gave him a text, and he said bring it over. Said this time he had to flash the memory or something. All good.

Other Vizio, had a flickering screen. I read a lot about the problem, And like the other Vizio, I can easily remove the back, and see all the boards. The very top board on my other Vizio had a loose connection. As when I bannged on the top of the TV, that would effect the picture, whether it was working or not, And when I wiggled that cable same thing. So I had it laying on table unplugged that cable, and replugged in, and all good there as well.

If you can take apart or remove the back and take pictures and search the internet, you can easily fix these, in some cases. But if you want to buy a 42" it could now be much cheaper on time and $. But I enjoy trying too fix it.
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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: September 16, 2018 12:49PM
Did you check to see if the filaments are out on any of the tubes?
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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: Acer
Date: September 16, 2018 01:10PM
Well, truth be heard, I won't be too heartbroken when this Olevia goes. There's are some nice new TVs out there much bigger, much clearer, and much cheaper.

Not like the old days, when a 19" color CRT was state of the art for 15 years.
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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: September 16, 2018 01:36PM
The Panny plasma I purchased in 2005 and sold to a friend in 2011 is still going strong.



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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: tronnei
Date: September 16, 2018 03:37PM
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surfer33
My Vizio is 14 years old and still going strong.

9 years so so far on my Vizio 32" 720p unit.
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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: September 16, 2018 03:58PM
My LG that didn’t last too long replaced my 15” Proton CRT, which still had a lovely picture (color) after about 25 years of use.
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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: September 16, 2018 03:59PM
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Ombligo
I'll let you know about Vizio in 3.5 years, we bought one in June 2015.

I got a 4K Vizio in late Summer 2015. It recently started having a glitch at the top inch of the screen where the display lags ~200ms. Not a good sign for long term reliability. IIRC, it has about three weeks before the Costco extended warranty runs out.



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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: September 16, 2018 05:01PM
Our Panasonic plasma is 9 years old and flawless so far.
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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: September 16, 2018 05:23PM
Sometimes I look at things this way..

My TV cost $600, if it lasts six years that is $100/yr or $2/week. That is 28¢/day. I would say on average it was on 4 hrs a day, so it was 7¢ an hour.

I can live with that and not complain.



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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: stephen
Date: September 16, 2018 06:59PM
Mine has lasted since 2009, but it only gets weekend usage.
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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: September 16, 2018 09:46PM
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Ombligo
Sometimes I look at things this way..

My TV cost $600, if it lasts six years that is $100/yr or $2/week. That is 28¢/day. I would say on average it was on 4 hrs a day, so it was 7¢ an hour.

I can live with that and not complain.

Then they have you right where they want you.



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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: September 17, 2018 05:06AM
Due to prior lack of support, I will never buy a Vizio product again.
Since Panasonic is out of the TV market, I stick with LG or Samsung.
ymmv



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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: spacescape
Date: September 17, 2018 07:20AM
Screw Vizio... The first TV I actually had die in my 43 years of life... Got about 4-5 years out of it (yes, it was a refurbished... so I'll disclose that)...
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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: September 17, 2018 08:20AM
....that's longer than some marriages......



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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: JPK
Date: September 17, 2018 12:31PM
Neither of mine did. I have put VIZIO on my "do not buy ever again" list.

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Re: Do Vizio TV's last longer than 7 years?
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: September 18, 2018 11:07AM
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JPK
Neither of mine did. I have put VIZIO on my "do not buy ever again" list.

JPK

That's a silly list to have.



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