So I just received my third 360 (second replacement) back from Microsoft yesterday. It died while I was at a friends place playing some Modern Warfare 2; I was very sad.
But the most interesting thing was that my warranty was expired, yet Microsoft repaired it without charging me anything. Im not complaining, of course, but was amazed. When it died I signed it up for repair, bought a box and let the UPS man take it to Texas. However, a few days later I realized that when it read "Standard Warranty Expired" on the Xbox support site, that meant that the warranty was indeed expired.
I guess I thought that it simply meant the non-three year RROD warranty, but that is the standard now. So I was kinda nervous that I wasted six bucks on a box and that when Microsoft said I would have to lay down a good $120 or so I would have to decline and ask for it back. I would then have to produce a new Sams Club receipt out of thin air since I couldnt find the original (which I would need to have Sams Club make good on that extra 3 year warranty and fix it).
Much to my surprise, however, there was no incident of any kind, and they sent me a new one (though it would have been cool if they sent me one with HDMI). Also I got another face plate.
So, thank you Microsoft for overlooking the fact that my warranty was expired.
Now maybe Ill finish playing through Lost Odyssey...