I bought a Precor Treadmill 9.31 in 2007. Simplicity, fun/techie looking, ease of use and its great cushioning were why I shelled out $3k for this thing and was happy to do so. As any treadmill owner will tell you though, with so much mechanical wear and tear, these devices eventually need maintenance. I was out of Precor's warranty and they referred me to a local dealer that could service it, for about $800. And there wouldn't be much, if any, warranty on the treadmill after that. I want a long term solution for having a decent treadmill, so I don't have to shell out $3k every 13 years or so. Here are the options I see:
- Pay the $800 to service my treadmill now and hope for the best.
- Go on Facebook Marketplace and buy a used treadmill for $150 or so. There are many decent treadmills for cheap. A lot of people just want to get them out of the house, but that's still a gamble if it doesn't work or craps out in a month after I get it. I'll still need to rent a truck to get it and find someplace to haul my poor, broken Precor.
- Pony up about $4k now for something like a Landice, that has a lifetime warranty on all parts, but still not labor (which I'm okay with).
- Buy something cheap like a Nordic Track for $700 or so, with a 2 year parts, 1 year labor and just run the risk of having to re-buy a new one every so often. I guess I would get newer tech with those if I go that route.
What would you guys recommend? One of these or something else?