Hello, It is likely more cost-effective to purchase a new model (as is the case with most electronics these days except for $2,000 plasmas). There is a repair service available on Ebay, where the seller offers a flat rate of $145 to fix these DVD recorders, and has various pricing on other issues repaired on them as well. The unit could possibly need a new lens assembly, alignment and maybe even a new HDD. The only issue with repairing it is once you put said amount of money into it, something else may fail and you're not covered under any sort of warranty. In my opinion, it's best to purchase a new unit.
It would not hurt to send an inquiry to this seller descirbing your specific problem, and asking him for an estimate just to see for yourself.
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