Refrigerators - all average at best?

We need to purchase a new side by side fridge. Five yr old Frigidaire needs $600 compressor (60% of what we paid for it). Did a lot of internet review searching and was suprised to see that the trend was that they all got average ratings (3 out of 5 stars in most cases where there were actually a lot of consumer reviews). Are there any repairmen out their with an opinon?
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On Feb 23, 2:12 pm, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

I'm not a repairman, but I'll relate a comment made to me by a repairman a few months ago. He was changing a controller board in my 1 year old GE side by side - wouldn't hold temperature, kept swinging up and down. Asked him what kind of fridge he had. Said he bought one of the last GE models (about 7 or 8 years old) to be controlled the old- fashioned electro-mechanical way, you know, thermostats and relays, rather than a computer controller board. His opinion, nothing built since then has been any good.
Jerry
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wrote:

I'm not a repairman, but I'll relate a comment made to me by a repairman a few months ago. He was changing a controller board in my 1 year old GE side by side - wouldn't hold temperature, kept swinging up and down. Asked him what kind of fridge he had. Said he bought one of the last GE models (about 7 or 8 years old) to be controlled the old- fashioned electro-mechanical way, you know, thermostats and relays, rather than a computer controller board. His opinion, nothing built since then has been any good.
Jerry
I got a GE 18 cu/ft with my house 2 years ago and it's the old-fasioned kind--no LEDs or such nonsense. It's a bit noisy but I have it set at the lowest temp setting and it goes from about 36-42 in the fridge and down to about 5 degrees in the freezer. My old GE side-by-side 24 cu/ft still works fine (15 years or so) but it uses a little more power than the new one (but not a whole lot) and I'm off-grid so every watt counts. I had a Frigidair 14 cu/ft and it seemed to use more power than the 24 cu/ft GE but when the thermostat broke I was able to fix it easily.
I don't buy any appliances that have LEDs and such.
I have no faith in comsumer reports unless they are direct from the source such as this newsgroup.
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On Feb 23, 3:12 pm, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

The alternative it to get one that is intended to be repairable, my old Monagram, has the compressor on a roll out shelf at the top. I really don't know how old it is, but all it has asked for is a timer, & while I was in there I changed the sensors for the defrost. Online, the parts were less than $100. Cold Spot and others make a premium box, & prices are outrageous new, but you can often pick them up used at a decent price and they last forever.
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Side by sides may be convenient and stylish, but they suck for efficiency. Look at the reviews of the top (and even bottom) Freezer refrigerators. You should find some standouts.
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My parts house calls GE "Generally expensive". The newer ones are electronic, and break regularly.
Over the years, I've really grown fond of Whirlpool. Basic inexpensive stuff.
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