i, too, got mine pretty much when they first came out (bought it for $300!). it is still working fine for me. however, i've heard that if you play a lot of DVDs in it, then that wears it out faster. i have a DVD player, so i don't play any in my PS2. YMMV
"No Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." - Thomas Jefferson
"Only fools are heroes - because you never know when some lunatic will come along with a sadistic choice."