@Shadeblack: No Sony did NOT issue cheaper or free repairs. The official statement that Sony released informed users of glitches in the firmware. They still deny that the firmware cause any crashes. Therefore, they repaired all broken drives for roughly $175 (after shipping costs, etc) to replace ALL the broken blu ray drives. I know this because I've went through it back in October 2008. Luckily I still had 3 weeks left on my warranty.
Overall, I am happy again. However, this will definitely be the last console I purchase from Sony. I will now go to Microsoft and Nintendo for all future consoles.