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Topic: long term reliability of Silvia (3 msgs / 65 lines)
1) From: David Marley
I have been enjoying my Silvia for about a year and a half now and use it
daily for my Americanos, macciatos and cappuccinos or whatever else someone
wants when they walk into my house.  I have a Rocky grinder which I love and
will last me many years with an occasional burr replacement.  I sometimes
worry about my Silvia however.  I have replaced the gasket seal (no biggie)
and am very thorough in cleaning, including back flushing.  Since it is a
vibratory pump I wonder how long the life is on something like that.  I am
pretty sure my Silvia will last me at least 5-7 years, but who knows!  Does
anyone here own a Silvia that they still use almost daily for over 3 years?
Most list members here who have experiences with the Silvia are like me,
only have used Silvia for short time of a year or two, or have upgraded
already to a professional machine like a Tea or Livia.  
David Marley
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2) From: Simpson
Sorry, I can't speak directly to your question vis a vis the Silvia through
ownership, but I can say that its components are top notch and unlikely to
need significant repair in the time frame you've noted. Even were the vibe
pump to go belly-up, its an easy and cheap repair. Descale regularly and
replace the group gasket every 6 months to a year and you should get many,
many years out of her. Just ensure she doesn't run dry or the boiler run
low... the first can/will hurt the pump, the second will burn out your
element. ANY espresso machine would suffer under those circumstances, and
for this reason I wouldn't run Silvia 24/7. Fret not. You've bought a tank.
Ted
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3) From: Jim Schulman
The Sylvia's been out for only five years or so, but the Rialto, with the same 
internal components, has been around since the 80's, and some on alt.coffee hve 
owned theirs for over ten years. 
Gaskets, and very occasionally the thermostats, other seals, and solenoid valve need 
to be changed, all of these are minor repairs costing under $20, the vibe pump may 
go in five years, and the replacement is about $70. But other these, there's nothing 
much that can break on the machine. This is true of any well built espresso machine 
with marine brass and stainless components, they can be life time items.
Jim
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