My Cuisinart 1200 Brewmaster just bit the dust. It made the best coffee I've ever brewed. Lasted a little over 3 years (just out of the warranty period, of course.) I see on Amazon that this model has a record of failing, and many people report it failing in less time than mine. I bought a Farberware model at Wal Mart that is a virtual clone of the Cuisinart 1200, but so far the coffee doesn't taste as good as the Cuisinart. Either I haven't found the 'sweet spot' of grounds to water ratio, or it's just not going to taste as good. I told a couple friends of mine that I was disappointed my coffee maker quit after only three years and they both said that was pretty good longevity for a coffee maker and that they typically get less than three years out of theirs. So how long has your coffeemaker been working? What brand/model is it? Is it typical for you to buy a new coffee maker every couple of years?