My Late 2011 MBP is affected by the GPU recall issue, which is covered for another 4 weeks. My GPU has started to show signs of the issue, and so I took a video on my phone of the GPU issue happening and booked an Apple Store appointment. During the appointment the tech and I tried many different ways to make the GPU fail (Apple's hardware diagnostic tools, 3D mark, Furmark, etc.) but in true murphy's law fashion, the problem would not present itself in the presence of a support agent.
The tech apologized for not being to re-create the issue that I showed him in the video, but he offered to triage the machine, which means they take it to the back and do a full analysis of the machine. The next day I received a call from the support agent that my MBP was ready for pickup and that they had replaced the logic board. He said they weren't able to recreate the issue but he spent some time on the phone with Apple and told them about the video I had of the issue and they took his/my word that the video was legit and repaired the issue.
Over the years they've been extremely good to me:
- Logic board replacement in this Late 2011 MBP without being able to re-create the problem
- Replacing the screen for free on my out of warranty retina MBP (was 2 weeks past warranty) because it had 2 dead pixels
- Replacing the screen AGAIN on my retina MBP because my dog decided it would be a nice thing to bite
- Giving me a new iPhone 5 for free after I dropped mine in water and fried all of the speakers/microphones