I bought an MTD Yard Machine snowblower and after less than 20 minutes of use it threw a rod through the block. The home center said it was under warranty so I took it to a recommended service center.
They sent pictures to MTD and they denied the claim quoting heat and friction damage. $350 down the drain. They claimed that it was because of the wrong or insuficient oil.
The oil was provided by MTD and the oil was changed with MTD oil at the correct new use interval. Sorry doesn't cut it when you don't stand behind your warranty and service.
Monetary Loss: $350.