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Bosch Terrible Customer Service, Shoddy Product
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I purchased a Bosch micro/conv oven in April 2011. Oven has been broken from the day it was installed. Was told I had to have repair service look at it - they came out and "fixed" what turned out to be a broken fan blade. Repair tech warned me there was probably a bigger problem. He was right - the new fan blade broke immediately. Now I was told I have to wait for parts (including a motor) that are out of stock!

This is a brand new oven which with the trim kit cost me $1000.00. Bosch refuses to replace the oven insisting they will only repair my brand new oven which has never worked. Terrible customer service.
     
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Alain on 06/09/2011:
Report this to http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/consumer.shtm
and, just because it could be hazardous, call the Consumer Product Safety Commission at 800-638-2772.
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Think Twice Before Buying Bosch
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SANDY, COLORADO -- I recently did a home renovation and wanted to "upgrade" my appliances. I had been told that Bosch was better than the "GE" type appliances. I purchased about 8K$ , had it installed and everything looked worked fine!!

About 6 months later my Bosch Convection Oven /Microwave module stopped working! Poof- Microwave Kaput!!!

I called Bosch Cust Service- they gave me the local independent service company, took them a week n half to come out to service the unit, has taken over two weeks to order the parts.

Now for the best part- the oven and microwave are a single unit, weighing approx 250 lbs!! No way to detach them- the whole unit has to come out.

Needless to say I am very disappointed in the whole experience and wishing now that I had purchased the less expensive "GE"
appliances. One's I just tossed were over 20 years old and never missed a lick!!!

I will not be purchasing any more BOSCH appliances for my other home! Buyer beware!!!
     
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wjk898 on 02/05/2013:
Bosch ovens used to be their best product but now that things are made offshore, meh...waste of money. Definitely stay well away from their dishwashers...they don't clean dishes and they break down all the time...always have. Interesting post.
Dakota1015 on 02/05/2013:
I worked in the appliance industry many years ago, and used to know which brands to recommend. Nowadays it's hard to say, quality varies even within a brand name. Kitchenaid dishwashers were at one time far and away the best out there, then Whirlpool bought the brand and downgraded it and tries to market it (still at a premium price) based on what previously was a quality name brand.
Yet Whirlpool still makes a decent dishwasher in their mid priced models. It's enough to drive you crazy. Electrolux, formerly a high end vacuum cleaner brand, markets a line of appliances as premium quality, but they are just low end Frigidaire units with a premium name on them.
My opinion is that GE still overall makes decent kitchen appliances, particularly in their mid priced cooking appliances, yet I don't hear many good things about their high end products.
Karnamay on 02/05/2013:
I think you just bought a lemon. I feel your pain, it can be very frustrating. We went through 3 Kenmore dishwashers in 5 years. We now have a top of the line Bosch, made in Germany. Great dishwasher!
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Bosch Microwave/Oven Combo - Beware!
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GERMANY -- We just purchased a Bosch microwave/oven combination appliance. Immediately the Microwave failed and in order to replace the controller the entire unit must be removed from the cabinet. In fact, even to replace a light bulb or fuse in the microwave, the whole thing, which must weigh 300 pounds, must be pulled from the wall. This clearly takes more than one repair person. What kind of design is that?

When we called Bosch Customer Service the representative could not find the model number in her database, meanwhile we were looking at it on the Bosch consumer website. What kind of customer service is that?

Stay away, if you ask me.
     
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At Your Service on 11/09/2011:
It's not uncommon. The only way to get around this is purchasing the wall oven and microwave separately, combined with a wall trim kit. This allows one to address the microwave a little more easily, but requires the purchase of each item separately and two different control panels.
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Faulty Hinges
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HUNINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA -- I also want to report faulty hinges on our Bosch oven doors. Repair Company came out and to replace the hinges will cost 136.45 each ($272.90) plus installation of $135.99.

Customers should not have to pay for a faulty hinge from normal usage! Over $400 to be able to fix this little problem!
     
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Doc Rings on 07/16/2011:
Our double oven upper hinges are somewhat loose, and the door does not seem to close snugly...
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Bosch Oven - Bad
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I have had a Bosch electric convection oven for 2 years. I have had a series of problems with the electronic controls. The latest - I used the self clean feature for only the second time. The oven door would not unlock. Per instructions of the manual and telephone call with the company, I disconnected the circuit, to no avail. Obviously since they have this ready advice, the oven door lock malfunction must be common. So now, 2 years into this high-end product, I have to have a service call to fix what should be a routine feature, at a cost of $100 for the service call, plus whatever parts are needed. If you consider a Bosch oven, add in several hundred dollars to the price since this is what you will pay for service and see if it is still worth it. The company was rude on the phone, only repeating that this is no longer in warranty. I do not disagree, but I still think that it is reasonable to expect this $750 product to function for several years.

Plus, I will now no longer ever use the self clean function again, so as not to risk an expensive repair, so I paid a lot for a product that does not have a function that was one of the reasons I bought it.
     
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Slimjim on 07/09/2009:
I have never had a problem with my Bosch oven in seven years with any of the controls, but from day one, the thing never cooked evenly, ESPECIALLY in the convection mode, which of course, is supposed to be one the assets of using convection heating. My Bosch D/W did blow a board once after only a few years so I too would probably not stay loyal to the brand.
qualityappliance on 07/09/2009:
Resetting the breaker is the standard first response for the phone people. It sounde as though the high limit thermostat is tripped. I have also seen the wire to the thermostat burned off on the Thermador models.

Slim, I have changed a ton of those D/W controls for heating problems and never really looked at them. Just recently at a training seminar I talked to a guy that repairs the boards and he said it is a faulty solder connection on the heating relay. A 5 minute fix with a soldering gun.
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Bosch Double Oven Repair
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CLEVELAND, OHIO -- The inner glass on the lower oven shattered while baking. The warranty repairmen have been out 3 times to repair. It has taken over 6 weeks to receive the correct part, which was taken off of a floor model. Bosch Customer Service never returned my phone call for assistance after initial contact was made. This oven had been installed for 2 months when the glass shattered.

After the 2nd trip the repair people called to tell us the new glass would not be shipped from Germany until mid-June 2008. The glass shattered in the beginning of April 2008.

DON'T BUY BOSCH.
     
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Waiting on oven parts
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My Bosch oven stopped working, the fault a selector switch. This part was ordered in early Sept 2009, with a promise of 10 day supply. Today is February 2010, and after several delivery promises (5), the 'new' promise is 10 March. This is 5 MONTHS!! Bosch won't even answer my polite emails, the warehouse just tells me the new promise from Bosch, and they just don't supply.
This is absolutely the last Bosch I will own - take note some Kenmore dishwashers are Bosch.
     
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Cannot supply parts
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After 6 weeks of waiting for my replacement circuit board, I was told there are none to be had. That is 6 weeks without an oven.
When I called and raised Holy Hell, they magically found the "last circuit board" available. It would only take them 6 days to get it from the west coast to the east coast.

What a great compay. They manufacture appliances but not the parts with which to repair them.
Do Not Buy Bosch. They do not stand behind their products.
     
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Anonymous on 11/06/2009:
Exactly how old is the unit? If it is old I can see why you have hard time finding a part.

Do you not realize EVERY manufacturer stops making parts in bulk quantities for EVERY item they sell that goes nonstock or out of retail circulation?

And if you can find the part, it is usually more expensive than replacing the unit itself?
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Oven door doesn't close
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I join dozens of others who have been stuck with a bad design and are forced to pay $400 for a repair that includes an "enhanced" hinge kit to make the door close completely on the oven. 2 year old stove that costs $2,100.
     
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Broken 1 Yr And 1 Month From Date Of Sale
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BURLESON, TEXAS -- I purchase a Bosch double oven... top is convection... I have read a couple of reviews and I too had my heating element and thermostat go out 1 yr and 1 month from date of purchase. Was looking to see if there was a recall... but haven't found one...
     
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