I purchased a NordicTrack Elliptical in March 09. It arrived badly damaged, although the packaging was just dented in the corner. We realized this when after we had opened the box and put it together. The inside gears were smashed, among other problems. Had the box looked really bad, I never would have accepted it to begin with.
Was it damaged in shipping or at the factory? I will never know, but Icon Fitness refused to replace it. They kept replacing parts as it was discovered that this part was broken and that part was out of alignment, etc. A repairman was at my place 3-4 times.
The elliptical was not even useable the first 3 months we owned it. We waited for replacement parts for weeks, and then the repairman to fit us into his schedule.
Here is what I wrote to the company after they said they would no longer continue to send someone out to deal with our ongoing issues. (The elliptical now works but clunks when in use.) "I never felt so left out in the cold by a company. Icon Fitness is unwilling to stand behind its product & take responsibility for any issues with it. My elliptical was broken & damaged from the time it arrived at my home. I don't know if it was damaged when it was built or during delivery, but regardless a more respectable company would have sent a replacement to make things right rather than make me jump thru hoops for months trying to get it to an "acceptable" place where it at least functions, although still not without clunking. You obviously have no pride in your product, work and don't care about your reputation. My biggest regret was not researching your company's background with regards to customer care before purchasing -- boy, are there a lot of negative comments out there on the Internet about you. I will be adding to them."
Ripped off in Pittsburgh