Bad PS2? Called Sony to no avail? Make them pay!
If your PS2 has had a disc-read-error, you called Sony and the fix was too expensive or they didn't help, then check ps2settlement.com to see if Sony has to fix your drive for free.
Even if you can't prove your purchase or that you called Sony, apparently they will fix it for $41. That sucks though, because you can find PS2s on ebay for less than that if you try.
I still haven't heard anything about Nintendo console problems. Other than maybe dead pixels, but they happily repair that and pay for shipping.