We went to pick up my computer last night, after it had spent two weeks at the Apple store getting assessed/repaired. When the girl came back out with a computer that wasn't mine, we were a bit confused... She checked with someone else, and they told us that because the repair costs were so high, they decided to replace it.
Now I have a slick new MacBook Pro, AND all the data from my old one (really relieved about this). So very thankful I spent the extra money on an extended warranty when I bought my computer. I will recommend to anyone buying a mac: get AppleCare too, if you can. It's worth it if something goes really wrong.
Thank you Apple, I love you.