I have had my 3000 less time then Yaesu service has had it. It is currently still in Yaesu service. The radio is as you say not designed very well internally. I have had problems with the distorted audio coming from the internal speaker, band scope glitches, SSB transmit audio digital distortion when using the stock mic and factory default settings, internal speaker not always working when you unplug the external speaker from the jack, and the frequency changing on its own. Yaesu has only been able to fix 2 of these problems and are unwilling or unable to fix the others. Yaesu says there is nothing wrong with the radio at this point and are taking no responsibility for repairing the remaining problems it has. I want to like the radio because as you pointed out it looks and feels very good but other then that it sucks.