MartynWheeler Senior Member Joined: 11 May 2014 Posts: 1 Location: UK Expertise: Just starting
Posted Sun May 11, 2014, 10:17am Subject: Gaggia Classic - Pre 2009 machines are they better
I am looking to buy a gaggia classic. I am happy to buy second hand and fix problems myself - however, my question is this - are there any real significant differences between the pre 2009 models and those built more recently by Phillips. I have found one locally for £50 but it is a newer model - should I take the plunge or wait it out and find an older model on ebay? I'd appreciate a few opinions before buying...
Posted Sun May 11, 2014, 7:41pm Subject: Re: Gaggia Classic - Pre 2009 machines are they better
Welcome to CG.
Sorry, I do not know that there are any differences. I believe that all of the parts cross reference, so any repairs will be with existing parts. Mine is made 2011 and seems fine. If I found a local one for that price, I would go inspect it and see it heat. If it seems good, you got a great deal. Most ebay stuff will be site unseen.
brianl Senior Member Joined: 1 Dec 2012 Posts: 442 Location: Chicago IL Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Gaggia Classic (w/PID) Grinder: Baratza Vario Drip: chemex
Posted Mon May 12, 2014, 9:38am Subject: Re: Gaggia Classic - Pre 2009 machines are they better
I think it's just minor things with the solenoid valve. Mostly its just a matter of 'who' makes it. I've generally heard that Gaggia made them a little better than phillips but I don't know if it's worth the markup.
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