Dang, I'm both sorry and apprehensive to hear about your bad experience. I have one of the last clearance 145's on order. It should be here in a week or two. I spoke with Khai as well before ordering and he assured me that although the clearance machines come with no warranty, they would take care of any issues I found when I got the machine.
I have my fingers crossed that I will be able to report a better experience.