Just got me GBLE last night. 396/500. August 2/2016 date on back.
Before turning on we checked all connectors and most of the nuts and screws on the topside. There were several connectors that needed to be pushed in fully and several nuts/screws that needed turns (not bad overall).
I did notice someone at the stern factory busted out the sharpie to cover up some damage to the head trim.
We played about 30 games last night.
Slimer: I do have "Slimer drag" and the beginnings of wear on the metal. He registers hits 97% of the time so I'm happy with that. Going to try the Mitch washer fix.
Ghosting: I see 2 inserts ghosting so far.
Drop targets: I needed to lower both of them as they were above the playfield a bit. No big deal. They drop just fine. No issues there.
Negative reinforcement insert: correct spelling
Guide rails: Not sure if mine are the original height or the new height but we had several balls hop over.
Full plunge feed: I do get some rejects but I think a green spring solves that from what I have read so no biggie there.
I did add mylar to the side rails to prevent the lockbar from damaging them.
Lollypop rails. I have the mismatched pair.
Odd issue: One time an airball got stuck on the left plastic. The ball save kicked in and the vibration freed it but shortly after the display read "resetting" or "shutting down" or something like that and the machine reset itself. At the time of the reset Slimer was to the far left which looked odd since I had never seen him that far left before. Not sure if that is relevant or not. After the reset, the high scores we had just put up were deleted. Anyone have this happen? and/or know what the heck happened?
Airballs: Check. Plenty of those.
Captive ball wireform: I think mine is fine. Can someone let me know if mine is the original gauge. I think I read newer GBLE's have a thicker gauge wireform.
Missing screw/washer: After about 5 games a screw and washer came flying from somewhere. 3 of us looked diligently for 5 min and could not find where they belong?
Subway ramp: So far so good.
Playfield damage: See the pic with the negative reinforcement on ESP ability insert. Not sure what is going on there?
Let me know what else to look for or if I missed anything. If you have any questions feel free to ask.