Summary: This is my first experience with an espresso machine and I just love it. I was very wary after reading some of the reviews, which made me really read and adhere to the instructions and I had no problems with it. I also read a little book called Espresso Making Perfection by Antonio Verona which gave me a few helpful tips. I always run it through once before making the first cup to warm everything up and the coffee is always nice and hot.
Summary: i actually had bought this 2 or 3 years ago on amazon, and it lasted about 1 year (that's with regular cleaning, 8 cups of coffee per day... well that does equal 2,920 coffees). A great beginner model. I had two other delonghi machines (the EC710), which is basically the same in a different shell (which is slightly bigger). good price also, and spare parts easy-ish to find (though you might as well buy another one!).