Summary: With a 1 year warranty this microwave lasted, of course, 13 months. Used to trust GE, but I'll be looking elsewhere for a new microwave and everything else for that matter. Problem is I read the bad reviews before I purchased it but figured it would at least last a couple of years, but instead just 1 month past the warranty period. Strongly suggest you do not purchase at least this model, think I'll try another company myself.
Summary: Microwave itself: Previous model lasted 12 years, so this was an obvious choice. Plus I didn't want to struggle with the mount or dimensions etc. Pros: vent fan - auto on; surface light has 2 intensities; comes with a steel grill for 2 level cooking; vent fan sounds louder. Cons: Power level seems to be lower (same quantity of coffee takes longer to heat up!); does not come with a charcoal filter P.S. The wall mount is screwed to the back of the microwave.
Summary: The door wants to catch. When you push the numbers on the keyboard, they seem cheap. You have to push hard for them to work right. This is the second one of same microwave we've had. Purchased it so wouldn't have to remount hardware. This second one seems like it's a reject or a second that a store is trying to get rid of.
Summary: WE had a GE microwave oven burst into flames for no apparent reason. My wife was reheating cup of coffee when the fire occurred. She cut the power and the flame immediately stopped. Her quick thinking averted what could have been a nasty housefire. It was a 2 year old GE Spacemaker Model JVM 1540DP1WW. Our previous Microwave was a similar model GE Spacemaker which quit working at age 3, but did not catch fire. GE assigned a case # 1316274 I sent a report to the USPSC.
Summary: Our Spacemaker over-the-range microwave oven was made in August 2012. It is now March 2014. The microwave died six months after the warranty expired. The repair bill costs more than the unit. I honestly cannot understand how GE can sell this. Clearly, it is just slapped together in China with no quality control and no useful warranty. DO NOT BUY THIS GARBAGE. It looks nice but isn't.
Summary: We own this microwave in black. Installed in 2010, slow to cook for 3 years, and finally broke in 2013 - magnetron went out. Too costly to repair, so replaced with a Whirlpool unit (fingers crossed). 3 years for an appliance that requires install - WHAT A JOKE! I also had a GE range break in less than 3 years. I own multiple rental houses and used to count on GE. Now I will NEVER buy a GE appliance again!
Summary: This microwave came with my apartment (mine is model JVM1540DM4WW, but it looks identical to this one), and it totally blew away my expectations of what a good microwave should be. It cooks quickly and evenly (everything takes about half as long as it did in my old microwave), the button options are good (I use the "Express Cook" buttons all the time), the bright and dim surface light options are nice, the shelf inside is pretty cool (even though I never cook that much...
Summary: Good sized microwave with large carousel and shelf. Installed in a rental about 3 years ago. The handle recently broke off at both top and bottom, taking a chunk of the trim with with. Had the trim piece not broken, I could have replaced the handle (although they could make it easier -- you have to pry off a flimsy piece of plastic to get at the screws, and the plastic is prone to breaking during the process).