Dude, I got my original phat PlayStation 2 (SCPH-39001) way back in December '01. I was just five years old, and it was my first console.
And I STILL have it!!! IT RUNS GREAT!!!! To think that I have had it for so long, and it's still in such great condition... Just shows that I take care of my baby. I have never had any real problems with it. I'll admit that I have opened it up before, but only to clean it. I've opened it less than ten times, and all of those were in the past year.
So let's see... I left it untouched for seven years, removed the faceplate for the swap trick (not really a modification) in its eighth year, and only just now actually opened it in 2010...
I guess i know how to take REALLY good care of my PS2. I just wish I could say the same for my poor Dreamcast... (I tore the laser ribbon cable when attempting the CD-RW mod)
TEH PS2 RULEZ!!!! Keep it alive, Sony!!! If you kill the PS2 any time soon, I will kill YOU!!!