I've gone online and found that these things are notorious for bearing failure and dumping transmissions. The cost to fix is more than the washer is worth, plus it's likely it will do the same thing....same factory parts....within another 2 or 3 years. Extended service warranties are usually just a cash cow for the manufacturers so I never get them. This is one time I wish I had.
Remember the day when you'd buy a Kenmore washer and dryer (made by Whirlpool) and they would last 15-20 years with minimal, usually do-it-yourself maintenance?
I certainly don't remember mom looking like this! (And if Donna Reed had been my mom, I guarantee I would have noticed.)
Think about it....all it does is jump up and down for a while, then spin round and round for a while. (The washer, not mom.) Big whoop. You'd think they would have perfected them by now.
I've gone to Consumer Reports to get the low-down on which one I should buy next, but looking at the customer reviews, even for the highest rated models, nobody seems too happy with any brand/model. And if you look at the "how long have you owned this washer" question, most say less than one year. ONE YEAR? Really? They can't keep a $1,000 washer glued together for a year? *shaking head*
I think I'm gonna take my FIL's advice and just buy the cheapest one I can find. The more expensive and complicated they are, the more features they have (that nobody uses anyway), the more trouble they are. A washing machine shouldn't need a "mother board", for cryin' out loud. They're making these things waaaaay too complicated.