Our 17 yr old A512 is in need of its very first repair! The transmission needs to be replaced at a cost of about 50% of a new machine. Typically when something is this old, one simply replaces it. However, this unit is in great shape. The body and tub are free of rust. Only the lid has a small amount of rust. In case it matters, we're on well water with a water softener.
I understand that:
1. The most new washers aren't as trouble-free.
2. At least some of Maytag's plants have been moved to Mexico to cut costs as many of their competitors have done.
3. Maytag's current marketing objective is to compete with GE.
4. Currently, CR says that Roper, Whirlpool, and Maytag are the top three for reliability. But are the most reliable models of today, as reliable as our old A512?
Would it be wise to go ahead and have a new orbital transmission installed?
If no, which brand & model is likely to be a s trouble-free as our old A512?