Repair or Replace Asko W6021?
Over 7 years ago my wife and I purchased an Asko W6021 FL washer with matching dryer. We have probably put on average from 8-12 loads of laundry a week through the machines. The dryer is running fine, but the washer has gone on the fritz twice. Two years ago we had to have the main controller board replaced. Our washer stopped working again a little over a week ago. I spoke with a repair technician from the company that serviced our machine the previous time. He said my problem sounds exactly like a worn-out motor that needs replacing. With tax he estimates the repair will be close to $500 for part, labour, and taxes. The controller board replacement cost about the same. I would just like to have this washer repaired. But as much as I have liked this washer and the way it works, my wife would just like to have the washer replaced. She declared that she has never liked our washer. She would prefer to go back to a simple TL machine from traditional brands (Maytag, Whirlpool, Kenmore, etc.) with simple, hard-to-mess-up controls.
It seems the problem with that idea is that relatively few old-style top loaders exist any more, and most of those that do don't seem to be getting good reviews from review sites or publications or from users. I haven't read very much about the latest FL and HE TL washers that inspire confidence regarding quality and reliability. Also, given my wife's aversion to reading instruction manuals, I'm not sure the newer machines, which require users to read the instructions, will fit the bill either. I will probably purchase an extended warranty if we get a machine that has only a one-year manufacturer's warranty. I figure that if I do this then even the cheapest washer will cost almost double the estimated repair cost once I factor in the delivery/set up/removal fees plus taxes.
I figure that either a Whirlpool TL w/ agitator or Huebsch/Speed Queen TL will be the models that fit the bill. As fate would have it, I have been using coin-operated Huebsch/Speed Queen washers in my housing complex's common area until the washer situation is resolved. I have been fairly pleased with the results I've gotten after doing 10 loads of laundry with those machines.
I am looking for feedback as to what people think might be the best approach to solving this problem. Your thoughts will be appreciated.