by Mike Sherwood
We purchased this Maytag for $449 in October of 2004 because of it's simplicity and straight forward approach. No extra bells and whistles to go wrong. Well, it turns out this model is a lemon.
In June of 2007, the transmission went out as did the triple seal kit. Grease got over several loads of laundry, spotting some expensive whites. That was fixed, but with an out of pocket expense of $120. Now, one year later, the transmission and seal kit have gone south, throwing oil all over loads again.
The repair guy came out and said, yup, the transmission and seal kit needed replacing again, only this time they won't cover the seal kit, so the total bill would be $200. The repair guy said that this model has had a LOT of problems, requiring transmission repairs galore.
So, within 4 years, this thing needs replacing, totally. I am not going to pour another $200 into a bad machine. Maytag has got to be kidding if they think people are going to plunk down $400-$500 for a washing machine only to have it break down so totally and so quickly.
My last washing machine lasted 17 years. My mothers washing machine lasted 19 years already. So this Maytag lasting for 4 years before needing replacing... you have got to be kidding me Maytag. I won't be replacing the transmission, only to have it break in another year... no, I am getting another washing machine and it won't be a Maytag