Whirlpool LA9200W Washer On Last Legs - Seeking Replacement Advice
Posted 23 July 2012 - 07:51 PM
I sense that you have a personal investment in this issue. I am familiar with Whirlpool's battle with Korean competitors, and I agree - up to a point. I am opposed to outsourcing and "work visa" hiring that directly impacts domestic employment. This, however, is a trade issue. The U.S. benefits from trade relations with other countries; in order to be able to export our products, we must also allow imports. Did you know that Whirlpool exports 12% of its products to other countries? That they have manufacturing plants in Mexico, China, Russia, India, and Poland? Whirlpool won duties on South Korean and Mexican refrigerators in the very same month last year that they shut down an Arkansas refrigerator plant and moved production to Mexico. So I am not sure that I feel much sympathy for Whirlpool, the outsourcer. And, I'm also not convinced - based on Whirlpool's track record - that buying the Cabrios made in Clyde, Ohio will in any way help those workers to keep their jobs. No matter how many washers are sold, Whirlpool will ultimately move manufacturing wherever it is cheapest and most expedient. It would not surprise me in the least if at some point the company moves production of its washers to Korea. How would that be for irony?
But this is a laundry repair forum... not a political forum. I sought purchase advice based solely on features and ease of repair. If the Cabrio had received better ratings from CR and consumers than its Korean counterparts, then that is what I would be buying. Bottom line: if Whirlpool wants to compete in a global economy, the company should spend less time and money lobbying the Feds and invest more of its resources in making a quiet, reliable product that Americans want to buy. JMO
Posted 23 July 2012 - 08:55 PM
If you want a workhorse TLW, Check out Speed Queen. A little pricey but really strong and very repairable.
Posted 23 July 2012 - 09:05 PM
I worked on a few maytag E2lp & j2lps in my early maytag dealer service career
Posted 23 July 2012 - 09:09 PM
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