That compact Whirlpool that you mention, I believe is the World Washer Design that I think this new VMW platform is somewhat based upon, (I just trashed one of those that had a leaking seal and bad bearings).
Our local/friendly used machine resellers/recycler (Not really competitor, they don't do in home service. That is all we do.) has called the VMW designed machines the world machines since they have came on the market. It's getting to the point we tell our customers up front that this machine isn't a good design. about 50% of the repairs get a call back on this.
The other day we went out, replaced a belt, and transmission pulley. Nut was on the floor. Just to learn, while testing it, the bearings were shot on it.... ugh...
Edited by micabay, Yesterday, 10:53 AM.