Three questions for my very knowledgeable pros on this forum.
Background: I bought a Kitchen Aid KUDE70FV dishwasher in 9/2010 ($1499) and had problems with lower arm alignment and the circulation motor within the first 2 months. Kitchen Aid/Lowes replaced it with model KUDE70FX in 2/2011. No problems with the new model, until this year.
At some point recently, the second dishwasher sprung a leak (tech says it's leaking at the diverter motor). Huge mess!!!! Carpet and furniture in the adjacent bedroom ruined, Servpro had to open up the walls, blowers and dehumidifiers everywhere, 2 kitchen cabinets ruined. Judging from the surface rust and soap residue on the bottom rails of the dishwasher, and the fact that the harness is corroded, the tech thinks the leak has been going on for a while, but became progressively worse over time to the point where we were able to detect that the carpet was sopping wet. However he cannot tell us how long it might have been going on. Repair estimate is $555 (for harness and diverter plus labor), but the tech advised AGAINST repair and instead suggested we replace the unit. Since replacing vs. repair is not in his best interest, I assume he is being honest.
I have known and trusted many of you in this forum for many years and thought I'd check to see if you agree. That's question #1... Do you agree we should replace this unit rather than repair it?
Question #2... Since I've now had issues with motors on two different Kitchen Aid KUDE70F dishwashers, I am wondering how common this is. Are there known issues with these models leaking? Any recalls or published info you can point me to pertaining to this?
Question #3... If I do replace, what do you recommend? Should I get another Kitchen Aid or something else like LG? I got this model because I wanted the quietest dishwasher on the market. Bosch was actually a couple of dB less than the Kitchen Aid, but had far less internal capacity. There's a bedroom on the opposite wall - HAS to be quiet! Also has to be SS to match the other kitchen appliances. Aside from that, not much in the way of requirements. I don't need a lot of bells and whistles, just something that cleans dishes quietly.