Amana washer tub seal repair


I'm thinking that, at $300 (parts and labor), this is a senseless repair on a $400 washing machine. And I'm thinking that, based on the replacement instructions I've seen at http://www.applianceaid.com/356p3.html , this isn't something that I want to tackle on my own - it's two hours of labor for an experienced repair technician that knows all the tricks.
Anything I'm missing?
What a piece of crap this Amana washer has turned out to be.
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See if you can find a used Maytag on Craigslist.org.......if you live in / near a decently sized metro area you'll be able to find someone who's moving (or whatever) & wants to get rid of one cheap
or check w/ a local repair guy, they often have used / repaired ones cheap
or if all else fails, buy a new Maytag
cheers Bob
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Older Amana washers which show leakage at the main seal require a certain amount of skill and special tools for repair. I would suggest against trying this yourself, if only because of the frustration factor and learning curve.
Newer Amana washers are rebranded Maytags, which are actually based on Norge a Norge design. These also require specialized tools.
Maytag wash purchased by Whirlpool recently. New Maytags, perhaps under its various brand names, will probably be badge engineered Whirlpool direct drive models. In other words, if you put the Amana, Maytag, Kenmore, and Whirlpool models side by side, the inherent platform and design will be the same, although styling and features will differ by model.
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Seems like you know the guts of these things - in your opinion, what's a decent washer in the 400-500 range? Whirlpool got decent ratings in Consumer Reports.
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