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Old 21 March 2010, 13:57   #11
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As expected, all our appliances have blown up over time .. I can usually get 6-7 years out of em by getting parts from www.espares.co.uk .. there hasnt been anything as yet I couldnt get bits for .. right down to main boards, facias, or a button or something, afterwhich, it often doesnt become viable.

Now I am at the point of just buying the cheapest and running it into the ground
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Old 21 March 2010, 14:46   #12
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I'd possibly buy a spare part but can't be 100% sure it's a circuit board that's gone or a sensor. I've checked all the usual suspects, so though the usual process of elimination I've narrowed it down to something on the circuit board. I'm not prepared to fork out 150 on a new one when for another 150 I could buy me a new machine and a guarantee.

I had a similar problem with our power shower a few weeks ago, the motor commutator was worn away and for a new motor and pump assembly it was 95. A new power shower was only 116!

It just doesn't seem worth repairing things these days.
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Old 21 March 2010, 15:19   #13
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It just doesn't seem worth repairing things these days.
I agree with that in principle, but if I can spend 70 quid and hold off spending 350 or so for another 18 months - 2 years .. thats worth it in my book .. that said.. as I mentioned earlier .. there comes a point when it just needs scrapped ..

I know we used to moan about built in obselesence .. but its not getting any better in the market place these days

Another method I have used is http://www.which.co.uk/ for making buying decisions .. they test and rate all the stuff you are looking for and will help make a more informed choice

*edit* tightness .... maybe its a scottish thing
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Granny Gilmore preferred "careful with money"
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Old 21 March 2010, 16:07   #15
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Aye... and right now .. the way things are .. how right they were
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Had a LG Direct drive (7kg) for 16 months after breaking down a couple of times the last time to was 182 for the part for a DIY repair, read the forums on these,
We have now gone back to a 9kg Hotpoint Aqualtis touch wood no problems yet.
We have 5 kids so it gets well used.

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We love our ISE 10: http://www.iseappliances.co.uk/index.php?id=1186065672. We really like the philosophy of the company and it's a bloomin' good, and very quiet, washing machine. The load capacity is smaller than you say you're looking for, Andy, but our Hotpoint with a 7kg capacity smashed the bearing to bits after 18 months.
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Wow 800 notes ,.. I hope it does what it says on the tin
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Bosch or Miele

Both bomb proof
miele 22 years and no repairs as yet just a fuse or 2
Bosch 8 years no repairs yet!!!
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I use a wash board and it is great my mrs broke it once and we had to get a new one but as long as the stream runs clean my work clothes are great.Hope this helps?
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