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Washer transmission & brake bad - replace or not?

My Maytag Atlantis top load washer model MAV8551AWW has the bottom seal leaking on the transmission. The parts are covered under warranty, labor is not. Plus this has made the brake start to go bad too. Repair is $230.

What is a recommend replacement machine for long life and quality offering different cycle options?

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Kenmore elite washer,but first if you want to try to fix it yourselt look on ebay,put make and model number and see what comes up,i got a new transmission for $70 took my time taking apart then reassemble and it was pretty easy,let me know how you do-mike

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