Maytag Performa washing machine is the most cheaply and poorly constructed poc i have ever owned. clips barely thicker than a paper clip are used to hold a lot of the tubes in place. a few came loose after only about a week. the timer knob rattles like crazy it recently sounded like a freight train in the house and it was the pump that went bad, had to spend 70 bucks for a pump and a new belt. now i hear new grinding/squealing noises. gee what a suprise. something else is ready to break. ive been disappointed with this "great Maytag quality" since day one. (only 7 years ago!) i wouldnt take another maytag if someone offered me one for free. the kicker is that the washing machine that was in this house that i "upgraded" (LOL) to Maytags great quality and reputation was 40 years old!! (it started leaking) hey you read all this huh? thanks for listening. im thinking about what good, quality, durable, long lasting wash machine to get next. 8 years of service is too much to ask of a maytag i guess.