I was over a customers house about 2 months ago. She was using a washboard and handwashing her clothes because she couldn't afford to fix it for 3 months. She had an old tried and true belt drive in mint shape, needed a wigwag and a drain elbow. You could get a washboard, and line dry clothes. Cant' get simpler or cheaper than that! Ha Ha
Seriously, I agree with you JW, Roper or any direct drive on sale. I personally have a 23 year old whirlpool washer and dryer. In 23 years, only things I have changed were coils, belt on dryer, and 2 couplings, a set of dogs and a lid switch on the washer. The reason?? I have engrained into the wife's head not to overload.
I always tell my customers this and not to be too quick to get rid of a perfectly good washer for a Fancy front loader that will cost and arm, a leg and an ear to fix.