First let me start by saying that in general I am a real fan of Electrolux products from vacuum cleaners to their wonderful Wascomat commercial line of washers. However, anyone contemplating the purchase of a small front load washer sold under any of the above Electrolux brands in the 16 to 17 pound sizes (3.1 to 3.5 CF) should be aware that they are building them to throw away standards. As a professional repair man and owner of these machines it has come to my attention that the main support or spider hiding behind that gorgeous stainless steel basket is made of white metal which corrodes so badly that it will fail after only 5 to 6 years with a horrendous crash. Typically there will be about a quart of nasty corrosion hiding behind the basket which has been mixing with your clothes all this time.
The "spider" or basket support is removable or separable from the basket and SHOULD cost around $100.00 or so but guess what. This is where the SCAM comes in (forgetting for the moment that they should never have used "white metal" in the first place). You see they don't sell the shaft and spider by themselves even though it is easy to unbolt it from the basket. Oh no, you must buy the entire stainless steel basket along with the shaft and spider so now the price is over $470.00 for the GE brand and about $300.00 for the same exact thing under the Frigidaire and other labels!! Add to this the cost of labor to take the drum out of the cabinet and disassemble the drum and you have a repair bill over $600.00! The best price I have found new is here: Enter part # AP2107258 (copy #, click on the ad at left and paste in the part # for the very best price)
In other words they have due to their greed relegated that $600.00 to $800.00 washer to the dump. No one in their right mind is going to spend that kind of money repairing one of these machines when for about the same money or another one to two hundred bucks they can purchase a new machine.
Until Electrolux (the parent company) decides to rein in their greed I simply cannot recommend these machines. It is a shame as they are otherwise a great machine. I would love to hear from others who have run into this same problem. Maybe with enough people getting together we can change some attitudes.