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Post# 514975   5/1/2011 at 17:34 (4,605 days old) by servisslimline (England, Brighton & Hove)        

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hi there, just been having a look throgh ebay as i usually do and i keep spotting these zanussi nexus washers every now and then, id love to have a set in almond but i want to know how good they are and if its really worth getting a set later on

Post# 514977 , Reply# 1   5/1/2011 at 17:47 (4,605 days old) by aegokocarat (United Kingdom)        

hay Phil! you know i dont like the newer zanussi's but i like the older ones and this one is actually in my like list and they are gr8 machines! they work on a simular wash system as my skinny zanussi washing machine. sadly my skinny zanussi dosentr ave its origional plug but the origional plug is clipped to the back of it so i will always have it! the almond nexus machinres are super rare! you should go for it!
Tom =]

Post# 514986 , Reply# 2   5/1/2011 at 18:37 (4,605 days old) by hoover1100 (U.K.)        

They aren't a patch on eariler (pre-1991) machines, but they are pretty good and I guess in a few years they will be almost old enough to be considered 'vintage'! (How time flies!)

They are notorious for becoming horrendously unbalanced and shaking/jumping/walking all over the place, and often seem to suffer from interlock issues, but overall I guess they were pretty well made by the standards of some modern machines.

I must admit, the white ones are fairly common but almond seem few and far between, the colour was rather out of fashion by the time these machines were sold though!


Post# 514990 , Reply# 3   5/1/2011 at 19:01 (4,605 days old) by servisslimline (England, Brighton & Hove)        

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are they better than my current zanussi, the fla1002w?

Post# 514995 , Reply# 4   5/1/2011 at 19:18 (4,605 days old) by aegokocarat (United Kingdom)        

way better! well, water level wise

Post# 514996 , Reply# 5   5/1/2011 at 19:23 (4,605 days old) by hoover1100 (U.K.)        

I'd personally say no.

I think the later machines are a lot more refined and a lot of the problems with the earlier machines had been ironed out.

They seem a bit more stable on spin too.

Other than that mechanically I don't think they're that different.


Post# 515091 , Reply# 6   5/2/2011 at 01:34 (4,605 days old) by Haxisfan (Europe - UK / Italy)        
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Hey... I never knew that Zanussi Nexus came in that colour! I had a white Nexus till 2004, my friend bought it in 1997 and we sold it on eBay in 2004.

Some1 suggested water levels... yeah... no problem when it comes to that! However, depending on the model it might be more or less suitable for a headache when it happens to deal with an unbalanced load on spin. Mine was horrid… not just for that… it was totally inflexible as to programme choice, however, it was fairly faithful and it was sold fully working.

It only developed a problem in the last year of ownership (approx 7 years of age), a small plastic dowel from the programmer designed to push a mechanism to move the water jet between the 3 departments in the detergent drawer had snapped, so it was no longer possible to prewash (not that I ever did with that washer) not to add fabric conditioner in advance. However this issue was solved simply by the insertion of a self tapping screw in place of the missing plastic pin.

Is what I see in your profile picture a Bendix washing machine? I had one of those... indestructible!

Post# 515106 , Reply# 7   5/2/2011 at 04:53 (4,605 days old) by servisslimline (England, Brighton & Hove)        
is that a bendix

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yes its my 7128, what are the nexus's like with wash times and do they add softner early like on first rinse like my fla1002w?

Post# 515114 , Reply# 8   5/2/2011 at 06:09 (4,605 days old) by hoover1100 (U.K.)        
wash times and softner

If your machine is adding softener before final rinse then there is a fault.

The wash times will be shorter, but the result of that is the wash results are probably not quite as good.


Post# 515120 , Reply# 9   5/2/2011 at 06:26 (4,605 days old) by Haxisfan (Europe - UK / Italy)        
I might know the model number...

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You can download the user's manual for that Nexus you're looking at, I'm not 100% sure what the model number is but you can find the manual for FL1084AL on Zanussi's site (link below) which is probably very similar or it's the very one.

That machine is a hot and cold fill model, virtually the same as my old Zanussi except for those lovely options that my model didn't have. The wash times would be quite flexible because you have the Economy feature which boosts your cycle choice. This also has an added cycle at the end of the synthetics section which lets you spin your items gently: in mine instead it stopped and I had to use the manual spin cycle. The softner should be taken on the last rinse provided that everything is in order.

The only thing you might find disappointing (on top of the other issues suggested above) would be the fact that you won't have the use of cold or cool cycles (30 degrees) as the only programme at 30 degrees is totally useless due to the extremely short duration of the main wash. The 40 degrees cycles are on the short side too but they seem fairly appropriate, especially for a load of dark garments.

Bye now.


Post# 515162 , Reply# 10   5/2/2011 at 09:53 (4,605 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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Not exactly sure if it was the Nexus or the 70% sure Aqua Cycle machines that had the extra quick & clean dial on certain models. The Nexus & Aqua Cycle machines were a far more exiting range than the boring same old looking Electrolux Zanussi range of today.

Post# 515174 , Reply# 11   5/2/2011 at 10:27 (4,605 days old) by AquaCycle (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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We had a Jetsystem in this style from 1995 - 2006. 11 years and no repairs isn't bad at all by todays standards. Wash results were excellent, but as Matt said it did become very shakey in the end and the bearings went eventually. This was after 11 years of constant use for a family of 6, mind you. I still say that was the best washer my parents ever had

Post# 515176 , Reply# 12   5/2/2011 at 10:50 (4,605 days old) by newwave1 (Lincoln, United Kingdom)        

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I would rather have a zanussi nexus than the zanussi essential I have now! My friend had that same model in the pic the FL1084/al which was gorgeous in person. I've always loved that oldschool colour. It washed day in day out for a family of 4 and they replaced when it started to leak with a Hotpoint WMA in that metalic sort of shelly modern version of almond which was only around for the first range.

These zanussi's would spin regardless. However when my older zanussi with the solid drum paddles would spin majorly out of balance the machine wouldn't move. My later jetsystem from the range before the nexus range did tend to walk slightly.


Post# 515348 , Reply# 13   5/3/2011 at 00:07 (4,604 days old) by FL1012 ()        

As many people have mentioned, it will more than likely get the shakes during the spin - this trait seems to effect any Zanussi machine made from when they introduced the Nexus Tub (not to be confused with Nexus model name), which started with the light grey facia models like the FJ1033 etc around 1990/1 onwards.

Im not sure if the Nexus model being discussed has an out of balance sensor, but if it does then the machine doesn't take much notice of it, they still jump about a fair bit! The house we moved into in September has the Washer Dryer version of your current FLA1002W - this has a balance sensor, but the machine tends to spin regardless unless the OOB is major. It often ends up sat at an angle in the middle of the Utility Room, as did our Electrolux Premier washer of the same era a few years back. I wouldn't let this trait concern you though, as apart from the racket they make when out of balance, they don't seem to break as a result of it.

The water levels should be marginally higher than your FLA1002W, but from watching videos and seeing my Grans Tricity Bendix AW405 of the same era in action, they don't top up enough when needed, so some loads wash in alot less water than others. Our newer WDA1055W seems to go out of its way to top up - it's not uncommon for it to top up 4 or 5 times at start of the wash. I would imagine your FLA1002W is similarly sensitive on water levels?

Programming i cannot help with i'm afraid, but i suspect it'll take somewhere between the length of my 1988 FL1012 (Cottons 40 in 1 hour) and our WDA1055W (Cottons 40 in 1hr 45).

Personally if i were going for a Zanussi machine of this era i'd go for the more interesting FJ1295 or (minor facelifted) FL1296, as these have Jetsystem & therefore the lower water consumption is negated by the spraying of water from the Jetsystem. I don't think you'll find an Almond version of these though.


Post# 515350 , Reply# 14   5/3/2011 at 00:19 (4,604 days old) by FL1012 ()        
Quick N Clean

Optima mentioned the Quick N Clean models. These were available on the Nexus style machines and the later (slightly facelifted) Aquacycle machines.

The initial range roughly comprised of:

*Delta (using older cabinet with rectangular filter door like some Tricity Bendix machines)

*Nexus (800rpm & 1000rpm. Ive seen some with just one option button and others with 4 buttons)

*Quick N Clean (similar to Nexus but with soil level selector dial)

*Jetsystem (with Jetsystem now through a single spray spout rather than through the drum holes like in previous models. Also Pop-In, Pop-Out dials)

*Directa (digital push-button controls)

The photo below shows the Jetsystem FJ1295 from this range.

Post# 515351 , Reply# 15   5/3/2011 at 00:32 (4,604 days old) by FL1012 ()        

The range underwent a facelift, during which time the Nexus (and i believe Delta) names were dropped. The coloured stripes across the option buttons were removed, the dials got slightly curved fronts instead of the flat finish shown in the above photo, and the cabinet edges were 'rounded off'. See the photo below of a Jetsystem Excel FJS1397W, of which the changes were more visually dramatic than on lower models.

The new range consisted of the following models:

*Aquacycle (new name for Nexus - ive only seen 4 button machines)

*Sensorcycle (a new 3 button machine with Automatic Half Load - fairly rare)

*Quick N Clean (as before but with the updated styling to fit the rest of the range)

*Jetsystem Excell (totally new facia with program info on curved panel at the top)

Im not sure if Directa models continued at this point. Maybe someone could clarify.


Post# 515352 , Reply# 16   5/3/2011 at 00:35 (4,604 days old) by FL1012 ()        

This model appears to sit somewhere between the two ranges as it incorporates the curved dials & rounded off cabinet of later models, but keeps the stripes across the option buttons and the text styles used on older models, ie the font for Jetsystem (although very faded here) is the same as early Jetsystem & Nexus models, etc.

See photo below.

Post# 515353 , Reply# 17   5/3/2011 at 00:37 (4,604 days old) by FL1012 ()        

After the facelifted models like the FJS1397W shown in my second photo, the range was completely revised, which was when the FLA1002W range of machines was introduced (around Year 2000), complete with Yellow power button.

Hope this helps,


Post# 515428 , Reply# 18   5/3/2011 at 12:22 (4,604 days old) by ultimafan ()        

The successor to the Zanussi Directa was the Zanussi Input (not Input System) which had top spins of 1200 and 1500. They were the first models with XC styling, and remained until 2000 when the entire range got the XC styling. A dead ringer for this series is that it had the same dispenser drawer.

Post# 515445 , Reply# 19   5/3/2011 at 13:18 (4,603 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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The FJ1296 That was the washer i had about 7 years ago. Very mixed views about it the things i loved about it were the Styling , Extra deep soap dispenser which was easy to remove & clean. The Boil wash programme combined with the quick wash button the way it bypassed on the timer to save time. Loved the spin sequence on the cotton washes. The things i did not like were of course the 90% unbalanced noisy spins very rare the sensor cut in. The Worn Once programme very boring hardly any drum movement & no spins in between the rinses. Heavy soil button just basically turned off the hot water solenoid valve & filled with cold water was expecting more from this button. The static fill without tumbling & jet spraying i always thought the Jetsystem would benefit more from filling & jet spraying & tumbling at the same time. The button i am not 100% sure on is the Economy button did this button just knock the 95deg temperature down to 60deg. All in all a good machine with just a few annoying features.

Post# 515745 , Reply# 20   5/4/2011 at 23:47 (4,602 days old) by FL1012 ()        

I totally forgot about the Zanussi Input! I've seen a couple on eBay too, so i'm not sure how they slipped my mind, but thanks for pointing it out Ultimafan :)

Optima i'm very jealous of you owning an FJ1296 - it's one of a few machines that i would like to get to add to my relatively small collection. I have an Electronic Sensor dryer (TDS483EW) of a similar era & would like to get a washer to match it, but i think to get an exact match (in terms of control panel & dials) i'd have to get a Nexus-based Aquacycle, Sensorcycle or Quick N Clean washer, and none have quite the same appeal as the Jetsystems. An FJS1397W would probably be a slightly nearer match than the FJ1296/FJ1295, due to its smooth buttons (the FJ1295 & 6 have the coloured strips across them), but somehow it still feels like a much newer machine, even though only a couple of years seperate them.

Seen as i've only just picked up my latest find - a Washcraft style Electronic Sensor Dryer (Z930) to match my Washcraft (Z9292T) washer, i suppose i should wait for a while & see what shows up!


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