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POD 4-14-19 Maytag A902 washer
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Post# 1029850   4/14/2019 at 12:53 by golittlesport (California)        

Beautiful machine that I remember Granny having in her kitchen on The Beverly Hillbillies. Maytags always cost a bit more than other brands with their reputation being built on long-lasting dependability. This machine would cost you about $3500 today.

Although many Maytags ran many years without a hitch, I recall our neighbor had a late 50's model that was serviced quite a few times before she got rid of it after about six years. The straw that broke the camel's back was when it over-filled and flooded her kitchen. So there is always an exception to the rule.

Most folks would not spend $3500 for a washing machine today, and one could get into the debate about longevity vs. performance. Is it more important to get superior performance for 10 years, or average to mediocre performance for 20 years? Ideally both.

Maytags of that era provided average washing performance with a small capacity, but on the whole were dependable and relatively easy to service. Today, the Speed Queen front loader has a reputation for long-lasting dependability, but lacking a water heater, I would guess its performance is probably average at best.





Post# 1029853 , Reply# 1   4/14/2019 at 13:55 by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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I almost got a Maytag A902 set in sunny yellow for FREE, but circumstances didnít permit me to go get them, and this was in December of 2017 when SoCal had pretty bad wind storms, and the wind storms actually knocked down a 40 foot tall tree in front of my house, and it took a long time to clean up that mess

Post# 1029854 , Reply# 2   4/14/2019 at 14:01 by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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Hereís the Maytag A902 set I almost got for FREE

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Post# 1029864 , Reply# 3   4/14/2019 at 15:55 by americana4 (East Greenwich RI)        

In '82 we bought a house & were shopping for a washer. I clearly remember debating long & hard between a $500 Maytag and a GE with similar features for $350. With children coming, figured the Maytag would be best but in the end the extra $150 was a deal breaker.
After 37 years & 3 children the GE's still going strong without a single repair.
Wonder how long the Maytag would last??


Post# 1029879 , Reply# 4   4/14/2019 at 19:26 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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Hi its hard to say how the Maytag would be doing, I would guess that if the GE is still working that you are not too hard on washers and the MT would probably still be working.

 

One thing for sure your clothing is not only cleaner but it is lasting longer as well with the GE washer.

 

John





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