oh well in that case, eeeesh.
My dad was able to repair the old machine I mentioned, many times until the gears simply wore out. Do you know anyone who is mechanically inclined? If you don't have the money I would try to fix that one if it's worth it.
On the other hand I have a $300 top loader from Sam's Club. Check your paper for people who are moving and selling a still-good washing machine.
If you can't afford a super-nice machine then I would then find something cheap that gets the job done. At least then if it doesn't last forever you aren't out a whole lot of money. That's my take on it, after spending a lot on a lemon, I'm all about cheap or used machines now.