So - context:
1) Replacement parts were $100-150; which led me to think "Gee, I can do this!"
2) Reviewed video and decided "Nope" because of the time and effort needed.
3) Contacted local repair person(s) who stated (even after I told them what the problem was) they wanted to come on site. Finally, one gave me a ballpark $700-900 figure parts and labor,
4) Ordered new machine with a net cost less than the repair price thanks to my company's program to replace older appliances with newer (and hopefully more efficient) appliances
I realize that there is a landfill issue, but that is a secondary or tertiary issue when compared to having no washer over the holiday season (and a very upset spousal unit!). By contrast, when our dryer stopped drying a few months later, all it took was $45 in parts and about an hour of my time to replace two sensors and a heating element. Dryer now works properly.
I would rather that firms spend a little thought up front to make the current state of the art last a little longer, especially now that prices are getting into the ridiculous range.