It was a tough (and stressful to an extent) decision...
My decision was pretty much at the time based on a local appliance parts place that told me Maytag was starting to discontinue parts...
And again to me it was a gamble - invest some money and a lot of time to fix it myself (or pay someone a lot of money to repair), and then something else goes. And I really could not have another leak event.
In the end, $900 for the washer + 5 year warranty was worth it to me for my perception of the lower risk of leaking due to the next thing failing. (Versus $100 parts & tools (guess), plus hours of my time, with the likelihood that something else would go bad in the next couple of years)
I don't know if there is any "right" answer here to be honest. (Although had I known about washing machine drip pans I MIGHT have gone a different way)
So I have my new LG, and it does clean very well actually. It is not light on water usage either - which was one of my big concerns, so many HE washers use so little water.
I have water pressure problems, which complicate things - but am working to get those fixed.