Hi there, new to the forum, but have used the info in the past. I didn't see any way to search the site for a question like this, but if you could help I would appreciate it. My top loading kenmore is getting old and it sounds like the direct drive transmission is about to whirl its last. Should I replace it with another top loader or be looking at a front loader? If a front loader, which brand or model would you recommend? I can do some minor repairs myself, (I am a retired refrigeration mechanic), but wanted something reliable. You guys are the best source as you actually get to see the machines in the field. Thanks in advance!