Whatever you decide to do, be sure that you're making an informed decision. Whether you opt to try your hand at DIY Maytag washing machine repair or you choose to scrap the old, worn-out unit in favor of a shinier model, it's your responsibility as a consumer to educate yourself about all of the available options.
Most people have a washing machine and have experienced a break-down in that machine at some time or another. Very often it is not until something breaks down that we really appreciate the convenience the machine affords us. Having to wash clothes by hand like grandmother did will soon send you scurrying for the phone and the spare parts manufacturer for your machine.