Even your average machine from Maytag, Whirlpool, GE and many of the other common brands eventually will balk at the neglect. Many times, these are basic repair issues. Replacing a band or pump, for example, is pretty easy to do. A good deal of the problems don't even require repair - a quick troubleshooting, like taking a kink out of a hose is all they need at times. If it is a little more problematic, affordable washing machine parts can be purchased for these same aforementioned brands on several internet sites.
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.