Thank you all for the very informative website.
I have searched through quite a few of the other posts and can see that the WD12 is not the best machine in the world so no surprises that mine is playing up.
The issue with my machine is that on setting 3 the machine fills with water but then immediately the drain pump kicks in and drains all the water. It then starts filling again and seems to go in to the normal washing cycle.
Occasionally I do get the flashing 8 lights and spinning dial but after I reset the machine it stops the flashing 8 and goes into the above cycle of fill-drain-fill.
I have not tried it on settings other than number 3.
I have called an engineer due out next Monday but I was wandering if it was something simple that I could fix saving the engineer the journey and myself a few quid.
Number on the back of the machine...
Type number = LVA2000c
Made in Italy 2003
31 129 308273688