Yeah I got the email, which I'll reply to directly, for others's benefit with similar problems..............
The bearing on this particular machine is no different than many others, several factors effect premature bearing failure:
1/ The bearing seal - stops water entering the bearing housing, the most common cause of bearing failure. Can be effected by, poor quality material used for the seals and drum support shafts, badly designed sealing arrangements.
2/ Poor quality bearings used in production (cost saving measures to keep appliance prices low).
3/ High spin speeds used constantly - 1600rpm is too high, you will see little difference if you reduced the speed to 1000rpm for most fabrics. High spin speed is a selling tool for retailers and manufacturers but is something us repairers will advise against in the main.
4/ Constant overloading, this coupled with all or some of the above will signifantly reduce the time it takes before bearing failure.
So, as a guide, buy a good
quality appliance with a reasonable spin speed (1200rpm maximum), do your homework by asking an engineer and/or other people with machines that have lasted a reasonable timescale without too many major repairs, and the biggest one of all, don't be pulled in by the "low price" nonsense, all applinaces are not the same as is generally thought sometimes, you get what you pay for as they say