I think the manufacturers need to cheapen the cost of making appliances anyway they can because most consumers buy on price and its hard to compete with the developing worlds imports.
And the older machines were better I have a big old hoover top loader in the shed still running fine, it was my mum's it was new when I lived at home as a teenager and I have been now married 35 years and raised my own family.
It occasionally springs a leak because the hoses are that old the rubber is perishing, but amazingly i can still find those perishable items for a pittance on the web. But next time something happens it will be permanently retired.
I have a Chef 2000 new fangled stove with a digital clock timer and was fan forced, we fitted in our house when we built it in 1986 it still works perfectly with no problems all these years, it was made in Gordon st Footscray.