Cosmetic and more expensive parts are the reasons I get rid of my Gen 5,they just looked so bad.My Gen 3 look better than the Gen 5.
I do my owe bearing job,did Troy Ameteck Big Boy,Wascomat,Super 20....Wascomat has one of easier,cheaper and best bearing system.I don't know why Wascomat no longer use stainless steel door,around the door and make better looking machines.
They went with the door you don't like for several reasons. They look bigger which customers like. They are also attached with two pins at top and bottom and unlike the older machines, these "hindges" don't break. Further, the lock mechanism is far superior on the Gen5 to the earlier machines. They almost never break and are not prone to many of the problems of the earlier locks. The drain valves are water operated and have no electric motor and gear. I am not sure what you are talking about in terms of parts costs. While you may be able to get cheap parts for older machines the newer parts are not much more and you almost never need them. Have you ever gone through the nightmare of changing a timer on a gen3 or gen4? The newer machines are all modular and you don't have to play with a million wires. The Gen5 is a much better machine hands down over the earlier machines.
We can talk about this all day,I feel Wascomat improve some stuff from Gen4 to 5 but also made a less quality machine,maybe I had some early model Gen 5,maybe my customers just kill them fast,I got ride of them and not looking back.
I do like Gen 5,6's hindges,just change one for a Gen 4 today,always keep 2 in my truck,like the no motor drain valve but not stanless steel door,around the door ,square door,that just drove me crazy,I didn't like the not fixable door lock,I heard the later model door lock can be fixed.
I know a lot laundry owners won't buy Wascomat after Gen 5, Wascomat dealers have to sell other washers to keep their door open.
Wascomat washers are in most laundromats when I started this business 16 years ago,now I see a lot different washers in market now why is Wascomat lose some of the market?
If I ever build a new store,I will check out Wascomat again and other 3,4 companies.