Well, went with the Whirlpool. New one coming Saturday. Except for the price -( it was on sale when I went back to buy it,) the whole process was pretty painless. What I saved on the dishwasher, I can pay for the installation - nice trade. And i did get the 3 year extended warranty this time.
When the SS basket lifters finally broke completely it was 14 months old - out of warranty - nobody wanted to take responsibility even though the screws were falling out, basket lifters breaking, the top slide assembly was falling apart - sounds like a manufacturing defect to me. Oh well, it's now water under the dishwasher so to speak - ;)
"Life is too short for ugly cowboys and slow horses."