I have had one for 3.5 years and I love it. My brother worked for Frigidaire and I bought one of their scratch n dents off the line (both washer and dryer) and of course, as usual, can not see any scratches or dents!
I have never had a mold issue but i never leave the door closed unless there are clothes in there. Mine also only goes into safety lock down if it moves into a spin cycle. the only time i have ever needed to stop it mid-cycle was to throw extra clothes in that i forgot, which doesn't happen often, or when i was felting....which i can do though it does take longer than most i suppose. It is much more energy efficient, less water, less detergent, less wear and tear on the world! I bought one of those giant 200 oz bottles of detergent more than three years ago and i FINALLY ran out of detergent a couple of months ago. and i do laundry ALL the time so it isn't like it isn't because i don't have kids around dirtying up the joint...i probably do as many loads of laundry as the average 3-4 person house hold (yeah i really do forget to take the laundry out of the machine...lol)
as far as why your clothes may be wetter with your new LG machine, one thing my brother told me when he installed this one was that if you don't do full-ish loads it won't spin out properly...so if you are doing small loads let me suggest putting in some heavier loads!
My name brand is actually Electrolux. LOVE IT!!!!