yes it fills, it take a very long time. for instance when starting from square one and it starts a fresh water wash it can take forever finally it will wash then stops starts to fill for the next cycle but again it takes for ever. The water pressure is fine from the mains and I swoped the cold inlet to check but the sound of water entering the machine is slow and low. it fanally fills but then it seems as though the timer has given up and you have to nudge it a segment to start again. This happens every sequence.From the point of view of age my wife and I were trying to work this out last night, all i have is the label off the machine numbers are SMS5032GB/11 and FD 7311 054622 we think it is about 12 years old.