I have to replace my current pool pump, a Hayward 3400VSP, as the drive has went out again (2nd time) and I have already replaced 4 motors. The unit is only 8 years old. Is this normal? What is the average life expectancy on a pool pump?

I am looking for recommendations on a new pump to buy. I'm noty sure if I want to buy another Hayward, since I had so much trouble out of this pump. Any recommendations on a good variable speed pump that last longer?