Read about way too many problems to ever buy one new, I'm simply not going to take the chance.
Now having said that...if I had a friend with one I liked for sale and knew it was good to go and had a little range time with it beforehand I'd buy it. I'm not a basher, but I'm not about to ignore the experiences many people have had either. No manufacturer is ever going to 100% on quality control, but I'd buy a S&W and Ruger on faith and the Taurus I'd have to try out first.
"And remember, Abraham Lincoln didn't die in vain, he died in Washington D.C." - Firesign Theatre