I have thought more than twice before I bought each one of my ten Taurus handguns...almost to the point of obsessing each time because I don't have a bunch of discretionary funds. Have had issues with a couple of them - one was back in my hands FIVE days later at $0 cost to me, the other was a little frustrating and took about six weeks and two trips to be resolved.
...Did I mention I have purchased TEN Taurus handguns?
Based on my experience, when VALUE matters most I will look to Taurus first. If I'm flush with cash and money isn't a factor I'll pick up a Nighthawk Custom or Les Baer, but I am a VERY happy Taurus customer. (Especially happy with my two PT1911's)