Own four reels (#5,6,6,7), and more than ten spools ( great price point makes spare spools a simple choice). My oldest CLA has been in service for ten years and my newest is two years old. I fish them on everything from Puget Sound Searun Cutthroat to Pacific Albacore. Used a #6 and #7 in Baja for Dorado, Jacks, and insanely hard fighting Black Skipjacks with no issues. Honestly have not had a single problem with any of these reels. Know that a lot of folks view CLA's as a "compromise reel" but its a pretty sweet compromise - tough as nails, machined from 6061 aluminum alloy, smooth drag, and durable type-ll anodized finish at a very reasonable price.
Ross's newer Animas model is close in price point, will be interesting to see if it shares the CLA's can do reputation.