Baitcaster Reels aren’t what they used to be. I still use my old garcia reels, even though they have slow gear ratio and don’t cast very well. I bought 2 garcia silver max and got about 2 years out of them. Cleaning them doesn’t help, and they are so hard to work on it’s hardly worth the trouble. They are like disposable, use a year or 2 and then throw them away. I am trying different brands, but did buy a garcia revo last year that I like so far, but it doesn’t have the flippin feature like the silver max, which is what went out on them that affected the whole reel. I tried a nice lews, but after using it one day it isn’t smooth any more and has so much drag it is annoying, but it casts good, better than any reel I ever used. Now I am trying a quantum, I like their spinning reels. So far so good, but it’s not very smooth once it gets used and gets water inside from use. I hear the bass pro tournament series is good, I plan to try those, but I am afraid all reels under $150 are like disposable, too much plastic in them. I’m afraid to pay too much, they are just too hard to clean anymore.
So I would rate the garcia silver max a 3 out of 5, it is a good reel for a couple years.