My experience with ARF's has been good.
I haven't had as many as some, I tend to find what I like and stick with it for a long time.
In fact, my last new balsa arf purchase was in March of '08.
It is a 50cc Yak 55 with a Chinese engine, both are still going strong today with over 600 flights.
And I fly it hard, half IMAC style with a lot of snaps and spins, and half 3d.
I still have a GP Venus, bought in spring '04, with a couple hundred flights, still looks nearly new and flies great.
I've had 4 Extreme Flight planes, all excellent construction, although after many crashes and rebuilds, none are flying today.
Other arfs have come and gone, some sold, some destroyed, but I can say none of them have been a problem, no wings folding,
no motor mounts flying off, etc.
To the OP,
In this thread, I haven't noticed any arfers say you are less of a person for wanting to ''roll your own''.
I have seen a few, however, who seem to feel that those who fly arfs are somehow inferior to the stickbuilder set.[:@]