I've owned Kimbers, Springfields, Colts and the crown jewel of my WWII collection is a near-mint Remington Rand. Never had a problem with any of them. There's a reason why the U.S. military loved them for what, 75 years? In fact, the only 1911 I've recently seen problems with is a friend's new Remington R-1. Out of the box, it shot 12 inches low at 7 yards for both of us. But Remington was quick to have him return it on their dime, and it should be coming home any day now. That said, it did still go "bang" whenever you pulled the trigger.
The common complaints about 1911s (too big, too heavy, too many parts, hard to clean, etc.) led me to try the SAO version of the Sig P220, which I've always liked. Sure, there aren't too many ways to pimp it out, but hey, it's a Sig. And with a 3.9" barrel and aluminum frame and 8+1 capacity, it's my personal dream carry pistol. Call it a 1911 that cleans up like a Glock! LOL