You do get what you pay for, but overall this machine is working out very well. I have used it for about 6 weeks, 5 days a week. The only trouble I had was that the bolt on one of the pedals came off mid-workout one day. It was a very easy fix and I was back to my workout in seconds. It could have just been that I didn't tighten the bolt enough when it was initially put together. The machine isn't fancy and probably isn't going to last for years and years, but for this price point, I would highly recommend.