Most I here badmouthing them always just fall back to MIM parts. My brother had one that was a really good build, I bought mine right after and it wasn't that good or that bad I guess, just never grew on me and I sold it. My BIL had a Taurus and I would say it was better built than my Kimber was, but not by a lot. Just little things I noticed.Side stepping here a little and I don't know why I am going here but maybe someone can explain it to me.
Here is what I don't get, the internet loves Colt is full of dislike for Kimber, but when I take a Kimber apart their machining and barrel fit up is top notch. Tooling marks are almost non existent and everyone of them I have had or shot have been accurate.
I am missing what happened to make people dislike them so much. My only real complaint is the internals are lower quality then I would expect for the money. But I think the cost is in the fitting
There are many others I like more then Kimber and I am not trying to hype them up it is just something that I don't understand when I see the two side by side. but If I want a good shooter I would take Kimber over "most" Colts any day. But for resale value, you will always get your money back out of a Colt.
Having said all of that I am not a Kimber fan boy I haven't had one forever. actually, I guess I do have one and it is a great gun. Their manufacturing is very good and the frame and slide material is of good quality.