The one Taurus I have owned was a PT1911 in 9mm. Always ran flawless, lots of standard features for a 1911. Decided I wasnt all into 1911's and traded it for an XDM.
My take on Taurus is like this, they make a lot of guns in the lower price point. People new to firearms probably shop for them like most things, cheaper is better. If you are new to firearms there are many ways you can make a gun not work, not cleaning it, limp wristing etc, so now you complain to everybody how bad your Taurus is when it may not be the gun at all. Anything mass produced can have problems but I dont know of a manufacturer that has a 100% problem free track record.