Is poor quality control exclusively a GasGas thing? Has it always been that way, or is it a recent development?
I understand that these are minor issues, but I wouldn't want to have to do repair work before even riding my brand new bike. It annoys me enough to have to disassemble and properly grease (with just about any new bike), but disassembling the braking system is too much IMO.
That said, the fact that folks are willing to do it and even defend it speaks volumes about how good the bikes must be when working properly. I'm going to have to give one a try at some point.