I have two, one four years old (VS200) and one three (VS250).
I had to spend $290 to get my 200 fixed a year after I bought it. (a little banged up, but not abused). When I complained about the repair price for the "indestructable" reel the response fron the guy at Van Stall was "hey even a $70,000 Mercedes breaks down" My response was "yeah, but it probably doesn't cost $35,000 to fix it"
I paid my $290, which makes the the proud owner of a $750 reel, that I haven't used in two years.
Which by the way has since locked up and won't crank.
I'll stick with the Penns or Okuma reels. They may not work well under water in Montauk or handel the sand well, But I won't give Van Zebco another dime.