That guy's rifle might have had some problems. If he has such a great rifle for the price, then he should not have been so frustrated with you, should he? A really good rifle for the price can sell in the right market location/conditions.
A guy on another website stated that he worked at Century and the worst problems they had were with the Hesse receiver CETMEs.
Complaints about many older CETMEs were so numerous on about seven websites, along with problems reloading the brass (economically), that I decided to be honest with myself and plan on getting an M-1 Garand from the CMP this winter/spring instead.
After standing in the E and F Company fox holes outside Bastogne, Belgium last spring on a guided tour, the motivation to buy The classic US semi-auto battle rifle began to grow on me.
Just beginning to learn reloading (no gear yet) combined with being still a bit of a novice with guns, the CETME situation appears to have far too many potential hang-ups, except for people quite experienced with .308 or other semi-auto 'battle rifles'.