I thinking that few of the folks posting here have been Motorguide owners in the past.
The Minn Kota is far and away quieter than the motorquides I've had on previous boats. Yes, I've bent the "unbreakable" shaft twice, had to replace the plastic parts another poster referenced, have to apply grease to the pivot points and lock mechanism. Still yet I'll replace it with another Minn Kota if or when I feel the need to. It's been a great product, never failed me at the lake. Love the "return to center" feature on the foot control. (still don't know how that works?)
'06 Triton Bassmaster Classic TR21X