I came across this very reel today in our local Lidl at a bargain €13 (approx' £10.40) and the 5000 a Euro more expensive. Curiosity got the better of me and so I put the 3000 in my trolley intending to give it a good going over in the car park and if it was crappy take it straight back. Unlike Decathalon you don't get to try stuff at Lidl.
So, in the car I opened the box and had a good play with it. Surprisingly he reel is of metal construction as are the two spools. It reminds me of my Shakespeare Cypry in feel and design. The Cypry I have had for about 6 or 7 years cost me around £15 from Bennetts of Sheffield and still performs as it should. I think they now retail around £22 and seem to be similar if not the same as offerings from Abu Garcia, Fladen and Mitchell .
The Crivit reel turns smoothly and the bail arm returns with a satisfying clunk. No tinniness there and the bait runner mechanism also works as quietly and effectively as my Shimano Aeros and Daiwa Z5000BR reels. There is an over sized line roller too. As for build quality; there are one or two little things that you wouldn't find on a Daiwa or Shimano. A rivet in the handle isn't finished off properly. There is a slight imbalance in the handle and the gap between the back of the rotor and the body is slightly wider than in my other reels of the same size, and the gap is variable as the rotor turns. This may be a problem for dirt and grit ingress. We shall see. Anyway, it passed the initial inspection and was taken home.
Back at the house I loaded it with line. According to the spec' it should take 220 metres of 0.25mm line and that is what I put on the spool. Well, 0.25mm in the shape of Ultima 6lb line and you'll have to guess how much went on. I loaded the reel to the lip of the rear of the spool which left about 2 or 3 mm of lip at the front. The reel ran smoothly and the line lay is acceptable. According to the blurb on the reel the retrieve ratio is 5.5:1, but I reckon that is slightly over stated. I got 5.25 per turn of the handle and the rotor goes clockwise so no problem fingering the line during casting for right handed anglers. The handle does swap for lefties and there is a usable line clip on each spool. The bait runner drag works fine and can be set very light and whilst the front drag isn't the smoothest in the world it is adequate.
I haven't used it yet. Maybe it will fall apart. Maybe it will jam at a critical moment. Maybe it won't last three years and I'll have to take it back for a refund. But for little over a tenner I'll take that chance. And it looks great in my Aldi fishing bag