I have a Massey 451 the last of the Perkins diesel engine models, pre electronics and I love it. I must agree that having a servicing dealer or a dependable shop is important. I do work for folks who have modern (electronic) Case tractors and they have constant issues, I work another guy that has older (non-electronic) new holland and another that has older kubota that never give any troubles. Its sad when the 20 to 35 year old equipment is solid and dependable and the new modern stuff is a constant pain, expense and delay!
I think the phrase is designed to fail!