Heather, don't get me wrong, I think the older Leicas are wonderful. I played a bit with an M5 and I think it's fine, I just never enjoyed loading these things. Great fun to shoot though.
But... my broader question is, how does anybody expect the company to stay afloat when everybody is using decades-old used cameras! Why not get a new one or get a ZI or bessa if the new Leicas are out of your range.
We need to encourage purchases of new cameras rather than rehashing all the various issues of decades-old ones... that's my thesis No PM flames, please, I have the well-being of the current film camera industry at heart!