I have meters from the 1930s (literally) that are still active and lively. I've got selenium meters that are dead. A lot of it depends on how well they were kept. Humidity kills cells. Dirt and grit foul meter movements. Dropping them doesn't do them any good at all.

It's a good idea to check any meter against a known-good one for accuracy across the range you expect to use it. Any meter, expensive, cheap, old, new, can be off.