I think a lot of the hate came from the fact that quite a few 3cyl E's had spongy brake syndrome. Also, In my experience, Indian metals are not really that great, so I think people assumed that they were bad for that reason as well.I have a 5075e and it does everything I have asked it to do so far. It has around 400 hours on it now and I have worked it pretty good so far. I run a New Holland 575 baler, a 10 foot swather and a 7 ft snow blade in the winter. I might some day sell the 5075e and purchase a larger tractor simply because my equipment keeps growing in size, but so far I have no plans to do that.
As others have said, it all depends on what you will be doing. Don't purchase a more expensive M series tractor if you won't use it to its full potential. I farm around 60-70 acres of alfalfa and grass hay and the 5075e has more than enough power and features to keep me going all day long. The 2.9L John Deere uses in these tractors have stood the test of time and they use them in A LOT of their equipment. I have not heard of any issues with these engines so I wouldn't be afraid to purchase one again. The most hours I have seen on one so far is around 4000, but that was on a 2012 model if I remember right.
I am not sure why people claim the 5e series from John Deere are "crap". Other than making assumptions from it being built in India I guess. I highly recommend them.
Yes, I have heard of the brake issues with these tractors as well. I live on fairly flat ground so I luckily don't need to use the brakes all that often.I think a lot of the hate came from the fact that quite a few 3cyl E's had spongy brake syndrome. Also, In my experience, Indian metals are not really that great, so I think people assumed that they were bad for that reason as well.