It is now agreed that the Messiah is not the only modchip causing the v9s and v10s to die prematurely, similar cases have been found with DMS3, Matrix, etc. modchips as well. And the problem is manifest in both PAL and NTSC versions although it seems less prevalent in NTSC consoles. I don't know about the other regions.
The knowledgeable people here are still trying to find the real cause and so far haven't found a definite solution as of yet.
I think your safest bet is to get a pre-v9 console but since your PS2 should have a warranty anyways, I say try it, if it breaks down they should replace/repair it or go with the older consoles.
Last edited by silentlight; 02-03-2004 at 01:24 PM.
PS2 v5 NTSC U/C SCPH-30001R GH-015 w/Matrix Infinity