They have their place, no doubt. I agree with on the hate. I see most who have them rant about how good they are. Some rant about how undesirable they are, then buy one and it's like the best thing since sliced white. While not a bad motor, when someone has a choice between it and many others, this is not their first choice, same with the 545. I don't think I'll ever hear someone say "I want to swap my 643 or 3060 for a 545.". A Geo Metro gets me to the same store as the Ferrari, if I have a choice, I'm not driving the Metro.
I would only not own a 2000, 53 block 5.9. i doubt I would buy a 5.9 with a 545 behind it unless it was cheap. That was my point on that shuttle, 5.9/545, $5k