I only have owned the same PENN 209, 210 level winds for 10-15 years. The gear ratio is not the best, but with a full spool it picks up fast enough. Replaced drag washers last year on the older ones after years of dependible service. The price was right at the time I picked up rod and reel combos for under $50.00.
I'll fill them with 20 lb Maxima for spring/summer, and 30lb pink ANDE for later in the fall.