It’s my understanding that Meade’s answer to the cell problem was not to machine a tighter cell but to take the less expensive road and to add radial “lens element adjustment screws” to the cell. These screws do not collimate the complete cell to the tube but adjust “one of the lens elements” in relation to the other.
To get good color correction in a doublet of this size Meade used a lens design with elements that are more steeply curved. Although an exaggeration, think of 2 clear marbles as lens elements and what kind of cell tolerances would be needed to keep them aligned.
Send the scope back to Meade and they will adjust it and say it was perfect when it left our factory. Of course in shipping the screws may or may not be enough to keep the elements aligned. Also, if you transport the scope, the same issue may or may not arise. Also, large temperature swings over time may or may not cause an issue. In all of the above you might have to realign the lens elements in respect to each other.
If you have a scope with the old cell you will have problems. If you have a new cell with the screws you may or may not have problems depending on shipping and how the scope was used in the past and how and where you intend to use the scope going forward.
There are other scope builders that have this kind of adjustment. So it is not uncommon to have the radial lens adjustments. Therefore, I would presume that others when not being gentle with their scopes might have issues with their lenses being out of alignment.