The Gek glitch thing worked for me, but I had to do it a few times, but at stations far from one another or else they'd be locating ships I've already rejected. Like, I'd locate about 8-10 ships at one, find all of them upgrading when I can and breaking down all of the components and storing the resources. Then I'd move on in one direction for a few minutes (sometimes up to 10), find another tower and repeat. I did this... 5 or 6 times before being satisfied. The last time was almost all 48-slot ships, I just had to pick the one I liked the best. Here is the ship I ended up with, fully upgraded, 48-slots, and looks like a Delorean mixed with an X-wing. Kinda.
The 48-slot ships are about 119 million. Finding them is so much better.
And here are a few shots of the planets I visited while trying to get this ship and the one I am currently visiting.
If by "consensus" you mean "Threctory," then yes. Because I'm enjoying it immensely and many on my friend's list are still playing it regularly.