I've posted a few related threads but I'm still on the fence and I'm putting my vehicles up for sale this week. I'm considering a used 09 or up WRX, an evo or an E90 BMW. If I get a WRX I'll probably want premium or limited and I'd probably also consider getting a new WRX and stretching the payments out but it will be difficult to stay under $200/month and that's going to be our limit.
I've always liked Subaru's and a WRX seems to split the difference between my unstoppable Jeep and practical on good roads BMW. My concern is that we have 3 reliable vehicles right now and I don't want to get into a situation where I have a vehicle that will leave my wife stranded or leave us with one vehicle. I've always heard Subarus are reliable but I've read through quite a few threads about ring-land issues and blown WRX engines. Are there ways to avoid these issues? How concerned should I be when buying a used WRX?