I think a used warn is the way to go!
I am currently running a gen2 9500 Shittybilt, since I could not find a used Warn at a reasonable price point back when I was looking.
I did do my research when I decided on my current set up. I like the line speed, water resistance and good reviews. If it lasts I will be super happy, but..... who knows I have done a few pulls with no drama but not enough use tell if its any good. It seems like a well thought out winch, time will tell if its well assembled.
I had a Kijiji M8000 I killed but it took years of abuse, being submerged in mud/water, countless hard long pulls etc. I would have just replaced the motor but I felt like trying something different.
Plus the motor alone for the M8000 cost mostly as much as my (nearly new) synthetic line XRC 9500 from kijiji...Is that a redflag? maybe lol but I like trying different equipment out as long as there is promise it can perform. I will just rebuild my M8000 when it fails.