It really comes down to your application and budget. I bought a WASR five years ago and it never gives me problems. To me it makes sense to buy low on the AK and buy quality with most other firearms. The AK is a rough and tumble creature so why not go with the LCD. (least common denominator) Now an AR, well I'd throw a grand at an upscale version.
I would give the WASR a close inspection or have a knowledgeable friend do so. I cherry picked mine from a bunch the vendor had a a gun show. I've done some upgrades but nothing was needed to improve reliability.