Just about any decent hakko is great for hobby use. I have an old hakko 932 dual station for home use, It's probably 20+ years old, but works great. The stations themselves rarely fail. Just get some new tips and a new handpiece if you buy used.
I did PCB repairs for a few years and have an EET degree that I no longer use I've used a few high end xytronic and a few other brands with auto temp/sleep/etc features, the extra cost of the unit and tip availability/price are not worth if for hobby use.
If you can justify the spend I've found Metcal to be the nicest to use and most reliable, nothing fancy, just VERY effective. The original designer has moved and set up a new company making a supposedly better evolution of the design for less money that the Metcal. I'd have a search for that. Weller are always nice and reliable crappy plastic connectors though from iron to base. that is the one thing I think lets them down. if in doubt an old weller TCP will probably go on for ever (tips are not that robust but are cheap), and if you need mobile the iron will run off a 5-6s LiPo pack. The TCP have the temperature control in the magnetic tip so if you change temp a lot then they can be a pain. the Metcals likewise are controlled by the native temperature of the tip, but they are easy to swap out on the go.
I'm wondering, with the increasing importance of PIC technology in modifying our cars, if there is a way to gain more understanding of the PIC design and programming process. There seems to be a variety of on-line courses available from various sources, all unevaluated except by dubious user...