Thrustmaster T Flight stick X is what I used for quite a few years untill the potentiometers started becoming less accurate (and to be honest, at that price, replacing the stick is not all that big a bother). From my experience with joysticks, there's a few one can recommend:
T Flight stick X: Excellent joystick for the price.
T.1600 M: Thrustmaster joystick utilizing the same tech as the A-10 Warthog (The McLaren F1 of sticks) and other HOTAS systems, but only costing a little bit more then the T. Flight Stick X. It's also fully compatible with their programming software (Which is, along with CHs, the best on the market)
Saitek X52 (pro): Driver issues I reported on earlier have all but been resolved, making this a fairly reliable and highly functional HOTAS sytem. If you never tried an HOTAS before, try the Saitek series. They are a very good blend between price and functionality. They also look cool. I was able to find an X52 set for 100 euros, but if you have the money I suggest you buy the Pro series instead, as it is simply better in every way.
CH products: CH is a compnay that makes control equipment for heavy industry, and harbours, and all other jobs where the damage caused by a faulty stick are far greater then the costs of having one of those sticks in the first place. As a side project, they also make entertainment products. As a result, their sticks are extremely reliable and highly programmable, although they are not as fancy as the newer sticks (The stick is unchanged since the start of the USB era). For the full functionality, however, you need to buy three seperate components (stick, rudder pedals, throttle), which is rather expensive.
However, CH sells replacement parts, and their product reliability is legendary (see above).
Logitech G940: Reported to be not as reliable, but it is the only system on the market with Force feedback right now. People do love their Force Feedbacks.