I've done Baja for 30 years on and off. Driven as far as Loreto and flown as far as Cabo. Each has its advantages.
Enjoyed flying to Cabo and spending a few days. Good food, great people for the most part always enjoyable. Low stress, just fun.
Driving down gives the advantage of setting your own schedule every day on what to explore. It all depends on what you are looking for.
The driving part was much easier for me 30 years ago. Today I would not drive the MEX 1 from Ensenada to Loreto again. Just to much work at my age and I did it decades ago so nothing new for me.
Also in the northern part of Baja, I enjoy Gonzaga and BOLA the best so I'm waiting for the road to be finished from San Felipe through Gonzaga to Mex 1 then connect in about 15 miles to the BOLA road AND for the hurricane damage to be fixed!
The tire issue can happen anywhere, not just Baja. It's a non event really.
If you've never done it- you need to look at it for yourself at least once.
Baja is a great experience.