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  1. Price it as if it has a run-out engine and then make an offer. See if the seller accepts and then go from there. An airplane that sits is not guaranteed to need an overhaul, it just makes it more likely. There's randomness to it. I bought an airplane that only flew a few hours a year for the last 4 years. After putting 150 hours on it in the last 18 months, compressions and oil burn all remain perfect. I also know a story of a guy who overhauled his engine, flew it regularly, and then it ate a ring at 150 hours and needed another major overhaul. It's a $20k gamble that all airplane owners have to make.
  2. Harry had the tiedown next to ours when I was based at SBP a few years ago... nearly always saw him out with his 'C when I came to fly. He is a class act and fantastic guy to talk to. Hoping I can make it!
  3. I get 135 ktas with at 20", 2450 rpm, leaned to best econ. That's about WOT at 9,500 ft and my preferred cruise setting. If I'm flying lower (around 6,500') I can get a hair over 140 ktas at 23" and 2500 rpm. So, I think the extra 10" is a ~7 knot penalty over the C/D/F. These numbers are for a stock 'G with no mods or cowl closure.
  4. Welcome from another G owner!
  5. gsxr has it right. Landing technique can easily be talked to death, leaving people confused. Much better to just go out with a good mooney instructor and do it a few times. Then you will understand exactly what everyone here is doing their best to describe. The important takeaway is this: landing a mooney is not hard, it just has a little less room for error than a Cessna. Don't worry about it too much. You will pick it up quickly.
  6. This has happened twice to me. Once it was the battery dying, and once it was the starter dying. Same symptoms with starting you describe above, minus the 10-day thing which maybe makes a battery issue seem more likely? Simple test is to swap in a loaner battery and see if the issue goes away. You can do that yourself with 20 minutes and a screwdriver. PP thoughts only, not a mechanic.
  7. Another 'G owner! I bought mine about 18 months ago and it was my first airplane too. I think you'll love it. Congratulations and welcome! The people here on MS have been immensely helpful as I've asked all those new-owner questions. If you add a location to your profile its easier to provide help. TAS? That actually sounds a little slow at 24 squared,even for a 'G. I usually go 8500/9500 ft, 2450 rpm, throttle cracked just enough to make the MP needle move (about 20" at those altitudes), and see roughly 135 ktas on 9 gph. R
  8. Not to hijack this thread, but is this common? Engines that sit for a while make some metal and then settle down? I was under the impression that once the engine starts making metal, it usually doesn't stop.
  9. Welcome! I bought my mooney 1.5 years ago and everyone here has been very helpful. You have come to the right place. A 'C with a 201 cowl is AWESOME. You will see lots of people here with the factory cowl complaining about high CHTs (myself included). The 201 retrofit greatly reduces this problem. During the prebuy is time to check for the not-so-obvious things that can cause major headache down the road. There are good posts here on the unique items to check. Most of all, check to see how much the airplane has flown in the last few years. Lots of stories here about camshaft pitting and overhauling engines with 500 hours.
  10. What you pay for labor adds exactly $0 to the value of the airplane. I bought a VFR airplane and took a huge loss to make it IFR. But, someone has to do it or Mooneys would never get upgraded! So yes, try to find an airplane with the avionics you want. But you will have to compromise on something. Most of us can't find an airplane with 1. No corrosion 2. Perfect avionics 3. Flown regularly in the last 5 years 4. Good paint and interior 5. Young engine 6. Hangared 7. Cared for by a MSC 8. Rubbed with a diaper every weekend. I had to compromise on #2 and #4 because I refused to sacrifice #1 and #5. But priorities are not the same for everyone on MS. Best of luck with your search!
  11. Hey Gitmo, welcome to the forum. To meet all your requirements for $60k purchase price you are on the correct subforum (pre-J models). The common players for short bodies are the C and E, and for the medium bodies the G and F. The medium-bodies boast 5 extra inches for back seat pax, and 5 extra inches in the baggage compartment. My general advice is to start with a short body, and only look at the mediums if the C/E is too small for you. Why pay money or performance for 10 extra inches if you won't use them. The C/E will be perfect for you and your wife plus a backseater. But if you're looking for an airplane for a growing family, maybe its not enough. I bought a 'G because I wanted the extra legroom but buying an 'F would have been a financial stretch. I pay for my extra 10" by flying 7 ktas slower than a 'C on the same fuel burn.
  12. Welcome aboard! Both the C and E are probably the best 3-seat airplanes money can buy. The speed and economy of those birds are absolutely unparalleled for the price. But if you know you will regularly be filling all four seats, you might consider narrowing your search to a G, F, or J model. Don't take my word for it, go sit in these airplanes so you know what 5" really feels like it. You will pay for those extra inches, either in purchase price (for a M20F or J), or in reduced performance (M20G). Just a few thoughts... you can't go wrong... its a Mooney!
  13. George... serious thanks for the follow up. Makes browsing MS even more valuable. Glad you found your final culprit(s).
  14. Thanks. I'll shoot you a message once I know if/when I'm going. Would be nice to meet another MS pilot.
  15. This is what I'm worried about. I don't want to be the pilot who added 20% to the book value and assumed it was enough. Maybe I shouldn't be worried about this at all, but I have to prove it to myself first.