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  1. What is your opinion on that its more difficult to fly than a 252?
  2. Hmmm. Not sure that makes sense. I get the 50 to 60HP difference. Can anyone that owns a Bravo comment on LOP?
  3. you can dial it down to match if you wanted to some degree I know its a bigger engine. Right?
  4. Yep the K is even more expensive and a rare find. I heard you can convert a 252 to a K for about $20,000 if you can find the parts. I am just trying to understand the pricing. Because it would seem much more cost efficient to convert a 252 than to purchase one. I think there is only one Encore for sale right now at a very high price. More than a 20,000 difference. Apples to Apples.
  5. Forgive me if this is a dumb question; but why are Bravos almost the same price as a 252s. Why would anyone pay more for a 252? I understand the fuel burn rate is lower in the 252 so its cheaper to fly. Also, I understand that are not as many 252s produced so there are supply and demand factors. What am I missing?
  6. Carusoam, Thanks for all the great advice! Opaque markets are always a challenge. However, it seems that Jimmy is a fair guy.
  7. Thanks so much for the great comments and suggestions. There seems to be consensus on the best pre-buy experts. Thank you very much. I think the only remaining question is (assuming there are no pre-buy issues) how to determine price. I guess once I start negotiating it could be contingent on an appraisal. I know the AOPA has VREF. Does anyone know of an appraiser that is very familiar with Mooneys? It would seem that paying a dealer would cost more than buying direct?
  8. I fly out of KARR a suburb of Chicago. I am trying to find someone who I can hire as a consultant that can provide advice/appraisals and perhaps can also do the pre-buy or an annual. I have heard so many stories about folks that thought they were getting a "great deal" only to find out later that there were hidden defects. I have made the decision after a lot of research to buy one of these great cross county machines; but I need help to get the right plane. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!