I mentioned earlier today in my first post that I am the proud owner of a '78 C-182 with the P Ponk upgrade, speed mods, and 3 blade Scimitar prop. Essentially, my 182 is very close in numbers to a V35 Bonanza. My useful is 1200+lbs, and I cruise at 150kts @ 15gph. A fellow pilot friend of mine owns a V35 Bonanza, and was quite impressed at the numbers on my 182, saying that it is very close to his airplane. He gets about 160kts @14.5gph, and close to the same useful load. Before I bought the 182, I was considering a V35, but decided against it due to the increased maintenance on the gear. The 182 was close to the same cost to purchase as a comparable V35, and the interiors are about the same size inside. My question is this. With these numbers being as close as they are, is it desirable to gain 10 extra knots per hour in exchange for the extra maintenance, or possible gear issues from having a retractable gear? I also went with the high wing due to the gravity feed and not having to worry about a pump failure. Thoughts and comments are welcome.