So I've finally saved up enough money to buy an aircraft and I'm looking at some options. One of them is buying a Piper Cherokee 180. I have flown Cherokees all throughout my training and I rent them. However, I'm wondering if they're the right aircraft for my mission. I have basically been flying in my home state, I'm either keeping proficient with my skills, or doing sight seeing trips (while staying in G Airspace. I also do some trips up in the mountains, so far I'd kept to paved runways in the mountains, but I wouldn't mind going to some of the grass strips. I haven't been to much fly ins because of my work schedule, but plan to attend some. The farthest I'd travel is AirVenture in Oshkosh WI. The aircraft doesn't have to be IFR ready, but it should at least have the option to be upgraded to IFR. What I'm basically looking for is an IFR equipped aircraft that is right for recreational flying with myself, and maybe one other person (or dog). I may take friends and family up sometimes, but not often. One of my place to visit is the mountains. Thoughts? PS: Any aircraft that has a similiar handling to Cherokee 161/180 is preferred. I have flown a Cessna and I just didn't like the handling of it compared to the Cherokee.