I have had the dream, I am sure like everyone on this forum, to one day buy an airplane and have the ability to go fly for fun, or business when necessary. I am finally at the point that I can make this dream a reality and I have decided to buy an airplane. I know I want a Cessna because I am so close to a couple of their authorized service centers. I plan on learning to fly at Redbird in San Marcos Texas which is only 35 min from my house and get my instrument rating as quickly as possible. The question I have is, is it a terrible idea to buy a 210 or Stationair and learn to fly the plane that I would ultimately want, or is it a better idea to start in a 172 then trade it or sell it to step up to a 210 or Stationair?