I was on a long, long search for hot-fast-expensive airplane, "near" weather airplane. I looked at SR-22s, Mooneys, Bonzanas, twins all in the 180k-250k price range. I was tired of driving, commercial airlines and my VFR Skyhawk that couldn't go anywhere with confidence. I wanted a late Spring-Summer-Fall airplane (non TKS) with an autopilot, flight director. Something that is near reliable for person transportation With so many unknowns of a new airplane, I was terrified about huge expenses. So, I decided to upgrade my trusty 180HP Penn Yan 172M with long rang tanks into an IFR machine. My friend's SR22 last annual was $12k. My yearly budget for the Skyhawk for flying 100 hours is $12k including everything! Below is a list of items my avionics guy and I priced out. He talked me out of the flight director for synthetic vision with it's flight path guidance to save a bunch of money (Stec 55X prices) We worked really hard to get what I want without too much "want" vs "need" $50-55k. Aspen PFD Pro w/ Synthetic Vision G430W G340 Audio panel GTX330ES (ADS-B out) Stec 30 Autopilot w/ Alt Hold FS 450 fuel flow transmitter 406 ELT Stratus2 hard wired for external antenna and power (ADS-B in) new fancy aluminum panel with bezel lighting notes: I opted not to have ADS-B traffic or weather on my Aspen or G430. I saved a couple thousand just using ForeFlight and Stratus2 for ADSB-in Keeping for backup #2 Narco 12D Nav/Comm Apollo 55X GPS In summary, Some say I'm crazy for putting 55k into a 45k hull. I don't care, its something I will use and I will never sell this airplane. With this machine, I'll be able to do most everything a hot airplane can do at a fraction of the cost at 70kts slower. My time isn't worth that much. I'd rather keep a couple thousand bucks and get there three hours later. A 2.5 flight still beats a 7 hour drive. Any ideas or opinions?