I understand completely. Admittedly, I had some anxiety prior to the 310 purchase; i think I lost some sleep over having 12 cylinders instead of 4 to worry about. I would research 310s and would find all the horror stories. The most common is a nose-gear collapse. This is almost always due to being rigged improperly or not being re-rigged every year. Not that it [nightmare annual] can't happen, but it's very rare and rarely do people come on a forum and tell you how awesome and trouble free their plane is. Kind of like having a baby, all you will read is the horror stories. The same thing happened to me when I bought my Mooney. Turns out there WAS a ton of problems with the Mooney, due to my lack of plane-buying knowledge, that I missed. Sure, you could end up getting gang-raped in the annual, but typically the people that happens to defer a bunch of maintenance then instruct the shop to, "make it safe because I put my family in the plane." The same can be said of ANY airplane. Obviously, crap happens sometimes, but most of the time those nightmare annuals are due to owner neglect. BTW, there are many 310s out there that haven't had attention for many years. A classic 310 airframe isn't worth much. Look for the value in the engines and avionics. Personally, if you can't find the unicorn, look for updated avionics over engines. The -470 is roughly $35000 to overhaul, but you will recover most of that cost, whereas avionics are only about $.50 on the dollar. Good part is, the -470 is about as bulletproof as they come. Yes, the costs increase with a twin. I would be lying if I said they don't, but I feel it's well worth the extra cost. Wether going somewhere with the family at 177KTAS and 22GPH or just out for a fun flight in the local area at 145KTAS and 14GPH, I really can't think of a more versatile airplane. Watching the Mooney fly away with it's new owner was hard, but I have zero regrets thus far. When you get closer to a purchase, feel free to PM me. I will be happy to share my experience with 310 ownership!