I am looking to purchase my first plane. I currently have CPL/SEL/MEL/IR. My mission is purely the enjoyment of flight, and to build hours in the process in the most economical way. Criteria: -No more than $25k for purchase. -VFR only preferred (simplicity and less to maintain) -Tricycle gear only -Parts easily available and affordable -Speed is not a major factor -Based in FL - Will be tied down outside ($60 vs $450/mo for community hangar near me) - I'm 5'9 and 175lbs - Most flights solo with an occasional passenger. -Metal aircraft only (No fabric/wood) -Most flights would be 2-3 hour roundtrip hamburger runs and sightseeing at small airports. I originally was set on a Grumman AA1 or a Cessna 150, but keep reading that for the same money and maintenance expense a Cherokee 140 would be a better buy. Is a Cherokee 140 truly the same operating expense as the Cessna 150? At the very least I know the fuel burn is slightly higher. I just find it hard to believe that apples to apples maintenance on an O-200 could be the same as the O-320. Are Cherokee 140 parts as easy to find and priced comparably to the C-150? I really like the Grumman, but ruled them out because I don't like the much higher stall speed and glide ratio like an F-16. I am not a CFI, and my full-time career doesn't afford me the time to go that route. Owning would allow me to seize the opportunity to fly at the drop of a dime when work permits. I was the president of a flying club for several years, but unfortunately the scheduling and commute to the nearest one wont work anymore. I have time in Cherokee 180/C-152/C-172 and 1 flight in an AA-5 so I am familiar with how they all fly. If there is any additional info I can provide please let me know. Thanks!