Hello, I'm moving to a very remote part of the country next year for a new job/promotion. I've been into GA since college but had to settle for occasional rentals. With this new job comes a fat relocation bonus. I'm a very cheap mover (moved myself several times already for <$1000) so most of this bonus will be pocketed (plus a signing bonus as well). Total will be around $50k and will use another $10k of savings. Since this job is fairly remote (nearest city >100mi), limited flights in/out, and in the Midwest plane ownership seems to make a lot of sense to get out on weekends and travel to see family while feeding the GA dream I've had for awhile. Low COL means I'll have a significant amount of funds to allocate for maintenance while still adding savings (about $12k/yr). Plane would ideally have 2 missions: 1) Travel to cities approx. 300-400nmi apart once per week 2) 2-3 long yearly cross-country trips to Florida with minimized stops (no more than 3) Narrowed my search down to several planes based on my budget: 172 - Slower than I'd like but achievable given budget and the most familiar with PA-28 - Seems the most practical option that's FAA certified though it's range is short Bonanza - May have higher maintenance costs than I like (or afford) Mooney - On paper the best but I've heard some posters say it's not the most reliable Vans RV-12 - Not certified but seems to meet all the rest (and usually newer) Also; SR20 - Would require financing but sounds like it has lower maintenance needs from some threads online (so lower costs in the long run) Maybe there's others I haven't considered. Which of these (or any other) options would be the best fit given budget and mission? Thanks!