So I really vacillate on this, kind of feel I am too ignorant to really decide. I'd like help and your thoughts on planes I am considering purchasing. My wife has voted for high wing only so this seems to keep me in the Cessna camp. We own a 172 but useful load is 777 or so. 150 HP, cruise about 115 mph. 7 gph fuel burn. I am a big guy, would like to get a wider plane, like a 182 or better. In the 182 family I have the following thoughts: 1. Bite the bullet and buy new. This is po$$ible. I like good tools that I do not have to deal with breaking down. I like modern tech. I'm a bit spoiled with modernish glass in my plane. Downside is worry over excess cost and having to wait in line for the factory production. Compared to many of the options below, the extra cost seems to be many thousands of hours worth of fuel! 2. T182RG? I like the speed it offers. I like the idea of altitude and climbing if we make it out west, something I really want to do. It would cut other travel times down compared to regular 182s. I've spoken to a mechanic about retract maintenance but have no real world experience in them. Downside is insurance costs, but I think we can swing that. 3. 182 of more modern era: Corrosion proofing, younger airframe. 4. Older 182 seems to offer lower price entry and potential for higher useful loads. I would not escape potential maintenance headaches that come with age. I could buy one nicely tended and updated or one that is old school and update engine and avionics. 5. For older plane, I am attracted to bigger engine for performance, not a hard requirement. 6. I could move up in size to a "200" series for much more useful load, potential bigger size. It almost seems like more of a plane for the money could be had. Not sure if I should plan on this route as thus far, almost nobody in my circle of friends or family has had interest in flying with us. Does this change as a pilot gets more time under their belt? Currently I most like the T182 RG idea, though a regular 182RG might be smarter. How do you think of these things? Did your mission grow to include longer trips and other people such that a bigger plane ought be considered? I am not sure I want bills for two engines. Especially since most of them seem to be low wings.