The list on the 200D is 27k US and you have to add oil cooler, alternator, FWF etc. a little beyond reality for me.
I still have the UL350i in my sights, at 21K and 5300 FWF. It uses 91 octane and has excellent reports from those flying with around 500-750 hours. At 178lbs, even if the real time horsepower is only 100-110, it would sit well for the Cruzer. As for parts they all come from through the states anyway so I'm not that concerned but was shocked to see Conti parts being as expensive or more that for the UL. The cheapest replacements out there would of course be the Honda, $1500 for an entire block.
So much to consider but like you I have time to think.
I hear ya. I had a few pucker moments with a few 12-13 knot crosswind landings. I am running a return line just to have the option of fuel injected. Have you priced out the 200D with all the required hardware?
I'm finding the engine choice to be very difficult. I had it down to the UL350is and Viking 130 but the fuel requirements for the 350is make the 350i more practical with less horsepower. The Viking is way cheaper but heavier and a little more to the installation, plus it's an automotive re-drive which these days isn't necessarily a bad thing. The Rotax is way too pricey.
The other option is a Continental 0-200, carbureted, heavy, lower HP but proven. However, you don't save any money if you buy new and I have a problem paying 20K for a rebuilt. What are you looking at?
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