I found this today on Trade-a-Plane:
2008 AMD ZODIAC CH601XL. Like new. 50-TTAE, Dyno dual glass panel. Garmin VHF, TXP, GPS-396, XM Weather, many other extras. Was $89,000, now $69,000.
Is this rational or is it fear? Without knowing anything about the owner's circumstances, I would have to say it is fear. Fear is not reality! There are rational fears that lead us to self preservation and irrational fears that cause us to limit ourselves in usually foolish ways. As pilots, most of us have explored the envelope of our fears and learned to manage them effectively.
While I can understand that the NTSB memo gives rise to some rational fear, for me the reaction is caution and risk management. I had my recently purchased 2002 XL for a total of 3 days when the memo came out. I was filled with buyer's remorse and I wanted to try to find a way to make the seller take the plane back. My wife Julie (an amazingly rationale person) said, "how are you going to feel if they take the plane back and then they find that there is nothing wrong with it or that the fix is simple." An excellent question?! I wonder how this person is going to feel giving away this plane for probably about half of what was paid for it only to learn the plane is sound?
I didn't include the seller's contact information but it is out there.