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Fly High Without Spending a Fortune When You Buy a Used Cessna 172 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Aviator   
Friday, 29 January 2016 23:06

Fly High Without Spending a Fortune When You Buy a Used Cessna 172

There’s no such thing as a proper list of the best used airplanes to buy if it doesn’t feature the Cessna 172. This is hands down the most popular mass-produced light aircraft in the history of aviation. It started its rule back in 1956, and over the years there have been more than 21 variations. This particular model is a popular choice for aircraft training schools and families alike.

Aircraft Specs

The earliest 172s came with a 145 horsepower Continental 0-300 engine, but the 172H was the last of them as the engine was discontinued in 1967. It was replaced with the Lycoming 0-320-E2D engine.

The new generation of 172s was introduced in 1997 as the 172R, and it came with the 160hp Lycoming IO-360 engine. It came standard with the King/Honeywell IFR avionics and a KLN-89B GPS with moving map. Options included a King KAP-140 autopilot.

In 2004, Cessna introduced the 172S. This 4-seater glass-cockpit plane had better equipment than even some commercial planes. Both the 172R and the 172S have a cruising speeds of 110 knots at 9 gallons per hour, although the 172S does have a significantly better climb performance. The newer 172S models also have the Garmin G1000 integrated flight instrument system.

Pros and Cons

There are many reasons why a lot of people who love to fly love choose to buy Cessna 172 models only. For one, it is very easy and safe to fly, which is why it’s used a lot during training. It can be used to ferry around your whole family, and with its performance you can use it for other purposes as well. It’s also very affordable, easy to insure, and cheap to maintain because you won’t have to watch out for any significant maintenance issues.

You have to look really hard to find a reason not to get a used Cessna 172 for sale at the right price. Perhaps it’s because you don’t want to get a plane that’s really popular or you want a plane with a more unique look. But in the end, you can’t let such a hipster attitude deter you from getting a classic airplane that’s proven safe and dependable over the years.

Buying Tips

Since a used Cessna is usually a former training plane, it has probably been used extensively in the past. Make sure you bring along an experienced inspector to check the engine to confirm that it hasn’t been overused.

And while there are many fine used Cessna 172 models, you may want to steer clear from the 172 Cutlass. Unlike its peers, the Cutlass brings with it lots of maintenance problems. Other than that, everything’s great.

For a 2008 model, you may have to spring as much as $250,000. A used Cessna made in 2004 to 2007 with a glass cockpit will have a price tag of about $180,000. A 2000 used Cessna 172 may go for $120,000 if it hasn’t been used much and it wasn’t used as a trainer, and if you want to buy used Cessna 172 R models from 1997-98 it will cost about $85,000.