I am looking to buy a Cessna 182. I am trying to work out the sweet spot between age and price. I am looking for a plane that will be really reliable. I am looking to spend several months flying around the USA with my wife and prefer not to spend my whole time dealing with mechanics. Some questions:
- At what age does a regularly maintained airframe most commonly start needing frequent repairs?
- At what age does the depreciation slow down (so I can buy and sell the plane after three years with minimal loss)?