I have a relative who’s seriously considering trading up to a early 80’s Mooney 201 from his Grumman AA-1B. I like Mooney’s, although never flown one myself, and know that Mooney pilots/owners love their airplanes like crazy. It seems though, that I have heard about more in-flight mechanical engine failures in Mooney’s than any other plane I can think of. To be clear, when I say that I’ve “heard,” I mean through other pilot friends, Flying mag stories and a bunch of online reading, etc. Does anyone else feel the same way? Maybe it’s just a coincidence, or maybe there are actually more mechanical engine failures in Mooney’s for various reasons (small engine compartment, hard to see problems visually?). I don’t know. Some input from someone with Mooney experience or any experience for that matter is appreciated. I’m a Cessna guy, so I’m slightly out of my comfort zone in this conversation.
Thanks in advance,