Maintenance Matters

December 1998 Issue

Maintenance Matters

Instead of worrying about whether you’ll need a top overhaul, why not just plan for it?

In observing and selling in the GA field for nearly 20 years, I’ve come to the conclusion that even though it bombed in the market, Porsche got one thing right when it teamed up with Mooney on the PFM: Even though they had an engine that would have sailed to 2000 hours and beyond, they proclaimed that it should be topped at mid-life. They even built that into the price and provided the overhaul nearly for free.

In spite of the airplane’s other shortcomings, this approach to engine longevity did wondrous things for PFM owners’ mentality. It relieved them from having to worry about an engine mid-life crisis.

And it got Porsche out from under the inevitable bellyaching about how that...

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