March 2010 Issue
Engine Shop Survey: Zephyr Gets Top Marks
Itís just a sad fact that a wear item could have a replacement price tag up to a third of the value of your aircraft. Thatís the way it is with engines, yet most owners accept this and worry more about surviving the engine-change experience with a reliable motor that will last rather than finding the cheapest solution. But the best path to getting that reliable motor isnít clear cut. Should you do a field overhaul or get an engine from the factory? Is it worth shipping the engine cross-country for that overhaul or is a local shop just fine? Does it matter who does the engine installation itself? Every few years, we ask our readership, and that of our sister publication AVweb.com, to weigh in with their real-world experiences on engine overhauls. The latest results are consistent with the past: Your best bet is a field overhaul from a shop with a solid track record for quality work and after-the-sale support.
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