SR20 Purchase

After flying Pipers for 40+ years, I’m ready to move over to the Cirrus SR20 for greater speeds along with the safety of the chute.

I wanted to see what year(s) and/or equipment is preferred with a budget of $175k. In my initial research, it appears 2004 and newer is preferred for the great ease of the chute replacement. I’ve also heard some bad “war stories” about the cracks on some of the engines in this model.

Any insight with this model would be greatly appreciated.


If you haven’t already, consider joining COPA as there are many discussions on this very topic with in some of the forums posts! Plus there is a ton of great other information. And know that Cirrus is going to pay for a 3 day transition course with one of their CSIPs if you buy a Cirrus - be sure to take advantage of that.

Fly safe,

Brian is right…the small cost of joining will easily pay for itself many times over as you consider this purchase.

I have a 2004 SR20 that I’ve owned for over 10 years. Great plane, and each owner will probably have their favorite configuration for equipment. I’ve upgraded over the years to dual 650’s, DFC90, and a Garmin 345 for ADS-B. I have 2,200 hours on the original engine and it’s still running great, although I know it’s days are limited.

If a 20 fits your mission you’ll save on fuel and insurance, with a lot of the other maintenance costs pretty similar to an SR22.

I’m glad to answer any other questions you might have specific to my experiences!!

Rick, I’ve owned a 2006 SR20 G2 since new. It is a great airplane. Challenging in the intra-mountain west, but great for PA and surrounding states.

All engines can crack. Corrosion is a bigger risk. Whatever you decide on, have a proper pre-buy inspection done by a Cirrus SC that has NEVER worked on that aircraft before. Avoids conflict of interest.

Better yet, contact www.SavvyMx.Com to supervise your pre-buy.

I have a 2006 SR20 G2 that I bought used, I had Savvy do the pre-buy with me and that helped a lot. As for “war stories” I can just say be prepared to spend some $ the first couple of years. Something is going to go wrong and it will take a while to get the plane operating the way you want it to.

I also upgraded a few things in the plane, including the prop (switched to a 3 blade composite) and that helps with climbing and cooling.

Other than that, I’d echo the encouragement to join COPA now before you buy, you’ll learn a ton and perhaps meet some local folks who can help you through the process.


I will join the chorus. I know the 20 intimately. Any due diligence should include your joining and asking questions.