Operating Cost of a Cherokee 6

Operating Cost of a Cherokee 6

I'm thinking of buying a 69-71 Cherokee 6 260.  Can any of you Cherokee 6 owners give me some ideas of operating costs beyond fuel consumption?  I would like to know like oil consumption, tire wear, are their parts that break or need to be serviced on a regular basis?  Etc...  I would greatly appreciate your help.

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Re: Operating Cost of a Cherokee 6

The club I'm with has had a 6-260 for over 30 years.

I believe the items you mention were of no significant difference from

other "lesser" aircraft.

A concern; as you noted, would be fuel consumption.

Others are:


Insurance can be higher due to 6 seats & a more "CompleX" fuel system.

Some companies require 200 hrs for coverage.


Prop overhaul- Currently Hartzell states "2000 hrs or 72 months,

whichever comes first".

While not MANDATORY for Part 91 it is a concern.


Hose Life- My take is when you relace hoses is to use "Type d'.

There is NOT a time change on these.

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Re: Operating Cost of a Cherokee 6

Cool.  That is what I was expecting, but I wanted to make sure.

Thanks.

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halvidres:

I privately owned a 1970 Cherokee 6, PA32-260, I transitioned from a Cherokee 180 and put a little over 500 hours on the PA32 in about 3.5 years, over 100 of those actual IFR.

Annuals, after the first one (which will likely be the largest, mine was $10K paid by the seller) averaged between $2000 to $4000.

Insurance started at ~$2000 year ($85K hull) and my last year I owned it was at $1200 a year (AIG).

They required 3 hours time in it before I could carry passengers (I had no HP rating and no time in type, so most of that was spent getting the HP signoff). Even so, I spent 10 hours in it before I carried any passengers.

I started as a private, but later got my IFR so that knocked of a few hundred.

Fuel burn on my 260, which I operated LOP most of the time, was around 12-13gph. Make sure to get an engine analyzer if you are going to do this.

My prop had last been overhauled in 1991...   Replaced tires once, Oil burn, once I stopped filling to 12qts (10 qts is good) was maybe 1 qt every 7-10 hours I think.

Good plane, rough and tough.

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I own a 1967 Pa 32-260.  I fly 100 hours a year.  Some carriers require an ifr rating for coverage.  You better check.  I got insurance thru Aopa, AiG for $1800 a year.  Annuals about $2000 a year.  I would estimate another $1500 to $2000 a year for other repairs.  Currently I need a Shimmy dampner kit.  That's $1200.  I average about 13.5 gallons of fuel per hour.  I love the plane.  Very dependable and forgiving

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I will update my budget.  Thank you guys.

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