So I am looking at an aircraft for sale with an 0-200 in it. The engine has less than 10 hours on an overhaul, but the overhaul was done in '06 (more than 5 years ago). The engine is said to be started periodically. It seems to me that the engine cannot be run for very long on these starts, maybe 10 or 15 min or the engine would have more hours on it. The aircraft is hangared near Denver (dry country). The rest of the plane LOOKS to be nice, although I have repeatedly found pictures to be a poor judge (both good and bad) of an aircraft.
It is my understanding that an engine that sits for a long time is very suspect. I also have read that starting an engine without letting it get hot enough for long enough to eliminate moisture in the crankcase is very bad for an engine.
Should I even consider this aircraft? Should I consider it, but treat it as an aircraft with a suspect engine?