Members, I just joined and typed this question elsewhere and now afraid I put it in wrong place so I will ask again:

I am brand new student with very few hours but am purchasing a plane to learn on. I have narrowed my search to a 66 Musketeer and 77 Sundowner. The Musketeer is 200 HP the Sundowner 180HP. The Musketeer is faster and cost 15,000 less but i don't mind spending the extra dollars if the plane has significant improvements. I would assume 11 years later the plane had improvements that would make it fly easier or better. Would you agree. I have a wife and three small boys that I would eventually like to have travel with me. Assuming TTAF and SMOH are comparable, should I get the Musketeer or Sundowner? and I am not trying to start a civil war within the organization.