Piper's popular 180 hp Archer was redesigned in 1994 as the Archer III, this being the current model. Changes included a new engine cowling with circular air inlets, a new squared-off shape for the windows and a more luxurious interior. The current Archer is sold as the Archer LX for private owners and the Archer TX trainer version which replaced the Warrior.
We have owned and operated the 1999 Piper Archer III for four years now and purchased it with low time and as a prime candidate for an avionics upgrade (we have installed a Garmin G600 with SVT to replace the pilot-side instrumentation). It is a fantastic aircraft for the price and the operating costs cant be beat. The OEM air conditioning works very well in the heat of the Southwestern U.S.- though summer temperatures can be a challenge. Range and speed are fine for the value assuming you are going point-to-point to and from fairly modern airfields... but high-altitude or unimproved airport operations are a challenge. Climbing over higher mountain passes also becomes a challenge that requires an aircraft with more power. Overall- its a great aircraft for urban General Aviation use and works well for a pilot plus two passengers.