Lancair Mako versus SR22
I am planning to buy either a used cirrus sr22 or the Lancair Mako, leaning towards the Mako as it is significantly better value for money, I.e. I can buy a new turbo for the price of a 10 year old Cirrus. I would appreciate any feedback from anyone as to the pros and cons of each in order that I can make this difficult decision. Although the Mako is experimental, There are options available that enable me to have very little if any hand-on building time.
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Anyone hear anything from Lancair about the Mako?  Seems like they've gone NORDO....
The BRS system has been used at many speeds both above and below 133 kts IAS  and never failed except for a 200+kt crash dive resulting from an icing incident.  An engine failure does not result in a crash dive, but rather, results in a glide.
Here is a different view:

For SR-22:
Cruise speed range (green arc): 59-149 KIAS
Vno: 150 KIAS
Smooth air cruise speed range (yellow arc): 150-199 KIAS
Max speed (red line), Vne: 200 KIAS

Yet CAPS deployment limit is 133 KIAS
So where is the value of the safety system if it cannot be deployed up to and including Vne?
Both good options.  There are some excellent builders that can equal the quality a certified airplane.  The SR22 or Columbia both have wider cabins, more comfortable for larger people.  I've owned a SR22 and Columbia, almost bought an ES a couple of times.  The resale of a certified airplane is easier, more buyers.  Insurance a little higher on experimental, maintenance and upgrades much lower.  Mako should be faster all things being equal.  Everyone loves the parachute but there is the added cost every 10 years.
It really depends upon your definition of "significantly better value".  You are comparing an established company product with over 7,000 certified flying aircraft (and in high demand) with a home built project of questionable value. Further, there will be an insurance difference as well.  At time of resale, the certified established and in demand aircraft will be much easier to sell as well.
Dave Hirschman, one of AOPA's Editor at Large, wrote a relevant article titled "Evaluating an Experimental Aircraft" in June of this year. You may want to read it: