Bill, you're pointing out the most extreme mileage 4T65E'* only. In a sense, you're skewing the data. I can list 2 or 3 4T60'* with high mileage for each one you listed, but that'* not the point.
From our experience here, and from external data sources (internet research and polling trans shops), the 4T60 is a much more reliable transmission, and in fact seems to be just as strong with the Series 2 mated to it. Note that we've had no abnormal rates of failure in the 96 SSEi'*. In fact, they go many miles.
There are many who believe the 65E was a move in the wrong direction. I'm one of them.
I think we've beaten this one to death. Don't you?