Honestly, I'd consider the 2003 I found that had 100,000. It'* only $8600! But every Bonneville I've owned I bought when it had 100,000. And the rate I drive, I'd be at 160,000 in two years.
The odds of getting a more 'reliable' car are more in my favor if I got an 02 with 38,000 miles vs. 138,000 miles, IMO. If a car was well taken care of for all 138,000 I'd feel good about it, but I would never really know how well it was taken care of until after I bought it.
This next SSEi will most likely be the last Bonne I ever own. And I'd rather have it at low miles to begin with. These engines go on well past 200,000, there'* no doubt about it. It'* personal preference I guess.
If I was in a bind and NEEDED a car, I'd find one cheaper, but I'm in a place where I can get something I really would feel good about. I will wait an extra few months if I had to.
I wanted to keep the 94 "forever," and "restore" it. That was my "dream" for it. But I'm realizing now I should make that my dream for a newer one. Loss of value won't be a huge deal to me as I will own this next one until I pay it off. If I find one in excellent shape, I should be able to. And that is what I hope happens.