Looking at used Chevy Uplander / Buick Terraza, etc...
We drive an old junky '01 Venture with about 150k on it, still runs fine (in fact we're in the middle leg of a 1600 mile trip right now), but it's ugly, dented, rusting and I'd like to get the wife something a little nicer looking.
She likes the Chevy Uplander / Buick Terraza / Saturn Relay / Pontiac Montana SV6. I know all about the reliability issues, blah, blah, blah. Same issues with the Venture and between the three Ventures we've had (all bought with 120k+ on them - one lasted from 180k to 210k before intake manifold failure which cracked the head), I've driven them a combined 80-90k with nothing major required.
Looking to spend 6,000 to 10,000, but that's where the question comes in. Based on 10k per year of usage, am I better to spend 6k on a high mileage (130+) or cough up the extra jack for a lower mileage (80-100+) ride?
My tendency has always been to spend less for a higher mileage vehicle, and it's worked out fine for me, but what do you folks think?
Any other insight (besides calling me out for being a tighwad cheapskate?)