Realistically, if i am going to add lots of miles to it, surely a decent history etc is more important to me than a low initial mileage? Subject to the usual wear/tear issues on cars 10-12 years old obviously...
Absolutely agree with you there. Mileage is NOT an indicator of condition or engine health.....within reason of course. The most important thing with any second hand car regardless of make, model, mileage or year is the maintenance history.
There are plenty of high milers out there that have never missed a service, have had all required parts changed on time etc. just like there are plenty of low milers that have been run into the ground.
I'm also very cautious of overly clean engine bays too. Sure, I don't want to see an absolute pig sty underneath the bonnet either; but I do want to see an honest representation of the car. If I go to see a car and it has obviously been steam cleaned I always try and arrange a second viewing as they usually don't bother a second time which can give me a chance to see if there is any fresh oil or coolant etc. around the place on the second look.
So I wouldn't be put off by mileage. Its more important to make sure the cambelt, tensioners, water pump, wishbones, brakes, suspension, bushes, oil, coolant etc. has been looked after than the number on the odometer.