I'm at 241K and I don't have my love kit in the trunk anymore!
OP...I'm in NJ...don't know where you are...but if it's close(ish) and the schedule permits, I'd be happy to have a look at the car with you...unless you know enough to do a PPI yourself.
I used to drive to school in St. Louis also...20 hour drive or so...so you need to make sure the important things are taken care of...and, I don't believe anyone mentioned subframe.
You don't want to buy a $2500 that needs $2-4,000 work to ensure your rear axle doesn't fall off. Subframe. Also, make sure the car wasn't raped before too badly--suspension, engine 'upgrades,' or too much in the way of electronic gimmickry.
I'm so depressed. No one wants to come see me. :(
Mangofy your E46!