I brought a 1999 ford escort with 125000 something miles on it. (don't remember the exact mileage) but I've had it for 2 years now I haven't had any major problems just replaced the starter. Monthly service like oil changes and tune up stuff like that other than that still a good running car.
It has about 144000 miles on it and its been a good little family car. Still gets me where I need to go.
I say it would be a great car for a high school student or college student. Planning to purchase another vehicle soon and i will keep this one.