I have been around 2 and both very well made. Both were close to abuse in my opinion and never failed. 67-70 mpg. They both rode the highway to work and back. I would take an old one that runs well before a newer piece of junk where the effort will never brings it up to Honda quality.
If you have a good engine in one then the time invested to bring the bike up to your liking will be wisely invested.
Not sure why the question but welcome and good luck.
I rode a 86 Rebel 250 for the two years before I got my Wing. Great bike, solid, small frame for smaller people. To show how bullet proof these bikes are, they are one of the preferred bikes for the Motorcycle Riders Safety Program! If brand new riders can't kill those bikes, nobody can.
I bought mine for $1100, cleaned out the tank, put new tires on it, rode if for 5,000 miles and sold it last week for $1800.
Sorry I sold it, but my wife doesn't believe I need three bikes.