So I have saved enough to either get a decent low mileage 2008 or 9 wrx (90,000 ish), or a high mileage 2011 (200,000 ish). I like the widebody of the 11' and could save enough to rebuild the engine if needed. Thoughts on which way to go?
I would find a newer vehicle than a 2008. That's 11 years old. In just service alone all hoses, belts, and rubber parts will need to have been changed. That's not exactly cheap.
The 2011 is, in my opinion, in it's death throws. 200k miles is a lot of miles for the EJ engine. By a lot i mean, way more than a lot. There is wear and tear from just driving that much that can't be fixed. The body fatigues and becomes less rigid, paint gets beaten, interiors get worn.
I would figure out what you want and save to meet a budget for that and avoid buying down to a budget.