Originally Posted by Tyrmeltr
I would agree with that provided one is trying to make big power with the car. Otherwise, brakes are relatively cheap to upgrade compared to transmissions. If one is not looking to make more than stage 1/2 kinda power levels, and they are kind to the transmission and know how to drive fast without being abusive, the 5 speed will hold up just fine.
Take your car on a real track for more then a couple laps. You'll immediately wish you had brembos. Now to the trans. I broke mine twice in my 2700 lb Rs with lgt gears which is the same gears as the current wrx. Once was rely with zero abuse. Second was on its first semi hard launch. Had maybe slightly less then 350 whp.