Weird electrical burn smell. Alarm sounds like its running low on power
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    Weird electrical burn smell. Alarm sounds like its running low on power

    Hello guys. I just bought my first wrx and first subi last wednesday. I noticed something weird when I test drove it. I initially smelled a burning smell that sort of resembled the smell of a soldering iron burning the insulation off a wire. The dealer had put tire dressing on the engine bay so I thought it was that. Well its been over a week now and I smell this odor every once in a while. It doesn't happen on a specific occasion that I can tell.

    Car is a 2005 Wrx all stock except some rims and tires
    110,000 miles
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    After I took it home I did not smell that odor again for a few days but after I did I realized my alarm started to sound as if the battery were dying. By alarm I mean the digital beeps you hear when you unlock/lock your car with the stock alarm system. Electrical/Burning smell and alarm sounding like its running out of juice sounds like an electrical problem to me. On the extreme, I was stuck on a bridge with the car in 1 ft snow for 15 mins on an uphill slope. I did not put the car in park I had my foot on the break pedal for that whole time. I heard a weird noise like a robot was powering down sort of like "eeeeeeeeeewwwwww" (starting at high pitch and going down like a draining sound) at which point all my warning lights started to blink: Oil temp, brake, awd, airbag etc. My lights dimmed, my compass turned to "00" and my heater shut off. My car stayed on but everything else went nuts. Then I finally got past the obstruction and started driving at 20mph. I heard a "Power up noise" the exact opposite of the first noise I heard and boom all the warnings went off, lights got bright and everything was fine again. Im kinda scared guys because this sounds pretty bad and I just bought the car!

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    take it back to the dealership, and talk to them about it.

    I've never heard of this problem, but it sounds like it could be rough to locate the issue.
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    Yeah... that's not good at all. Definitely an electrical problem, but good news about buying from a dealership is that you should have some kind of warranty. Let them deal with it.
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    I bought it as is :/ I called the dealer though and they said they wouldn't leave me hanging high and dry so hopefully they can help out. If not I do have bumper to bumper extended warranty but Im scared to call it in. My contract has no 90 day "pre existing" clause that I can see but who knows what they have hiding up their sleeves. Thanks guys. My car is special with special problems hehe

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