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    Problem with my Brant alarm

    Picked up the car yday and started the car without even having to enter my code. Did this a few times no problems and didnt think of asking why because I was so excited getting my car back. In any case I thought maybe it was on valet mode.

    This morning, tried to start my car(battery is fine), with my code, and It. Will. Not. Start. I'm ropeable at this point in time. So frustrating.

    Can someone pls tell me this is an easy thing to resolve and that I dont have to tow my car to Subaru and get ripped off in all kinds of ways?!

    I've done a little bit of research and so far I've garnered that I can/ I can't get the mastercode from subaru, I'm supposed to disconnect the battery for 5 mins then reconnect and punch in 0000 etc etc, I have no idea which way to go. Will try to call Brant later if no one can help.

    Thanks everyone.

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    Hate to say it, but I have no idea what a Brant alarm is, and it's possible most others may fair the same. May already be your best to contact the company to troubleshoot, so I apologize.
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    Hi Mikie, I thought Brant alarms were commonplace with WRX. I guess its just for the older models. Actually I may have heard somewhere that current WRX's dont have these alarms?

    Anyway I'm sure someone knows something, at least i HOPE someone can point me in the right direction.

    I've already called Brant, and they were useless and insist on a $145 call out visit. This is ridiculous....

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    Just checked out what the OP was talking about. It seems that Brant is a company down under. So my understanding that the OP is in Australia?

    Unfortunately most of the members here are U.S. based. Brant isn't popular or does not exist here. Maybe you will get more help on one of your local forums in Australia.
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    Yeah I'll have to agree with Tony here. Unfortunately it isn't a commonplace thing to see in our area as most of us are Stateside in the US.

    Sorry we couldn't be of better help! Perhaps you also have a local shop or a dealer (lot of Car Audio shops do alarms here in the US) or something that may look at it for cheaper?
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    Doh! I'm such a numnut. I didnt even realise this is a US based site. Sorry guys!

    If ever Brant makes its way to the US, I can heartily say that it gets the thumbs down from me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobdog View Post
    Doh! I'm such a numnut. I didnt even realise this is a US based site. Sorry guys!

    If ever Brant makes its way to the US, I can heartily say that it gets the thumbs down from me.


    Hey, stick around and enjoy it anyway. This is a great site for general knowledge and Subaru camaraderie!
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    Thanks Mikie


    If anyone is curious, google "Brant Alarm Problems WRX" for Australia and you'll see a heap of people that are patently unhappy with this alarm and Subaru.

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    We actually have a rather steady stream of folks from down under, it's just a small stream. If only they would stick around long enough to see each other!
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    I'm pretty disenchanted with Subaru here in Australia now, after going through this ridiculous issue, I've decided to sell the stupid thing. I refuse to be held to ransom by a stupid alarm code (master code), which I had to pay AUD 165 for Subaru to re-enter just to get my stupid car to start again. Basically if I ever accidently let the battery run flat, or have an accident requiring disconnection of the battery for repairs, I'm screwed. Will have to pay for a tow to a dealer and pay again for the code to be entered.

    Pretty impossible to feel warm and fuzzy abt the brand in these circumstances dontcha think?

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    I'd have to agree, if not fot the fact that this doesn't seem to apply to subies here in the US. All the time people disconnect their batteries to re-set ECU or some such troubles. How successful that is in resolving troubles is another issue. But never have I heard of having to re-enter codes. Of course when ECU or body modules or such get replaced, then these issues come up... Seems this Brant alarm is quite a piece of work (for lack of another word;-). Personally, I don't think much of alarm systems anyways, nobody even turns their head when one goes off.
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    Why couldn't you just have that thing removed?
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    Because of the costs involved - google it and there's a bunch of guys that have had trouble having it removed (extra costs) and the cheapest I've seen for a decent replacement is in the vicinity of AUD500. Then there's the insurance considerations - car HAS to have an approved alarm for it to be covered.....all in all this is just one FUBAR situation that could simply be resolved by Subaru not holding their customers to ransom and just give them the code that IMO is rightfully theirs.

    The guy from Subaru that I dealt with in the process of getting the code for my car and paying the $165 for, said the code is specific to my car anyway. So once any owner proves that theyre the bona fide owner and not a thief, why shouldnt they be given the code?

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    Yep, I'm never going to move to Australia and own a car. What a hassle.
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    But wait, there's more Mikie

    A car I'm looking to replace the stupid Subaru with, a BMW X3, costs in excess of AUD 100,000 for the 30D (top of the range in Aust).

    In your neck of the woods, for the even higher model, the 35D, it's in the ballpark of(from what I've seen on the US X3 forums) USD 55,000 - 57,000 fully loaded with options.

    We really do get shafted here in Australia

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