First of all, thanks for taking the time to read this.
I have an '03 WRX, and for most of the life of it it's had a Pioneer head unit with 2x10's in the trunk. Two weeks ago, some nice people decided they wanted the head unit, so they took it. They didn't take anything else and actually left the car pretty much undamaged.
Here's the problem, and this might be completely unrelated. Starting soon after the theft, I've been experiencing some electrical problems.
1. When starting (cold start) it sometimes takes quite a few attempts for it to turn over, similar to a drained battery, however it has always started eventually.
2. Many times when I do get it started, the trip odometer has been reset to zero, although the center clock keeps the correct time.
3. When coming to a stop or idling if I have the brakes fully depressed, electical systems (such as the A/C) cut out or drop in power drastically. At times the instrument panel (speedometer, tachometer) drops to zero, as if the car has been turned off, although the engine does not cut out.
4. When at a stop/idling, the more electical systems I have on (radio, A/C, lights) the more prevelant the "cut-outs" are and the more drastic other electrical systems are affected.
5. I notice that when I get out of the car, and use the keychain remote to lock/unlock the car, the lights don't flash like they usually do (the one for lock, two for unlock). I disabled the horn, so I don't know if that would be affected. I also notice that the "security" light flashes quickly and repeatedly when I'm not in the car and it's locked. I don't remember it doing that before.
I removed the fuse from the power cable that goes from the battery to the subwoofer amp, but that does not seem to have solved the situation. I also wrapped the exposed lead of the blue "always on" wire I installed that went to the previous radio so that it would not be able to touch any metal and complete a circuit. I re-installed the factory radio/cd player.
I guess I'm just not quite sure if this is an after effect of the radio being stolen, a bad battery, a bad alternator, a combination of those three or something I haven't though of.
Any ideas would be appreciated.