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    Angry Subaru alarm system is trash

    So me and a group of friends went bowling one night and while we were waiting for lanes I went to grab food. When I came back I realized my remote was missing. I looked everywhere for it and I couldn't find it so I was like whatever it sucks but theres nothing I could do about it so I lock my car with my key and the alarm is armed. So after we finished our game I went to unlock my car and as soon as my opened my door the alarm went off. I quickly go to start my car but it wont allow me too. I hop back out and lock the doors and a minute later the alarm stops. Boy was I pissed off at my car. I could arm my alarm system using my key but I could not disarm it? Luckily my friends stuck around so I could get a ride home but that is just messed up. Either there is something wrong with my alarm system or subaru had a retard design the alarm system for it. Just a heads up for everyone and lose the keyring the dealer provided you because they suck.
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    And this is what happens when you don't read the user manual.


    Because if you did, you would notice that you can disable the alarm once it has gone off by cycling your ignition from the "1" position to the "3" position 3 times, which would then disengage the alarm. They tell you to do this in case your key fob battery is dead, and your alarm is engaged. Obviously there is a way for you to operate the car with the key only, which is why they put in that "back door" so to speak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordcon View Post
    And this is what happens when you don't read the user manual.


    Because if you did, you would notice that you can disable the alarm once it has gone off by cycling your ignition from the "1" position to the "3" position 3 times, which would then disengage the alarm. They tell you to do this in case your key fob battery is dead, and your alarm is engaged. Obviously there is a way for you to operate the car with the key only, which is why they put in that "back door" so to speak.



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    Quote Originally Posted by lordcon View Post
    And this is what happens when you don't read the user manual.

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    Well I did read the manual but must have missed that. I still think it is a poorly designed system. You would think that the car would at least recognize the key via the immobilizer chip when you attempt to start the car. The owners manual wasn't the first thing on my mind when I had the horn blowing and cops coming at me in every direction thinking that I was trying to steal the car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lordcon View Post
    And this is what happens when you don't read the user manual.
    Harsh

    So does the key have a "chip" in the plastic part? I had a few delayed starts the other day where I had clutch in and turned the key and nothing happened. Then about 3 secs later it cranked over. Was wonderin if maybe there was a chip in the key and it went bad. Of course now that I try to get it to do it so I can test my other key, it won't. Figures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 06wrx4me View Post
    Harsh

    So does the key have a "chip" in the plastic part? I had a few delayed starts the other day where I had clutch in and turned the key and nothing happened. Then about 3 secs later it cranked over. Was wonderin if maybe there was a chip in the key and it went bad. Of course now that I try to get it to do it so I can test my other key, it won't. Figures.
    Most likely the key has an RFID tag in the plastic part that creates a communication loop with a matching tag in the ignition. If i had to guess, it just checks for a matching checksum value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordcon View Post
    Most likely the key has an RFID tag in the plastic part that creates a communication loop with a matching tag in the ignition. If i had to guess, it just checks for a matching checksum value.
    That, or the clutch pedal was just resting on the switch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trainrex View Post
    That, or the clutch pedal was just resting on the switch.
    I got it to happen again yesterday, and even pumping the clutch several times wouldn't make it start. So I got down and looked and there are 2 switches on the clutch pedal. So I manually cycled them both several times and tried again and the car started. I wonder If I have a limit switch goin bad. Maybe I'll call the dealership and see if there is a TSB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 06wrx4me View Post
    I got it to happen again yesterday, and even pumping the clutch several times wouldn't make it start. So I got down and looked and there are 2 switches on the clutch pedal. So I manually cycled them both several times and tried again and the car started. I wonder If I have a limit switch goin bad. Maybe I'll call the dealership and see if there is a TSB.
    Quite possible

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    if it makes you feel any better there are ways to disable it that are much quicker than waiting a minute for the alarm to shut up.

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