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definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
90,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. rip out the whole system (1 reports)
1997 Subaru Outback electrical problems

electrical problem

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1997 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 172003

(reported on)

Outback 2.5L

  • Manual transmission
  • 90,000 miles


The remote entry system stopped working - one day I found the car with the parking lights blinking slowly & the battery was just about dead. Every time the lights blinked on & off, I heard a clicking noise coming from the remote entry system box which was zip-tied up under the dash near the clutch. I disconnected all the wires going into the box & the blinking & ticking noise stopped (imagine that).

Of course now I can't use the remote entry system but unlocking the car the old fashioned way isn't all that bad. Besides I'm sure a replacement from Subaru would be more expensive than it's worth.

- , South Hero, VT, USA

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