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  1. I see what you're getting at, but starting with the premise of the FOB needing to mimic a key seems off. I don't see any reason at all that an FOB must try to operate like a key in every regard. Another "inconsistent from a human factors standpoint".....An H6 2002 outback in a car wreck that sets off the pretensioners won't be able to be unbuckled like a seat belt. I don't think the goal is for electronic devices to mimic prior hardware 100% of the time seamlessly. That seems like a stretch.
  2. Agreed - and desiring the FOB over the door button seems obscure and grasping to me. I'm likely wrong. What we know for a fact is - they chose it. They either guessed or had reason to do so. So far you haven't given any compelling reasons why they should have done it differently. Could it be law? What have other manufacturers done in 20 years with FOB's? More grasping... I think it's considered safer (not saying that's true, I've never looked into it - but I think that's generally said in some circles) for the doors to be locked in the event of an accident - maybe accidental operation of the FOB during an accident played into that side of the decision. Yes I'm grasping, they're scale and volume is enough for me to think there's a decent probability of a reason for this to exist.
  3. A non occupant can't lock/unlock the door while the driver is moving...not without some fun mental gymnastics. It also prevents the alarm from going off while driving. It could be designed to disable the alarm only, but alas it wasn't done that way.
  4. I'm fairly sure online commentary heavily favors MT's. I've never kept data on it, but it seems people who favor MT's will be inclined to internet car forums more than people who favor AT's - by a long shot. I know far more MT lovers/owners in Subaru forums and groups than I do personally or work on weekly locally. Seems kind of how it goes - online forums will be heavily MT biased. And that crowd often hates AT's. I'm not suggesting Subaru AT's are awesome over all - they may have drawbacks, they may not perform as well as in some situations or compared to other automatics, they might not feel as smooth, etc. I don't care about those things - I only like they for their longevity, forgiveness, and reliability. If you're buying a new(er) car then longevity, forgiveness, maintenance might not matter as much and people focus more on feel, performance, comparing it to other manufacturers vehicles. I'm not talking about that. So there's good reason to favor MT's and I'm not trying to change anyone's mind. Except there is a predominate genearl perception that MT's are more reliable and cheaper which is no longer the case. But for practical and reliability reasons - it's a very good transmission to have, particularly on any vehicles with age/mileage. Anecdotally the 4EAT's also seem more resilient in the face of a large portion of the public who never change anything but engine oil. The 150k+ MT's that i've seen with grinding synchro's and popping out of gear when driving haven't ever had their transmission fluid changed. Meanwhile...I don't think I've ever helped anyone with AT issues except to change the fluid to firm them up, address torque bind, or get out of the 99 delay-park-to-drive issue. I've encountered multilple MT failures and no catastrophic undriveable AT issues...and i see waaaaay more AT's than MT's. Anecdotal since I'm not a shop or full time mecahnic and don't see a lot of trans failures overall. But I've seen enough to encounter almost every common MT issue.
  5. If the keyless system operated when in the ignition it would be really easy to lock the keys in the car with the car running. Someone goes out to start the car - runs inside because they forgot something - meanwhile a second FOB (due to toddler, spouse, friend, erratic FOB behavior) locks the car. It also might increase the chance of locking someone in the car due to user induced error or faulty keyless entry system. You don't want someone grabbing the keys in the ignition to turn it off or pull them out after a wreck and accidentally fumbling with the keys with no lights and locking themselves inside a vehicle with already damaged systems. Or locking themselves in...it would be a wild scenario but it would happen and is more likely than any issues to have the system designed the other way. I can think of other scenarios but it makes sense to me to align control of a currently running vehicle to one person and if they inserted the keys they still have the door controls right there.
  6. You could get a direct wire FM transmitter and use a portabe CD player! lol
  7. did you notice any damage or dirt to mechanical items - moving parts, levers, guides? There's no shortage of CD issues in vehicles so I assume the additional cabin/atmospheric dust, vehicle movement/vibrations, toddlers (not uncommon for them to stuff things down the CD slot), pets, exposure makes them ripe for debris accumulation or fatigue. i'd be looking for that debris accumulation around any moving parts if you go into it again. if you can get behind the face plate i'd see if there's any spilled beverage residue impacting the controls/interface, etc.
  8. idosubaru

    High angle CV boots

    I’ve thought about it. I think there’s other companies too. Good OEM axles are still worthless, few will pay $600 for boots. $600 buys a lot of axles and boots.
  9. I’ve never seen anything remotely helpful. The guy LT mentions dove into them fairly deep. FM transmitters are a nice work around. If you’re willing to put forth this much effort then get the wired kind instead of Bluetooth. It’s necessary in urban areas with trashy airwaves anyway Id place a stop limit for the time investment on this rabbit hole. How much time is too much?
  10. Late 90s 2.2 alternators are about $80 from dealers. Call or look them up and ask as prices can vary from dealer to dealer.
  11. Oddly 99 has TWO EJ25s. Outback legacy got the dreaded DOHC EJ25D. Forester got the far more forgiving first year SOHC EJ25 Yes for Subarus (and many other modern vehicles) manuals are more expensive and problematic to own for a number of reasons. Clutch maintenance alone is time and $ sucker. Those 90s 4EATs were so robust they could out run MTs all day long. Clutch replacement, Throw out bearings, cracked forks, warn snouts, less forgiving torque bind, synchros wearing, and the hydraulic clutch slave cylinders abs hoses frequently are problematic and need replaced and they’re annoying to bleed. And you can’t go FWD or install a diff lock switch like you can to lock the AWD like an auto. Lose lose lose lose lose. waste of my time. The 4EATs aren’t crisp when they age, that’s normal but they’ll run forever and are the !@!!&@ energizer bunny of subaru transmissions and a win for practical utilitarian low down time low cost Subaru owners.
  12. Hahahhaa. The rain and ice is annoying, from freezing cool wet straight to 85 and humid this year...eye roll If you get any codes (or any non swap codes), post the numbers and not descriptions or what online or auto parts stores tell you if you’re unsure - clear them all and see which ones come back immediately (like the first mile and 10 miles). It could trip some right away and then others later. if you can access a memory mode - read those too. Same thing - clear those as well so any new codes have a clean slate.
  13. Manual swap is irrelevant. I don’t know why that keeps coming up, it doesn’t matter at all. Check the codes. Ignore the codes due to the trans swap. what other codes exist? People ignore emissions, engine swap and trans swap and turbo codes all the time. swaps give a 100% predictable set of codes, most/all of which don’t impact drivability, they just ignore them. All the rest of the potential codes are relevant. Typically problematic codes are MAF knock cam crank injector misfire O2....none of which are impacted by trans swaps. If those are set then they’re telling you there’s an engine issue not related to the trans swap.
  14. What check engines codes are showing when the check engine light codes are accessed ? It only happens at WOT?
  15. OBDII is meaningless here - pre OBDII stuff still gives codes. When you read the check engine lights what does it show? If it stumbles take notice if its: 1. recently wet/humid 2. happening when you let off the gas entirely (throttle closed) 3. is it ever hard to start or restart? Do you have access to spare parts? Hate to suggest guessing but MAF sensors are easy to swap on EJs and I’ve seen them cause starting and drivability issues without throwing a code The grounds are probably to the frame rail, I do t recall Subaru grounds on any radiator I’ve worked on. But maybe that’s indicative of my memory?!? Lol It’s unlikely the grounds anyway. Almost every Subaru I see and drive has corroded and detached grounds and runs fine. Yes they can be problematic but that pic looks like a clean car, engine came out and you had a good look at it and it starts.