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  1. Okay....so this is general question, really more of a survey. Has anyone experienced a complete lack of shifting in a 4EAT equipped 2008+ Legacy after a TCU software "update"? The car in question is a 2008 legacy sedan w/4eat. With a recently installed Subaru optional Remote start setup. I physically installed the remote start kit. Excactly according to instructions down to last detail. The key fobs were "talking" correctly to the box. Put the unit through the Idle speed programming. Checked all key fobs chirped the system, brake pedal canceled, etc......Every step of the instructions followed and checked out good. The only step I did not complete to finalize was the "interlock transmitter" code program. To those not familiar, this model and all newer have a RF chip in the key, so that even if the ignition is physically turned, the engine will not start without the proper key with RF chip matching that car. The reciever is built into the ignition cylinder. Now, obviously for remote start there is no key present....that's were the interlock transmitter comes in....it has an antenna that loops around the ignition cylinder, and after programmed emits a mimic signal of the RF chip to allow starter engagement. Basically fools the system into thinking there is a key present. This programming can only be done using Subaru Select Monitor computer/softwware (SSMIII) which I don't have..also requires all keys. and the RF code.....which we do have since the car was purchased by us brand new. So....we make an appointment with delaership where the remote starter kit was purchased. Appointment 1 week out....no problem, car starts and drives normaly with no CEL or other issues when started with regular key. Drive car for one week in the mean time....no problems whatsoever.........drop it off for programming on a friday......when we get the car back wednesday of the following week.....the remote start has been programed and now fully functions. Here's were it gets weird. For some reason, the dealership says their tech "had to" reflash the TCU software with an update. And now the AT temp light flashes, CEL and CRUISE, traction control, and ABS lights all on. Dealer says "it's just the lights, car drives fine" but claims both the TCU and the transmission valve body need replaced....cost, $1950 dollars!!!! He then say's if the TCU does fail further the car will not drive and we will be stuck "like it's in Nuetral or park" I know this to not be the case. Default from loss of electronic control is 3rd gear mechanical operation...but I don't bother to correct him....I just want to get the car out of there. I am very suspect. we take the car home......from the first minute driving I can tell the trans is in "limp" mode. 3rd gear only. I confirm this with "sport mode" trying to manually select gears to no avail. So the car is screwed up bigtime. I am refraining from posting any further information on the dealer, the alterations to they made that deviate from subaru install instruction, and a few other infuriating tidbits until the SOA representative I called can try to remedy the situation through said dealer. (SOA rep listened attentively, and seemed genuinely interested in helping) So for now I am just wondering if anyone else has had trans issues immediately following a "TCU" software update or a remote start install. I will note that I've confirmed with other, trusted dealer techs that TCU update should not have been needed for a simple RF interlock transmitter programming. Discuss
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