Originally Posted by AWDPilot
I have two subaru's, a 2011 Outback Limited, and a 2013 Legacy
Both have Homelink, but both exhibit different behaviors.
The outback will allow you to control the garage doors with the ignition off, no keys
The Legacy requires the keys to be in and ACC to be on.
What's the expected behavior, and was there a change and why?
Dealer is claiming expeted behavior on the Legacy, I've never had a car with homelink react in this manner.
AWDPilot, I am assuming that in both cars you have the apparently identical mirror with Homelink buttons on the mirror. I have a 2010 Outback Limited and can assure you that it is NOT supposed to work without the ignition keys, as the autodimming mirror itself is only powered when the car is on, including the Homelink, and as far as I know, that wiring harness only has that one source of power.
Which leads me to ask: Does your compass and your green power LED light also stay on when the car is off? If so, you may have a defect in your electrical wiring.
The argument for non-functioning Homelink without a key is that if your car is parked in your driveway, someone can break into your car and open your garage door without a key.