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Old 10-02-2012, 08:43 PM   #1
thorin21
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Hey everyone - I've got a 2007 Impreza SE (non-turbo).

One of our key fobs was stolen, I need to buy a new one and I'm looking for a reliable source that isn't a dealer (my local one wants $250 for one). Then I have to take everything to the dealer and have everything reprogrammed so the old one doesn't work (another $100).

So, any recommendations for online reliable retailers would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:17 PM   #2
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Not many people have luck finding and OEM replacement remote without going to the dealer. I would check with other dealers, or go online to a Subaru's dealer's website to get another OEM remote. Most dealers have online E-stores and I am sure you can get a remote alot cheaper than $250. That's just ridiculous! Including shipping, it will be cheaper to do it that way.
Make sure you are getting it from a dealer's website and not a OEM replacement. Not many people have luck with those because there are a few different variations on the remote and they usually get the wrong one because the company doesn't know better.

Unless you can find a company or a locksmith that is able to program the remote thru the computer, you will have to manually program the remote yourself. Instructions on how to do this is in your owners manual. If you only have one remote, then program it into the vehicle 4 times (there are 4 available 'spots'). This will cause the lost remote not to work. If you have 2 remotes, then program each one twice. This way all available spots are taken up.

This process is a pain in the **s! It's almost worth it to try and find another dealer that will do it for less than $100. We charge $45 to program remotes, keys or both. It doesn't take that long, but it requires the use of the computer and that helps pay for the equipment.
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:36 PM   #3
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You can find them on ebay for under $50, just look for the ones that say genuine OEM. I just did a quick search and found a bunch of new and used ones on there.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:50 AM   #4
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You can find them on ebay for under $50, just look for the ones that say genuine OEM. I just did a quick search and found a bunch of new and used ones on there.
Yes, they are available off of Ebay, but these are the ones you need to be careful iwith. We have not been successful (after the customer has even tried) to program these for whatever reason.

Make sure if you do get one off of Ebay or another non-Subaru website that you can return it and get your money back if it can't be programmed.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:07 PM   #5
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If $250 sounds high, i'm guessing it was the price for the unit, plus a (min) hour of labor to program it. Does take like 5 sec.
Get the FCC id number off the back of yours (sometimes model years use more than one) and just get a used one off ebay, etc. drop some new batteries in it, and program it to your car (you can do this on your own using simple instructions found here or elsewhere on the net). While you're at it, if someone stole yours and you're concerned about it, there's usually a way to reset the programming so only the current ones you have will work.
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:10 PM   #6
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http://parts.subarupartswarehouse.co...nt=TRANSMITTER

Here is the link to one that is $112.00
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:44 AM   #7
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I lost my only key and fob of my 06 STI, dealer wants $120 for key+key programming and I have to tow the car in.

I plan to buy used OEM fobs off Ebay and reprogram it myself, will that work? or should I buy at least a fob from dealer and have them program it, I think they will charge a lot for it though that's why I'm thinking of getting OEM used fob.
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:23 PM   #8
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I lost my only key and fob of my 06 STI, dealer wants $120 for key+key programming and I have to tow the car in.

I plan to buy used OEM fobs off Ebay and reprogram it myself, will that work? or should I buy at least a fob from dealer and have them program it, I think they will charge a lot for it though that's why I'm thinking of getting OEM used fob.
The remote might not be a problem, but the key will be. It has an immobilizer code which, unless you still have it, is only available thru the dealer and the car has to be present to program the key.
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