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Old 08-30-2011, 06:49 PM   #1
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Default 2011 WRX Alarm Issue.. Total Joke? Read on...

So I was fiddling in the driveway today and thought to myself "I wouldn't even know what this alarm sounded like if it went off...let me see". So, I tested it.....

left the drivers window slightly down (enough to barely reach in), closed the doors, and pushed the button to lock/arm the system (it beeped). I then reached through the window (as if I found it ajar, forced it down or broke it), manually flipped the lock and opened the door...NOTHING. It even started right up.

Am I missing something about the function of these systems? Or does that indeed sound a little strange? Or does the key fob emit RFID to let the car know it's you ?(didn't think so for Subaru). I have never owned a car with any sort of alarm or security system that allowed you to do that.

Any ideas input on what it takes to set this thing off? I know I sound like a bit of a newb, but I just can't believe it.
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:50 PM   #2
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Mine goes off when I do that. Mine even goes off if you lock the car with the fob, then unlock it with the key haha
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:22 PM   #3
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Yeah mine too....I've sat inside and locked it with the fob...

Opened the door and it went off.
Nvr tried to start it at that point.
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:55 PM   #4
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You have to wait until the system actually arms. Default is a 20 second delay but it can be adjusted (by the dealer) to up to 90 seconds. When you "arm" the system by locking the doors with the keyfob look at the security light in the gauge cluster, it should be doing a fast double flash. Wait until it starts doing a single steady flash which means the security features are set, then try your test.
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:01 PM   #5
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You have to wait until the system actually arms. Default is a 20 second delay but it can be adjusted (by the dealer) to up to 90 seconds.
aha..I will give that shot..thank you for the detailed info.

I wonder why the delay is used? Because people often lock/unlock or go right back to the car maybe?
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:03 PM   #6
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Not sure why but the default is 30 seconds on stock navigation-equipped models.

Mine goes off if I lock it with the remote, manually unlock it with the key, and open the door. I guess that's in response to people who are able to fashion some kind of master door key?
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Old 08-31-2011, 10:41 PM   #7
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Mine goes off if I lock it with the remote, manually unlock it with the key, and open the door. I guess that's in response to people who are able to fashion some kind of master door key?
If by "master door key" you mean a screwdriver and a hammer, then yes.
Lock tumblers are probably the weakest part of any sort of security.
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Old 09-01-2011, 12:07 PM   #8
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I usually keep my keys in my back pocket, and it seems like whenever i sit down it pushed the alarm button (for me i just hold down the lock button) and it takes me forever to turn it back off. Its soo loud with the hellas too.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:00 PM   #9
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ive had a different issue where ive tried to unlock my car with the key fob but the car just doesnt respond. had to open the car with the key (alarm went off), then starting the car with the key shut the alarm off. not sure what the issue is/was because the alarm and key fob have worked fine ever since (this was over 6 months ago) so im not sure a key fob battery is the culprit.

guess its better than the stock alarm i had in my integra. i washed my key fob in the washing machine once, car was armed. opened the door, alarm went off, but wouldnt quit and the engine was disabled (wouldnt start). i had to unplug the battery and bypass the alarm box by moving some connectors around, great security! didnt even have to cut any wires, it was plug and play lol.
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