Alarm on 1997 Legacy Outback: Can I remove it?

Howdy,

Have a 1997 Legacy Outback wagon with (AFAIK) factory installed alarm and keyless entry system. Unfortunately the alarm system has lost it's mind somewhat. A few times a month the alarm goes off for no reason. The dealership has taken a few wacks at it and we have tried just using the keys manually but it seems to make no difference. My

wife now refuses to drive the car.

So, I have had enough and would like to remove the alarm system entirely even if we lose the keyless entry in the process. But when I asked the dealership they said it is not possible. It is tied into so many systems that would no longer work. WTH? Could this be true?

Thanks. Any input/advice appreciated.

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Hi Franklin!

On Thu, 3 Dec 2009 07:49:34 -0800 (PST), " snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com"

I found some info on the security/immobilizer system for a '97-'98 Impreza, which includes instructions for diagnostics, and for programming the remote. Probably about the same as the Legacy, knowing Subaru.

Alas, it's buried deep within a 170MB pdf file; impossible to email, and I don't have anywhere to put it where you can snag via FTP.

If you think it might be helpful, I can probably go thru and do screen captures of the appropriate pages and email those. Let me know.

ByeBye! S. Steve Jernigan KG0MB Laboratory Manager Microelectronics Research University of Colorado (719) 262-3101

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Thanks everyone for the responses!

I contacted Subaru of America with my problem (other remotes activate the panic alarm on my Outback) and they emailed instructions on reprogramming the remotes (see below) and I am happy to report that has solved my problem ... at least with my co-workers remote. I realize this is no guarantee that it will NEVER go off again. But it is good to know what was causing the problem and steps to take to solve it.

Thanks again everyone.

Here are the instructions on how to program your remote (for factory alarm in 1997 Subaru Legacy Outback Wagon. YMMV.):

1. Open the driver's door. 2. Turn the vehicle ignition to the 'ON' position. 3. Press and hold the Programming button in. (The Programming button is located under the driver's side dash beneath the diagnostic connector.) After approximately 15 seconds, the door locks will cycle 3 times *. This indicates that the system is in the Transmitter Programming Mode. DO NOT RELEASE THE PROGRAMMING BUTTON. 4. Press the 'LOCK' button on the new transmitter. The door locks will cycle once *. 5. Exit the Transmitter Program Mode by releasing the Programming button and turning the vehicle ignition off. Test all remote transmitters to ensure that they work properly.

* PLEASE NOTE! The alarm also did a long chirp with each lock cycle for me. I did not expect this so it did scare me a little when it happened. :-)

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