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Old 05-28-2009, 06:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i have a 97 forester TTB but it was sold to me with only one key.

trying to find someone that can cut me a new one seems to be impossible!

the damn key has subaru engraved on it and it is remote locking, so it must be genuine surely!.

has anybody had this problem before? is it possible to get a new key cut?

this car just seems to be more trouble than its worth.... it might be so much easier and less expensive to buy a UK spec car!
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Getting a new key cut is easy, not sure if the JDM's have a trasnponder or built in remote though?

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No transponder. ( unless it's in the sigma fob )
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Getting a new key cut is easy, not sure if the JDM's have a trasnponder or built in remote though?

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i have been a mechanic for 15 years and had imports before, but i have never had this sort of problem with getting parts. its just rediculous. it has taken me 3 weeks to get the cambelt and water pump done just because i have been waiting for parts to come from all around the world, not to mention it has cost me a small fortune!

something as simple as a key cannot be bought in this country directly from Subaru

the TTB seems to be an oddball car with an oddball engine... im seriously considering swapping it for a UK spec
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I have got two keys with my S/tb. One is a proper jobby with the central locking buttons, the other is a straight blank copy. I use the Clifford key fob to unlock/lock the car which is part of the alarm, but either key will unlock it (it will ste the alarm off though).

Do you have an alarm on your car?
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partwise ask on here, if you goto "normal" places they will look at you as if you have two heads. I've had imports before and sometimes getting parts is a PITA.

not had too much of a problem getting parts from the dealer either, however I did when I first got it. But our local dealers are now friendly to the cause.

There is no transponder in the JDM forester keys, heck if you bought one in Japan it doesnt even come with an alarm. Car crime in Japan is Zero so they dont need them. There are plenty of blanks for sale on ebay which is where I got mine from.
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My T/tb came to me direct from Japan. I have the central locking remote key and the spare key , which is just a key, no remote. When I needed a spare key for the old Legacy the key chap in the shoe shop came up trumps , just cut one for me on his machine.

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it has taken me 3 weeks to get the cambelt and water pump done just because i have been waiting for parts to come from all around the world,
They are exactly the same as UK parts, however IMG went through a bad patch at the change of the FY with no stock, it took me 3 weeks to get a driveshaft roll pin and some A-pillar trims for my UK car, so that wasn't import related at all.

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Thanks for all the advice, The auto factors around here are pretty unhelpfull, and the Garage i got the car from are usless.... to put it bluntly they are total crooks! im just glad i didnt pay much for the car!

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These three will get you started as a source of parts. I have used all three and they took care making sure the car details were correct, chassis/engine numbers etc and checking that they had the part in stock. Delivery was always quick, even as standard. Prices were good and the parts of good quality, some being Subaru parts.


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I would add Gary at Cheam motors to the list as being very helpfull, even if you have an Import.

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Thanks Guys

the job is almost completed... i have a cam cover gasket and its just about to go on!

-Transmission serviced....
-Engine serviced....
-Cambelt and all pulleys replaced...
-Water pump replaced....
-NewBrakes all round...
- New Cam cover gaskets...

it all cost 1000. (had the transmission sent to and auto transmission shop so cost a fair wack!) and had to pay for some labour whilst i was away!

when i get time i will put all the part numbers here for all the individual parts i have bought so all the S/TB and T/TB owners can easily source the engine bits n pieces!

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