Join Date: Apr 2010
Car Year: 2016
Car Model: Forester Touring
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Both our 2010 Outback and Legacy had oem remote starts and we will never be without one again. We ordered the OB with it and I did a self install on the Legacy with a oem complete unopened box on ebay for $100. I can confirm it is a plug in install with the hardest part being the install of the antenna wire in the A pillar. You need to be careful with the air bag in there. I did have to pay the dealer $55 to register the RS in the ECU. No way around that. They were however oem remote starts with all the limitations and issues included like poor range, engine shuts off when door opened etc.
When we traded the 2010 OB for a 2013 OB I ordered it without RS and had a small simple Viper unit installed. Then when we traded the 2013 OB for the 2016 Forester I did the same. It cost $375. I will do the same again next year when the Legacy gets traded for a 2017 Forester XT. The Viper has none of the limitations of the oem unit. The range on it is 2000', the engine does not shut down when the door is opened and it has a lifetime warranty, unlike the oem unit's standard warranty. There are a ton of options that can be added like Smart Start module which gives you unlimited range with smart phone starting, Starlink features, diagnostic code reporting plus others. But in the interest of cost and keeping it simple I declined the options.
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