I have a question regarding central locking remotes for my 1999 Forester. Firstly, a bit of background:
I have a 1999 Forester GX, 79V Series. When I purchased the vehicle from a car yard (many years ago now) I was not given any remotes, only the regular key with the immobiliser transponder in it.
When I was recently under the dashboard to solve another issue, I noticed that I do have a factory keyless system already fitted and connected. This unit displays "Alpha Corp. Japan" along with its relevant part numbers.
I have obtained a quote from my local Subaru dealer for a remote to suit this model, which was in the region of $280.
My question is - is there an aftermarket remote that I can purchase and program to work with the "Alpha" keyless control unit? If yes, has anyone actually successfully performed this operation, specifically for a 1999 model?
I have been doing much forum-surfing, and it seem our counterparts in the U.S.A have had some luck. But it also seems that the control systems used in the US models are different to the Australian ones. I keep coming across "Alpine" and "Code Alarm". This web page - ww.cars101.com/subaru/keyless.html - is referred to quite a bit, but unfortunately the information on it is not relevant to the "Alpha" unit.
$280 just seems a little excessive for 1 remote, more so when it doesn't have any bearing on vehicle immobilsation, only the central locking system.
Any information that anyone has would be most welcome.