I recently bought a 2010 subaru forester xt which I love. It came with an aftermarket screen which I like, however the control buttons by the shift knob no longer do anything and are taking up potential
phone storage room. Does anyone know if this part can be removed? Thanks!
As that does not appear to be a Subaru part (looks like some kind of Bluetooth phone set up), you should be able to just pull it out and "be gone" with it.
However, you may have issues with any holes or adhesives or _ that the previous owner used to install that bit. Any image I've seen of the 2010 Forester center stack has just a big square cubby down there and this may need to be replaced if they damaged the "box" when installing that bit of whatever.
Makes me reminisce about our 2006 Mazda5, which was rare enough to begin with, but we bought the extremely rare kind with both the fancy trim (climate control, sunroof etc.) plus 5-speed manual. Mazda didn't quite think all that through - if I placed my hand a little carelessly on the shifter, a shift from 2nd to 3rd would give an unwanted poke to the climate control buttons.