Car - 2005 OBXT wagon - remote start (starter)
Cost - less than $80
[EDIT - I ended up swapping remotes for the 4-button version
pictured above from the 1280s version, hard to find)
Time - about 4-5 hrs. If I had to do it again today I'd be done in under 3 hrs.
Tools - very few.
- Philip's head & flathead
small vampire clips (T-taps)
lots of zip ties
& connectors (added later for anti-grind, see explanation at bottom - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED YOU DO THIS STEP)
Wiring lists - http://www.directwholesale.net/diagrams/
Install was surprisingly easy. The hardest part is laying upside down on the floor to access wires. All the polarities of the triggers matched up with no addt'l relays. I got all power from my existing 4g amp cable coming thru the firewall at the steering column.
Otherwise the challenge is finding the right wires & matching them to the remote starter's wires. Most I wormed directly into the existing wires (no solder, I suck at solder). A few small ones I vampire-clipped. The antenna doubles as the programming button so I put it under the far left dash panel where it's easy to access.
The original wiring sheet from Subaru lists the security disarm wire as located in the driver's kick panel. I found it at the BIU on the gray connector, somewhere in the middle (there are two yellow/red wires for some reason).
Turns out the best way to test it was to turn the key in the doorlock, it'll ground that wire.
I also came back & put a relay on the starter wire. I made the mistake of turning the key in the ignition while car was running & grinding the starter a few times so I decided to idiot-proof it with a starter kill. Now the key can't activate the starter once the RS has started the car. The key works as usual without the RS running.
I know what you're thinking, that you'd never grind the starter. I thought that too. Even if you don't your wife will. The starter-kill is cheap insurance & highly recommended.
To do a starter kill relay, get an SPDT relay as linked above, they're cheap. Get the wiring harness too if you don't have connectors.
Cut the wh/bl starter wire & split it between relay terminals 30 & 87a.
relay terminal 30 = engine-side of starter wire
87a = ignition cylinder starter wire
87 = RS starter wire
85 = constant 12v+ (tap into white wire at ignition cylinder)
86 = "negative while running" wire from RS, att'd to the transponder box also (or anti-grind/starter kill wire)
I put the relay about 6" away from the ignition harness for breathing room.
Conclusions & stuff I'd do differently...
If I knew all this in advance I'd chose DIY for sure. If I had to start from scratch w/o all the info above I'd probably pay someone the $120 or so to install, it'd be worth it.
I'd probably use a add-on remote start like the 1155 from UltraStart
& just use the trunk trigger from my existing key fob - it turns out the factory fob will still unlock the doors with the car running as long as the key's not in the ignition yet, that shuts the fob down.
If not I'd probably get a more traditional fob like the
. The one I have is small & cool but the buttons are hard to locate by feel and tough for big fingers.
Otherwise this is one of the best upgrades I've done on this car, it's been a real asset. I foresee remote starters going in all my future cars...