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Key Programming Subaru Forester 1999-2004

Subaru Forester 1999-2008 Key Programming Procedure


The following are the key programming procedures for Subaru Forester for the year 1999, 2004, 2005 and 2008.



You must program the remote’s unique 8 digit code into the vehicle to complete programming. A label with an eight-digit number is located on the outside of the remote. Original remotes will have this code on the circuit board inside the remote.


1. To begin sit in the driver’s side seat and close all doors including the trunk.

2. Within 45 seconds open and close the driver’s door one time.

3. Turn the ignition key from Lock to ON 10 times within 15 seconds. End in the locked position.

4. A buzzer sound and interior light may continue to flash until remote codes are completely registered. Continue to the next step even if there is no sound or flashing light. If you did not perform the previous steps with 45 seconds programming may be unsuccessful.

5. If the previous steps were completed in 45 seconds, open and close the driver’s door. An electronic tone will begin to sound.

6. Use the power lock button located on the door to enter the 8 digit code before the chime stops.

7. Push the power lock button to the lock position the same number of times as the 1st. number of the 8 digit code.
EXAMPLE: – 64241132- Press power lock button to lock 6 times.

8. When complete push power lock button to unlock 1 time.

9. Continue to enter the remaining numbers of the code using the instructions in step 7 & 8 until all 8 digits of the code have been entered.

10. When finished entering all 8 digits, push the power lock button to unlock one time and then repeat entering the code a second time.

11. When the eight digit code has been entered twice an electronic tone will sound for 30 seconds or locks will cycle. After the tone or cycle ends, start the vehicle, turn off vehicle and remove key.

12. To complete programming test remote. If remote does not lock or unlock vehicle start steps from beginning.

13. Repeat process to add any additional remotes.



About Subaru Forester

When Subaru of America released the Forester wagon in 1997, many of us rejoiced. It appeared to be the ideal antidote to the desire for huge sport-utility vehicles — a pleasingly modest product in the midst of motorized bacchanalia.

The Forester stood for good tyres. It was spacious enough to transport a family of five while being tiny enough to avoid the stigma of being an SUV.

It came equipped with all-wheel drive, a less dangerous and possibly more practical kind of four-wheel drive for city and suburban drivers.

All-wheel drive distributes power from slipping wheels to gripping wheels automatically. It is designed to keep you on the road in rain and snow. Traditional four-wheel drive employs locking differentials to deliver power to all four wheels at the same time. It’s meant to take you over rocks, across streams, and through the bush – and to keep you moving.

The majority of Forester owners live in cities or suburbs. They’ve had few complaints about the Forester’s dependability or overall quality during the last six years. However, many people have asked for additional power.

As a result, this week’s test vehicle is the 2004 Forester 2.5 XT. It’s unattractive, as are most Subarus. However, it functions admirably. It will knock your socks off – as well as whatever else you’re wearing!

The Forester 2.5 XT is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine with 210 horsepower. That’s up from 165 horsepower in the normally aspirated four-cylinder model — “normally aspirated” refers to an engine that doesn’t require an additional device to take air into its combustion chambers, such as a turbocharger or supercharger.

There is a noticeable difference.

The 2.5 XT has a particular whoosh to it. It’s both startling and frightening at first, especially if you’re used to the smooth acceleration of the normal Forester. Set the standard four-speed automatic transmission of the 2.5 XT to “drive.” When you step on the gas, you’re on your way to Zoomsville. That’s odd, given the Forester’s simple, homely personality.

Despite its increased power and superior handling, the 2.5 XT is essentially the same Forester as before. It has the necessary storage bins and cup holders. Its personality has an innate parental quality about it. With the exception of the new rear hatch, which embraces trapezoidal and triangular geometric concepts, the body remains a tribute to all things square and rectangular.

The 2.5 XT’s hood is the only thing that distinguishes it from its Forester brothers. It’s a functional air scoop installed to help the engine breathe better. It appears completely out of place and out of character for the Forester, like something a teenager might slap on his first car with no regard for taste or what looks nice.

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