How to Program a Keyless Entry Fob for a Subaru 2001

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How to Program a Keyless Entry Fob for a Subaru 2001
Avoid the hassle of unlocking your doors with a key by programming a new keyless entry fob. (key image by vashistha pathak from

All Subarus manufactured in the year 2001, except the Impreza, featured an Alpine security and keyless entry system. The Impreza employed a different keyless entry system. On all models, the system employs a keyless entry fob with two buttons, one to unlock the Subaru and one to lock it. If you lose your 2001 Subaru fob or break it, you will need to purchase a new one and program it to work with your existing keyless system.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Get in your 2001 Subaru with your keyless entry fob and your car keys.

  2. 2

    Close all doors but leave them unlocked.

  3. 3

    Hold down the brake pedal and insert your key into the ignition.

  4. 4

    Turn the key from the "Off" position to the "On" position 10 times in quick succession. The "On" position is located just before the ignition and after "Accessory." "Off" is located at the opposite end, at the point where you could remove your key from the ignition. The horn will honk once when you have completed the sequence successfully.

  5. 5

    Open the driver's door and close it, then press any button on your keyless entry fob. To program additional keyless entry fobs, simply open and close the door again, pressing any button on the new fob.

  6. 6

    Remove the keys from the ignition and get out of the car. When you close the door you should hear three honks confirming the programming. Test the new fob.

  1. 1

    Place your keys in the ignition and turn your 2001 "On." Do not start the car.

  2. 2

    Locate the programming button on the lower dashboard panel. The button is beneath the steering wheel column on the left side.

  3. 3

    Hold the programming button down for at least 15 seconds, until the doors lock and unlock three times. While still holding down the button press the lock button on each button you wish to program.

  4. 4

    Release the programming button and remove your keys from the ignition.

Tips and warnings

  • If you do not hear the first confirmation honk after turning the keys, keep turning them until you hear the honk. You must successfully turn them on and off 10 times, but the system is often fussy.
  • Always use smooth motions when turning the keys in the ignition. Forcing the keys in an effort to complete the sequence faster may damage your keys or your ignition.

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