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Old 04-16-2012, 03:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone know if there are any aftermarket automatic trunk release kits for the Gen 4 Outbacks? Many other SUV/Wagons have this feature where you can simply press a button on the key and have it open up. Would LOVE to have it if possible.
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I found this with Google - Power Trunk / Hatch Kit 15lbs* autoloc.com
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Does that kit lift the gate?
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I believe that's the idea.
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Is it an "automatic trunk release kit"? Yes

Will it lift the hatch? Nope

Slight oversight with all the other stuff Subaru added to the 2013 that this wasn't included but in all honesty, if you can press the button to unlock/open the gate from the remote, you can press the button above the plate and pull gently to lift it.
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Next time you see a SUV/minivan with an automatic lift gate, take a close look at it. You will see damage on the gate from hitting obstructions as it goes up.
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Is it an "automatic trunk release kit"? Yes

Will it lift the hatch? Nope
Thought so.

For vertical hatch, the problem for a weaker person is usually not the opening and lifting which is assisted by the hydraulics/pneumatic or whatever. Closing it is an entire different matter.

I missed my CR-V hatch that opens sideways, almost zero effort.
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Our Ford has a power rear liftgate. When we first got it I was skeptical, but now I love it and find myself wishing the Subaru had it too!
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Next time you see a SUV/minivan with an automatic lift gate, take a close look at it. You will see damage on the gate from hitting obstructions as it goes up.
So, what's your point? Some people are oblivious to their surroundings? That's not exactly breaking news.
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Next time you see a SUV/minivan with an automatic lift gate, take a close look at it. You will see damage on the gate from hitting obstructions as it goes up.
Just checked mine and my neighbors - no such damage. Must be a phenomenon unique to California.
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