Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Dutchess County, NY USA
Car: '14 Subi OBW, '02 Subi OBW (gone now, but well loved), '15 Toyota Sienna, '13 Honda CR-V
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Sorry, haven't been active on this board in a while. I'm happy to hear that this is finally resolved (nice documentation, GrumpySquatch), and glad to hear that some of my prior research was helpful.
A year ago I added an Autel TS-408 to supplement my 2011 vintage ATEQ Quickset. While Autel finally updated their software to include coverage for the 2018 Outback late last summer (and I tested it by pinging a co-workers 2018 Outback), ATEQ has been slow at doing the same. Fortunately for me, I still drive a 2014 so don't need the full suite, but it's disappointing that ATEQ is over a year behind now.
Autel makes great, low cost tools. I only paid $115 for the 408 in 2017, but still wish I could have afforded a single tool solution at the time. Last year the 508 was around $400, and a little too rich for me. At $275 today it's a no-brainer, especially with 3 cars and 12 snow tires in my garage.
My intention is to generate clone sensors going forward, so that this eventually becomes a tool-less seasonal changeover. The only downside of the Autel system is that it's a walled garden. If you own a 408 or 508 and want to make clones, you must buy Autel's sensors. Bartec and most other tool makers are more expensive up front but universal, and can program a wide variety of blank programmable sensor brands. So the next big test will be for someone to buy Autel MX-sensors and see if they can successfully write the full protocol, and if the 2018/2019 Outback can 'see' and apply them.
2002 OBW base model with automatic. Added: CD player, Security System, tweeters & subwoofer, trailer hitch, lighting mods, cabin filters, hood deflector, drivers lumbar mods, winter tires.
2014 OBW Premium, CVT & Moonroof. Added: trailer hitch, lighting mods, upgraded horn, winter tire/wheel/TPMS package.