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Could Factory Battery Die Before 1 Year?!?

I noticed the other night after work my 2018 Outback seemed to hesitate when starting up. And then yesterday, the power lift gate wouldn’t open with the fob, button on the dash or with the button on the hatch. It would only beep three times. This morning I climbed into the rear from the backseats and used the method from the owners manual to open the lift gate. I was able to open and close it manually and now I there is no response from the fob, dash or tailgate when I tried to open it again. No beeps or anything. I am able to use fob to open/close doors. Do you think the battery is already dying? After less than a year of ownership?

I read some of the other posts about battery and the quirky things the car does after being jump started. I didn’t leave any lights on or anything else to drain the battery before this incident occurred.

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Anything is possible. You should pay a visit to your dealer's service center. Could have a dome light turned on that you haven't noticed. Or the battery could be failing. Its popular to blame the battery without evidence. But if you run out of gas is it the gas tank's fault for not holding more than 18 gallons?

Electronics are most likely to fail quickly, or after years of use. The middle time is most reliable.



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The factory battery was already a failure before the car arrived new at the dealer. Best option is to just spend a hundred bucks or so and upgrade to a better and higher capacity battery. Even if the battery tests bad at the dealer they are likely just going to give you another weak battery to replace it.
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Once I visited a dealership to look at a new car, the one that I wanted to test drive was not that common and was parked in the back-lot. It wouldn't start, so they got out a jump-box to start a new car.

I did not buy that car but you can bet that whomever did get that car probably had to replace the battery much earlier than they had planned.

Cars just sitting, for weeks or months, will have dead batteries. You don't know how long your car sat at the dealership before you bought it.

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What have you done to check the charging system? Battery could be bad but most likely it isn't being properly charged or there is a parasitic drain. Take it back to the dealer and have it fixed under warranty.

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Buy a new battery of upgraded CCA at a farm and home store on a Saturday or Sunday at night.
Then take your battery receipt to your dealer on the following Monday, and they will have Subaru of America send you the check to reimburse since it is a warranty issue and their service was closed the night your battery took a dump......

I would look for a higher group battery and look for CCA that is double the factory spec.....
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Thanks for the insights. I’ll give my service advisor a call tomorrow to see when I can take it in.
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And then yesterday, the power lift gate wouldn’t open with the fob, button on the dash or with the button on the hatch. It would only beep three times. This morning I climbed into the rear from the backseats and used the method from the owners manual to open the lift gate. I was able to open and close it manually and now I there is no response from the fob, dash or tailgate when I tried to open it again. No beeps or anything. I am able to use fob to open/close doors.

What's your logic where you conclude that this could possibly be the battery?
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Once I visited a dealership to look at a new car, the one that I wanted to test drive was not that common and was parked in the back-lot. It wouldn't start, so they got out a jump-box to start a new car.
BTDT. Had one running up front but the ones optioned of interest to me were way in the back and covered with 6 months of pollen and gravel dust. With dead batteries. Couldn't drive.

Returned to salesman's office and made cash offer of abut 80% of sticker price. "Oh! Must talk to sales manager! Be right back!" Half hour later I woke from my nap (countering the hard sell technique of make customer wait in seclusion so imagination and desire can run wild). "I have this fantastic offer for you! Today only! Payments of only $ and only $$ down payment!"

I'm an engineer and do math in my head. I put on an act of "thinking about it" when I was really trying to figure out interest rate on ridiculous offer. I had offered $10,000 on a $12,000 sticker for a slow seller. The salesman's offer was for $17,500 in payments. MSRP plus financing at 17% or so, when from the start I said, "cash".

I smiled and said, "You want to get the sales manager!" His mistake was he took me to the sales manager in the front lobby with 2 other customers standing close. I spoke loud enough to hear the echo.

Needless to say I didn't buy and have never been back?


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