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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-25-2009, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Question Radio & Climate Control Display

While driving along in my Subie ...

The Radio & Climate Control Display went out ....

I was listening to my Ipod through the Aux port & the A/C was on 65. While the car was on I was able to cut the radio control on and off. The A/C I was able to power on and off as well. However, I had no control of the instruments. I could not turn the volume up or down and the A/C I could not cut the fan higher or lower.

Has anyone had this problem before?

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Just had a similar thing happen to me last night on my '09 XT. While driving home with a cd playing and the AC on I glanced down and there was no text/icon display for either radio or climate control. However, for me, all the buttons still worked, i.e., i could still control volume/track/etc and fan speed/ac/etc. After shutting off the car and re-inserting the key to the on position, everything worked fine again. I also had no problems on the way to work this morning. Will continue to monitor.

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This also happen to me about 2 weeks ago. Except I had no comtrol of radio or my climate controls everything was blank. Called the dealer they said that people were having problems and had to have the whole unit replaced and said it would take 2 weeks to fix. When I got home I touch all my fuses to make sure they were in and re started the car everything has been working fine ever since.
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There seems to be quite a few of these on various lists.


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I had similar experience yesterday. Radio was on but no display, none of the buttons or volume control would work. I could however turn it on and off. After I got home removing and re-inserting the key the problem went away.

I've had some miscellaneous electrical problems, like the key fob not working or no reception on the radio that I've attributed to a problem with rain. Each problem has shown up after rain or after driving the car in the rain.

I have an 09 OB, any more occurances and it will be going back to the dealer.
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Same problem!

It's happened twice to me. I can't remember if both cases were right after a rain, but the first time was after rain.

Radio display and climate control display: BLANK. I was able to control the climate controls (temp/fan speed, etc.) but the audio controls were dead. The volume could still be controlled via the steering wheel controls.

Turned the ignition off, back on, and everything was functional.

I'm not sure it's anything to really panic about at this point, my 09 is still under warranty so I'll bring it up next service visit.

Electrical problems scare the bejesus outta me. I had an 02 BMW 325i that died on the highway because of an electrical malfunction. (Mice chewed wires under the hood!)

Any suggestions, I'm all ears.

Out with the OLD: 2002 BMW 325i
In with the NEW: 2009 Subaru Outback XT Limited 5MT
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My wife just called, this morning on the way to work ours just did this for the 2nd time ,first time about a year ago,anyone know what goes bad/problem?

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Mine 08OB has radio and climate control issues now too. No lights and no control of radio or climate.
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2008 Climate display and radio went out.

I was driving in a rain storm at night when both the climate display and radio went out. I was using the defroster on the windshield. That light started flashing on and off and would not work. When I got to my destination I restarted the car and everything came back on. Anyone figured this one out??
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