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Parking in one particular garage, I have found my rear gate open (2018 Outback Limited) after overnight parking four weeks in a row (on a Sunday morning). Other garage I park in reguarly, this has not happened, and parking on the street I have not had this happen, and it is getting rather annoying. I am positive I closed the rear gate and locked the doors, so not sure how this could happen. Wondering if the FOB coding may be same as someone else in the garage (I don't think there are any other Subarus, but not positive). Is that even possible? Has anyone seen this on their Subaru? So far, I've been lucky, but I am afraid that my luck will run out and something will be stolen...I am going to switch my everyday FOB with the second one, but any input would be appreciated!
 

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My Outback key locked and unlocked someones Legacy parked nearby a few months ago. I don't know if you have a similar problem but wanted you to know it can happen.
 

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This has happened to me many times at home in the garage. The problem is I carry the key in my pants pocket along with a pocket knife and any other item I may place in my pocket. The tailgate button will end up getting pushed and I find the tailgate open. Other times I may setoff the car alarm or any other function my key fob will perform in my pocket.
 

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The key button being accidentally pressed would be my first guess (sadly, accidental button pushes and the remote start feature have taken a few lives), but certainly possible that another key may be coded similarly to cause this too. Hope you get it figured out, that'd be unnerving as heck to me!
 

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I've accidentally unlocked the car with the fob on my pocket before.

Are you pants tight or do you carry the key fob with other things in the same pocket? Both could cause an accidental press.

That would be my first guess.

I doubt another car is opening yours since it's using an encrypted signal with a rolling code where every single code sent is unique.

I guess it's possible though.

But my first guess would be accidentally bumping the fob and not being aware of it.
 

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This happens often to me. Too much junk in my pocket.
 

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For a push-button ignition, I would think the odds of finding someone else's proximity key was actually able to start your vehicle would be astronomical, but I've heard there's a much higher probability that the remote code (which doesn't require proximity to the vehicle) could match someone else's fob. Certainly sounds like that's the most likely scenario in your case (assuming you're not accidentally hitting the button every time you walk away/approach, which seems unlikely to me given the relatively short range of the fob and the long press required to open the hatch). I suspect the dealership may be able to reprogram this code, if necessary.
 

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The idea of accidentally with the fob in pocket seems likely but it does seem strange that it has always happened in one particular parking garage and nowhere else.
 
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