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Hi, I was wondering if it is possible to special order a 2018 Outback Limited to be a push start delete? I understand the benefits and disadvantages of push start, but personally would rather have a car with a key in the ignition and the possibility of using a flat metal key to gain access to the vehicle. If not, I figure a Premium model would be the next best bet. Thanks!
 

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Not possible. There is a key inside the fob to enter the vehicle and there is a procedure to start the car of the battery dies in the fob, relax and embrace technology!
 

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relax and embrace technology!
LOL....back in the mid-sixties when I worked on a tobacco farm our '39 Chevy farm truck had push button start.....nothing new about the idea.
 

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LOL....back in the mid-sixties when I worked on a tobacco farm our '39 Chevy farm truck had push button start.....nothing new about the idea.
You still had to turn the key on first though right? Being able to just use the key was the new technology at the time. No longer having to push the button on the floor with your foot probably seemed like magic when that transition was made. :laugh:

I put a push button start in my '89 Ford F350 Wrecker because the switch in the column got so worn out I couldn't turn the key far enough to start the truck.
 

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You'd better get used to the new technology if you want to drive cars in the future. They work fine. You'll like it.
 

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You still had to turn the key on first though right? Being able to just use the key was the new technology at the time. No longer having to push the button on the floor with your foot probably seemed like magic when that transition was made. :laugh:

I put a push button start in my '89 Ford F350 Wrecker because the switch in the column got so worn out I couldn't turn the key far enough to start the truck.
Nope, no keys just a button on the floor next to the gas pedal.
 

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LOL....back in the mid-sixties when I worked on a tobacco farm our '39 Chevy farm truck had push button start.....nothing new about the idea.
So did most military vehicles I rode around in while in the Army.
 

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Nope, no keys just a button on the floor next to the gas pedal.
Ah, the only ones I've seen had a key in the dash that was basically just an on/off switch and then you had to push the floor button to activate the starter.

My dad had a '47 or '48 International when I was young and I remember the floor starter but I don't remember if there was a key or not.
I'm the little guy in the parka on the right:

 

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Nice pic. Those were cool trucks. Don't think there are too many of those left.
 

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My first car in the mid-1970’s was a 1950 Willy’s Jeepster that had a key switch on the dash and a foot starter on the floor next to the accelerator pedal. I remember pushing the accelerator with my heel slightly while pivoting my foot so my toes would push the starter button. It also had a manual choke. It had a three speed on the tree and overdrive. That little 4-cylinder always started even in Winter. It definitely wasn’t the fastest on four wheels, but it was reliable. Wish I still had it.


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After owning a car with push button start, I find it hard to go back to a car with a key. Fumbling around to dig the key out of coat pocket is a pain. So much easier to just leave a fob in your pocket and drive.
 

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I experienced my first automobile ride in a '47 Studebaker. It had the starter button in a position under the clutch pedal. Genuine ignition interlock system. It also had an optional child proof door lock on the rear 'suicide' doors.

Then again Studebaker had a 'hill-holder' long before Subaru.
 

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It gets addicting not needing to use a key. My wife has had push button start cars for several years now. She refuses to go back. She hates traditional keys so much that she demanded I install a keypad lock on the door from the garage to the house.
 

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No. Auto assembly plants as a rule don’t do individual special requests like what you want. All Limiteds get the push button start. All Premiums get an ignition key.

In the next few years, probably all new cars will have the push button start feature as standard equipment.

If you still want to persue a key ignition for a Limited, I doubt a dealer will swap it for you either. Maybe they’re afraid of causing warranty problems for Subaru if a problem should develop after the ignition swap. You’re either going to have to do it yourself or find an independantly owned shop to do it. And it’ll probably be too expensive to make it worth it.
 

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Everybody fall in line, everybody gets the same thing, everybody gets the same color, it's 1984 in the car business. I sure am glad I must likely wouldn't live to see 2019, it sounds depressing.
 

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Hi, I was wondering if it is possible to special order a 2018 Outback Limited to be a push start delete? I understand the benefits and disadvantages of push start, but personally would rather have a car with a key in the ignition and the possibility of using a flat metal key to gain access to the vehicle. If not, I figure a Premium model would be the next best bet. Thanks!
Please list the disadvantages of the Subaru’s push start.

By the way, I also wanted a manual key start, but I surrendered in order to get other features I wanted in the limited. After two months of use, I am glad I have the push start.
 

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Please list the disadvantages of the Subaru’s push start.
Most of these are gleaned from posts made in this forum:

  • More electronics are involved.
  • Can drag the battery down if fob is stored too close to the parked car.
  • Difficult to stash fob in locked car if desired for wet activities.
  • Fob is more expensive to replace if lost than regular keyless-entry key.
  • Not very intuitive how to turn on Acc operation.
    And lastly...
  • It's new, I'm old, and I don't want it! ;)
 

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Most of these are gleaned from posts made in this forum:

  • More electronics are involved.
  • Can drag the battery down if fob is stored too close to the parked car.
  • Difficult to stash fob in locked car if desired for wet activities.
  • Fob is more expensive to replace if lost than regular keyless-entry key.
  • Not very intuitive how to turn on Acc operation.
    And lastly...
  • It's new, I'm old, and I don't want it! ;)
You forgot makes car easier to steal.
 
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