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Love Hate Relationship

by Kay~Kacey on 5/31/2008

I have a love/hate relationship with my Subaru. It’s a cute little Forester. Replaced my die-on-me all the time minivan. It’s peppy. It’s rated as a safe car with side airbags. Decent gas mileage but not great. Knock on wood…Subaru vehicles are known for not having many problems. I’ll get into a full review on why a woman should and should not buy this car on some later post.

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But thing that bugs me no end?? It came with “theft deterrent” or that thingie that if someone would break in a window the vibrations from that would set off the car alarm. Well, okay. I wouldn’t have paid extra for it, but it came with the normal car alarm/remote entry. So WHY does that annoy me?? Well, you see we’ve been having thunderstorms all week. When we get big cracks of shaking thunder or lightening…it sets off my car alarm. :wallbash: I have to crawl out of bed, search in my purse for my keys…or if I’m really lucky…discover I left my purse downstairs so I get to run through the house and find where I left my purse. Find the remote, click it, to turn off the alarm. By now my neighbors are SO glad they live next to me… :mad2:

If I think of it, and they are predicting storms, I lock the car the old fashioned way…you know, by manually switching the locks and shutting the doors. Then no car alarm–equals no middle of the night annoying the neighbors.

I asked at the Subaru dealer what they could do, was there an adjustment to turn it down? No. Can they turn it off? No. Unless I want to lose my whole car alarm system. Well, isn’t that special? Oh, and it also happens sometimes when SuperGuy is washing the car and cleaning the wheels. Honk. Honk. Honk.

So while this is a cute, peppy little car…and gets us out of our neighborhood even during nasty snow storms…it has a few MAJOR design flaws. Like this one. My neighbors aren’t too keen on the alarm system either.

I should really bake some cookies or something and go apologize to my neighbors…

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Beckynsc May 31, 2008 at 7:26 am

That is definitely an annoying problem.
Possibly, if you call Subaru’s customer service line, there will be a fix that the dealership doesn’t know about. Some way to de-sensitize it. Just a thought.
Personally, I would get the alarm system shut down.
But we live in two different areas. I don’t even lock my vehicle at home. :secret:

Suzanne May 31, 2008 at 8:02 am

ack, I bet that IS annoying!

I never lock my car at home, LOL.

Amy May 31, 2008 at 8:20 am

Try having neighbors who get upset if you have a few sticks in your yard. Do I hear, “Get a life?”

I hope the alarm thing gets worked out!

Treasia May 31, 2008 at 9:42 am

We have several neighbors that this happens to a lot, but honestly it never bothers us much. Now if I had a sick sleeping baby and it done this that might be a different story.

Kacey May 31, 2008 at 10:30 am

Well, since my son’s car has been broken into…twice…I’m not too keen about shutting off the alarm in my car.

Our cars are right under the neighbor’s bedroom window too…I’m sure they love us… :mad2:

BearNaked May 31, 2008 at 11:24 am

Hi, I came for a visit from Mental P Mama’s blog.
Love the name of your blog.
I’m a baby boomer blogging about my life.
Come for a visit. :smile:

AND I love all your smilies.
Great idea :!:

Kacey May 31, 2008 at 11:44 am

BearNaked! (love that name) thanks for stopping by. Any friend of Mental’s is a friend of mine… :mrgreen:

Jen May 31, 2008 at 4:46 pm

:razz: Hi Kacey, I to have come from Mental P Mama’s blog.
Love your bolg it’s really cool. I have recently started the blogging thing and I have found I love to write.
The newer vehicles are taking a mind of their own on. There is everything in them now. Even ones that will park it’s self. WOW what’s next. Call the company see what they say. For sure no one will steal it.
I only pray they steal my 2001 Chevy Tracker I have. I all but leave the keys in the car …lol… :rofl: Thinking on trading it in for a new smaller car.
Love the faces they give it a special touch.
Stop by and see my blog sometime.
http://welcometomypartoftheworld.blogspot.com
I will surely be back to read more. :beer:
I could get really carried away with your little critters …lol… :coffee:

Kate June 1, 2008 at 8:07 am

It’s weird because I was looking at the Subaru Forester before we ended up buying the Honda we have. I drive a Honda Element and I absolutely love it. It doesn’t have carpeting and it makes it so easy to clean. The seats in the back fold up against the sides of the car, too, adding extra room. They can also come out. I love this car!
I’m sorry to hear about your alarm system. It sounds really annoying. :cursing:

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