DIY Programming: How to Program a 2006 Subaru Outback Keyless Entry Remote

Are you the proud owner of a 2006 Subaru Outback and want to program your keyless entry remote all by yourself? You’ve come to the right place. Whether you lost your previous remote or simply need an extra one, programming a key fob for your Subaru Outback can be a tricky process. However, by following the steps and tips outlined below, anyone can DIY program their key fobs in no time.

Understanding Keyless Entry Remote and Its Programming Process

Before you proceed with the programming process, let’s understand the keyless entry remote itself. A keyless entry remote is a pocket-sized device that communicates with your vehicle’s onboard computer to carry out specific functions. In the case of Subaru Outback, the remote key fob is responsible for locking and unlocking the doors, opening the trunk, and even operating the panic alarm.

Programming a keyless entry remote involves syncing it with the computer system of your vehicle. Manufacturers pre-program some key fobs, while others require additional programming by the user. Most vehicles, including the 2006 Subaru Outback, allow between one to four key fobs to be programmed at a time.

Tools Required for Programming the Key Fob

Here are the things you’ll need to program the key fob:

  • New, unprogrammed remote key fob
  • Original, functional key fob
  • Ignition key
  • Vehicle manual

Step-by-Step Programming Process

Here’s the DIY programming process for your 2006 Subaru Outback’s keyless entry remote:

  1. Sit in the driver’s seat and close all doors.
  2. Insert your ignition key and turn it to the "ON" position, without starting the engine.
  3. Press the "Lock" button on your existing remote key fob five times, starting from an unlocked position within ten seconds. If you have more than one key fob to program, repeat the same process using the other functional key fobs.
    Note: Once you start programming, you have only ten seconds to press the "Lock" button five times.
  4. After the ten seconds, you should hear a chirping sound from your Subaru Outback. This indicates that the system entered the programming mode.
  5. Now, press any button on the new, unprogrammed remote key fob. You should hear another chirping sound, indicating that the programming is a success.
  6. To program another key fob, repeat step 5 within ten seconds of the first fob programming.
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Tips and Troubleshooting for a Successful Programming Process

  • When you start programming, you have only ten seconds for each step. Make sure to complete each step within that allotted time for a successful programming process.
  • If your programming process fails, there could be an issue with your vehicle’s system. In such a case, it’s recommended to get in touch with your local Subaru dealership for help.
  • If your vehicle has an entry pad on the driver’s side, enter the last digit of your car’s VIN to enter the programming mode.

By following the above steps and tips, you can easily program your 2006 Subaru Outback keyless entry remote yourself!


Q: How many key fobs can a 2006 Subaru Outback have?
A: It can have up to four key fobs programmed at a time.
Q: Can I program a key fob without an existing functional key fob?
A: No, you need at least one original, functional key fob for programming a replacement.
Q: What if my programming process fails?
A: If your programming process fails, there could be an issue with your vehicle’s system. In such cases, get in touch with your local Subaru dealership for help.

Remember to follow the steps correctly and keep the tips in mind for a hassle-free programming experience. Enjoy the convenience of having your very own DIY programmed key fobs and save money on dealership programming fees!

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Alton Brobst

As a longtime Subaru enthusiast, Alton brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our blog. From his early days of tinkering with engines to his current role as a certified Subaru technician, Alton has seen it all when it comes to Subarus. When he's not working on cars, he enjoys hiking and exploring the great outdoors.

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