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I'm really bad at searching although I did try so I apologize if this has been brought up. Is there a way to turn off the side mirror lights when the rear hatch is open? I like to do a little star peeping and would love to leave the rear hatch open when I am out in the dark but the darn side mirror lights won't turn off with the hatch open. Does anyone know how to stop this temporarily? Thanks!
 

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I'm really bad at searching although I did try so I apologize if this has been brought up. Is there a way to turn off the side mirror lights when the rear hatch is open? I like to do a little star peeping and would love to leave the rear hatch open when I am out in the dark but the darn side mirror lights won't turn off with the hatch open. Does anyone know how to stop this temporarily? Thanks!
From what I noticed with mine, the auto dimming side approach light is linked up to the interior lights.
Found this out when I tinkered with the settings for the interior lights.
On the multimedia system, go to settings>vehicle>interior light.
I accidentally set the approach light to only come on when the door was open, which is kind of useless if you alredly made it to the car.
Found that was the case when I set something on the interior light settings to not come on or turn off when the ignition key is turned to off, but not removed, I think.
Play around with that and see if it works..
 

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From what I noticed with mine, the auto dimming side approach light is linked up to the interior lights.
Found this out when I tinkered with the settings for the interior lights.
On the multimedia system, go to settings>vehicle>interior light.
I accidentally set the approach light to only come on when the door was open, which is kind of useless if you alredly made it to the car.
Found that was the case when I set something on the interior light settings to not come on or turn off when the ignition key is turned to off, but not removed, I think.
Play around with that and see if it works..
Update on this...The interior light setting manages how long the light stays on when you turn off the car. Options are OFF-10secs-20secs-30secs.
Recall that when I had set it to OFF, the mirror approach light didn't come on when I unlocked the door remotely.
The thing I mentioned previously regarding the ignition key position and lighting has to do with the WELCOME LIGHTING, which is also in the VEHICLE SETTINGS options

From the user/car manual, page 3-70:

"Welcome lighting function (if equipped) turns on the low beam headlight for smooth approaching to or exiting from the vehicle at night or in a dark place.
The function is activated while all of the following conditions are met.
  • The light control switch is in the “AUTO” position.
  • It is dark enough to turn on the auto on/off headlights.
NOTE
If the engine is turned off after turning off the light switch, the welcome lighting function may not operate (for Canada models).

When approaching:

While the welcome lighting function is activated, the low beam headlights, parking lights, front side marker lights, rear side marker lights, tail lights and license plate lights will automatically illuminate when unlocking the doors and the rear gate by using the remote keyless entry system.

The lights will remain illuminated for 30 seconds*1 and then turn off. However, if any of the following operations is done, the light will turn off.
  • The doors are locked.
  • The light control switch is turned to a position other than “AUTO”.
  • The ignition switch is turned to the “ON” position.

When exiting:
While the welcome lighting function is activated, the low beam headlights, parking lights, front side marker lights, rear side marker lights, tail lights and license plate lights will remain illuminated even when either of the following operation is done.
  • The push-button ignition switch is turned to the “OFF” status (models with “keyless access with push-button start system”).
  • The key is pulled out from the ignition switch (models without “keyless access with push-button start system”).

The lights will turn off under any of the
following conditions.
  • 3 minutes have passed since the light were illuminated by the welcome lighting function.
  • 30 seconds have passed since the door is opened and closed.*1
  • The light control switch is turned to a position other than “AUTO”.
  • The locking procedure is performed twice. When performing the unlocking procedure after performing the locking procedure, perform the locking procedure twice again.

*1: The setting for the period of time in which the lights remain on by the welcome lighting function can be changed by a SUBARU dealer. Contact your SUBARU dealer for details."
 

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So it does not look like I can just hang out with the rear lift open without these light coming on...did I read all that correctly?
 

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So it does not look like I can just hang out with the rear lift open without these light coming on...did I read all that correctly?
Don't know for sure.
I suggest you tinker with those settings and see if it works for you.
Let us know if it works.
 
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