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So a lot of you know that the radio on the Ascent defaults to 'On' even if you manually turn it off. When you turn the car on again it will default to the radio at whatever volume level you last used the car irrespective if you were listening to an audio book or your own personal music. I called Subaru America and they basically said they were aware of the issue but they considered it a feature not a bug. I'm paraphrasing but they had no solution, neither did the dealer. I stumbled onto setting the radio to Serious XM's station #0. Fortunately XM's station 0 is empty so it defaults to silence. It solved the issue for me. Hope it works for you.
 

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Lots of previous discussion of this in the Electronics, Audio, Lighting forum area. :)
 
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So a lot of you know that the radio on the Ascent defaults to 'On' even if you manually turn it off. When you turn the car on again it will default to the radio at whatever volume level you last used the car irrespective if you were listening to an audio book or your own personal music. I called Subaru America and they basically said they were aware of the issue but they considered it a feature not a bug. I'm paraphrasing but they had no solution, neither did the dealer. I stumbled onto setting the radio to Serious XM's station #0. Fortunately XM's station 0 is empty so it defaults to silence. It solved the issue for me. Hope it works for you.
First sentence - Not true - as stated in the manual -- A "short" press only mutes it and it will turn on the next time you start the car. A press of the volume button for approximately 3-4 seconds will turn it completely off and it will not be on when you restart the vehicle. But - if you hold it too long (8-10 seconds), the total Infotainment Center will reboot. You will see the screen go blank and then the Starlink logo comes up, etc. - this is a "cure all" when the unit it "misbehaving" :)

That being said, I find it easier to use Channel 0 - flipping there from the channel change on the steering wheel.
 

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I do the exact same thing... just turn the volume to zero.

I believe it’s the easiest/effortless way. I usually plug my phone in for Spotify/Pandora CarPlay. I don’t flip through stations/radio.
I've got the Preset next to my favorite station set as Channel 0. So, normally, all I have to do is click the back button on the steering wheel - don't even have to look to do it.
 

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First sentence - Not true - as stated in the manual -- A "short" press only mutes it and it will turn on the next time you start the car. A press of the volume button for approximately 3-4 seconds will turn it completely off and it will not be on when you restart the vehicle. But - if you hold it too long (8-10 seconds), the total Infotainment Center will reboot. You will see the screen go blank and then the Starlink logo comes up, etc. - this is a "cure all" when the unit it "misbehaving" :)

That being said, I find it easier to use Channel 0 - flipping there from the channel change on the steering wheel.
My god. Here we go again. Perhaps you can get the radio to turn off permanently by pressing the volume button for 3-4 seconds but it has never worked for me. I NEVER listen to the radio. I listen to apps, I listen to music through my phone and I listen to audio books. If you do any of these activities and turn the car off, the next time you turn the car on it defaults to the radio at the volume level you were listening to the previous activity. It does not remember you turning the radio off the last time you selected the radio. It remembers the last time you used the head unit and then turns the radio on, at that volume level, the next time you use the car.

SO if you listen to an audio book or you talk via the head unit and turn the car off (without lowering the volume before you do) , the next time you start the car the radio will come on at the volume you did the last activity.

I am simply saying (and many have complained about this issue) that if you set the radio to Serious XM's station 0 then it will default to a silent radio station so you don't have to remember to always turn your volume down to 0 before exiting the vehicle.

If this doesn't bother you or you have not experienced the same issue please ignore this post. This is not a competition on who is the most learned Subaru owner. I know what is happening in my own car and I am simply sharing my experience.
 
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