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Pontiac Grand Am Ignition Key Stuck Due to Failed Shifter

Pontiac Grand Am Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005

Average Mileage: 105,791 mi (73,559 mi - 189,000 mi)


The automatic transmission shifter may fail causing the ignition key to become stuck in the ignition lock cylinder.

  • Visitor, , 76,000 mi

    I can't get my key out of the ignition. I can still drive it fine but doors won't lock and the shifter will move without engaging the brake.

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  • Visitor, , 97,851 mi

    this is a pain!! Will happen constantly for about a week than just go back to normal, the key will be stuck in ignition for as little as 5 mins to about 2 hrs....

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  • when I am in a hurry I try to turn my car off and the key gets stuck and it says the auto theft is on and it is annoying and I want to know ho to turn it off

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  • Visitor, , 73,559 mi

    Key would not release from ignition, it did not turn all the way to the off position until it had set for several minutes. I could then turn key to off position and key would release. I took to dealer in Poplar Bluff, MO. They replaced the cylinder, pass loc sensor and programmed (this according to the invoice I was given, total $367.46. This was 12/19/11.)

    I emailed GM regarding this. At the low mileage I had, I felt they should pick up the tab. They told me to forget it.

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  • Visitor, , 115,000 mi

    shift lock button not engaging, loose, so interlock is not functioning and key stuck in ignition

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  •  Rookie

    Key stuck after noticing anti-theft light coming on. Replaced new cylinder lock with new key, kept old key for trunk & doors to save money. Also needed new dash cluster, it wouldn't take code from new passlock.

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  • Visitor, , 100,000 mi

    same here what a hassle

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  •  Rookie

    Samething happened to me!!! I have to put it in park and hit the shifter and hope it breaks loose. I still happens occasionally. I'm sick of it

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  • Visitor, , 95,000 mi

    same prob with key stuck and now car won't start and they should recall them for lower intakes put 4 lower intakes in on 4 diffent cars all had the 3.1 motors cause of plastic use metal upgrade if you do one got 200,000 out of mine

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