Key Stuck in Ignition Lock Cylinder on Pontiac Grand Am

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

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Average mileage: 117,493 (73,559–194,000)
11 model years affected: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, more1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005
26 people reported this problem
11 people shared problem details
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.
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.
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
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....
2001 Pontiac Grand Am160,000
The key stopped working all of a sudden, wiggle and jiggle, did not work. I figured it was the ignition. $130 for a new ignition, and $200 to the locksmith to drill out the old one, still couldn't get the new cylinder in, and key to go to off. I disconected all wires and the park cable, and boom the new cylinder go's in, and key go's to off position. I still can't connect the park cable, but car is back running.
1996 Pontiac Grand Am125,000
pass lock no start
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
2004 Pontiac Grand Am115,000
shift lock button not engaging, loose, so interlock is not functioning and key stuck in ignition
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.
1996 Pontiac Grand Am100,000
same here what a hassle
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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