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My car will periodically not start, otherwise it performs well.

(2003 Chevrolet Impala)
in Springfield, MA on October 09, 2010
Every few weeks the car will not start. When you turn the ignition key you don't even get a click. I have had the car towed twice to my repair garage and the starter replaced twice, but soon after the problem pops up again. There is no way to predict when this will hapen. The battery is new. The dealer told me to bring in the car when it was not starting so he could run a computer analysis. I told the dealer it would would cost a great deal of money to have the car towed to his shop. I suspect some sort of computer or security glitch is the culprit, and preventing the car from starting.
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on October 10, 2010
This could be an anti-theft problem. Does the green key icon ever flash when this problem happens? If so, then this indicates that the key code is not being read for some reason by the Power Train Computer.
on October 11, 2010
Thanks for a useful suggestion. Better than what my dealer or my garage mechanic were able to offer. I did have a new key made up by the dealer about three weks ago and so far the car has not failed to start. But I still drive with the nagging fear that once again I'm going to be ten miles from home in a mall parking lot (or anywhere else) and the car will decide once again not to start.
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