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7.3

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$0.00
Average Mileage:
126,999 miles
Total Complaints:
15 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (7 reports)
  2. the solution is obvious pontiac.....recall this!!!! (2 reports)
  3. use finger to release lock under steering column (2 reports)
  4. #10 comment was the solution to our problem...thank you! (1 reports)
  5. cut 3 strips of duct tape rolled and folded them up (1 reports)
  6. repair wires in shifting column (1 reports)
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2000 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #15

Feb 162011

Grand Prix GT 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

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key is stuck in the ignition

This problem appeared as soon as this car was handed down to me at 130,000 miles. We fixed it at about 160,000 miles, and now it's up to 190,000 and it's still golden!! :) So my dad did this for me but I'd at least like to help lead others in the right direction. I'm a car noob so excuse my ignorance, but this solution is 100% and REALLY WORKS!!! We accessed the area below the shifter and noticed that almost all the wires were snapped (see photo). I believe these are the wires that transmits information to allow what functions are available depending on if the car's in park or drive. Since the wire was snapped, the ignition wasn't aware that the car was in park and wouldn't allow you to remove the key. The reason all these wires were snapped is because they were not long enough, and too much pressure was placed upon them from shifting from park to drive, etc. So what my dad did was solder some type of wire between the original snapped wires to reconnect and lengthen them. Ta-da! All my troubles were solved, easy as that. Yes, you could stick a pen up in the hole to remove them every time, but seriously, this is such an easy, cheap fix. Don't take it into the shop, they won't know what to do (TRUST ME). Just find a handyman to do it for you!! Seriously, it's so easy. There are videos on Youtube that tell you how to access this area and fix it, but they say you need certain parts to do it. You really don't... this is a $0 fix. I hope everyone who has this issue finds this post because THIS IS THE SOLUTION.

- , Lusby, Maryland, USA

problem #14

Dec 222012

Grand Prix GT V6 Or V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles

I HAVE HAD THIS CAR FOR 4 YEARS AND THE KEY ONLY GOT STUCK ONE OTHER TIME BUT WHEN I TURNED MY STEERING WHEEL TO LOCK I FINALLY GOT MY KEY OUT THEN. BUT THE OTHER DAY WHEN I TRIED THE SAME THING I DID NOT WORK NOW MY KEY IS STILL STUCK IN MY IGNITION AND I CANT TURN IT TO THE OFF POSITION. GM NEEDS TO HAVE A RECALL ON ALL PONTIAC VEHICLES IF I EVER GET THIS CAR KEY OUT THE NEXT CAR THAT I BUY WILL NOT BE A GM PRODUCT.

- , Decatur, IL, USA

problem #13

Jun 012012

Grand Prix GT 3800

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

it takes time to fix but if u can do it your self its free

- , Fort Gratiot, MI, USA

problem #12

Feb 012011

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I just decided to address the problem, since it has become a big inconvenience...So I wanted to know if replacing the key would do anything?

- , Palatine, IL, USA

problem #11

Dec 292010

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles

Key stuck in ignition when in Park. Paying $500,00+ to fix not option. Looked at possible fixes from others who had problem on this site. Tried ear plug solution to push up button override in steering column,didn't work. Thought of removing steering wheel to try twist tie over button to hold in place but didn't have the time to do. Screw driver option would be annoying. So cut 3 strips of duct tape rolled and folded them up and stuck together, coming from behind steering wheel opening placed in between button and a small plastic column. Has held for a month so far.

- , Winnipeg, Manitoba, canada

problem #10

Jul 302010

Grand Prix GT 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,250 miles

How in the hell can this many people have the same d@mn problem. The release button worked in seconds, but I don't want to do this everytime I get out the car. I've only had this car for two weeks and I'm already pissed.

- , Toledo, OH, USA

problem #9

Jul 092008

Grand Prix GT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I was not able to take the key out of the ignition, thus my battery died. My husband figured out that I can put my finger into the small opening under the steering column and push up on the release and then the key will come out. It is a real pain in the butt when I let someone else use my car, because I don't remember to tell them about it. Also, my biggest concern right now is...I'm having surgery on my thumb and will be in a cast for 5 weeks. How in the heck am I supposed to use my finger to release it with a cast on. Not Good! I've tried to use a pen (when I just had my nails done and didn't want them screwed up, just to get the key out) and I couldn't make it work. I'm in big trouble here. Now what? Any ideas on a way to get the switch to work with a cast on! I totally agree...there should be a recall, seems there are enough of us here complaining about it.

- , St. Louis, MI, USA

problem #8

May 152009

Grand Prix

  • Automatic transmission
  • 161,000 miles

Well, it's nice to know I'm not alone with this complaint! But I'm so frustrated right now I don't know what to do. Usually when the key won't come out I can wait about 30 min., go back and try it and the key will come on out. But yesterday the key just wouldn't budge. Unfortunately I forgot about it and went on to bed. Of course when I remembered this a.m., the battery was already dead. . . .but the key came out!! Then after getting to work it wouldn't come out. Went out about an hour later, but it still won't come out and (of course) the battery is dead again. This problem has progressively gotten worse over the past several months. But what I don't understand, is I guess there's a sensor or something that will re-set (or whatever) after awhile, because usually I can go back and get it out after waiting about 30 min. or so. Although today the above steps haven't worked so far!! Has anyone been to a GM dealer or repair shop where they have offered any solution to this problem?????

- , Pollard, AL, USA

problem #7

Sep 132009

Grand Prix GT 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,003 miles

I had no idea this many people had this issue. It is so freaking annoying. I was afraid to go into work today because I couldn't get my keys out. I sit and fidget with the gears, the e-brake, and eventually it came out when I turned the wheel all the way to the left. But it's just getting worse by the day, I can't believe there's no recall, and I really don't want to be shoving screw-drivers up my steering column.

- , Brentwood, Tennessee, USA

problem #6

May 302008

Grand Prix GT 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

The key first didn't come out of the ignition and I have noticed that It usually happens when its warmer weather out. Then it got to where the key wouldn't turn over at all!! This is BULL. Pontiac NEEDS to recall this. I have wasted a battery because I had to leave the key in the ignition.....The ignition lock cylinder is now broken.....don't know what that is going to costs but this is bull sh@t. Not to mention all the time involved in trying to get my key out sweating my @ss off!

- , Springfield, Ohio, USA

problem #5

Jan 012009

Grand Prix GT 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have been having several things lately to suddenly "go wrong". Key stuck in the ignition, stalling in the middle of traffic, and issues with lighting"reverse".

- , Evansville, IN, USA

problem #4

May 012009

Grand Prix GT 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 227,500 miles

Overall I really can't complain about my car. I've hardly had any work done on it, other than normal wear and tear. However, like others, I have been having problems with the key being stuck in the ignition. I will try a few of the suggestions here to see if I can get it to work. I love my car and will keep it until it won't run any more. I have more than got my money's worth from this vehicle. I was really sad when I learned they were no longer making them.

- , Kenna, WV, USA

problem #3

Oct 232008

Grand Prix GTP 3.8L V6 Sc

  • Automatic transmission
  • 189,000 miles

what a pain in the ass. i just use two keys and leave one in the ignition when it happens. lol

- , Worcester, MA, USA

problem #2

Jul 172007

Grand Prix SE 3800 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

There is a small hole under the steering wheel right under the ignition. If you use a screwdriver about 4 inches long that fits in the hole you will find the key slips right out. I had it checked out and they said it would cost over $300 to fix. I'm sticking with the 2 dollar screwdriver.

- , St. Cloud, MN, USA

problem #1

May 272008

Grand Prix GT 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,235 miles

I am very glad this site exists as we were looking for a solution and response #10 was the answer we were looking for, so thank you!!!!!!!!!

- , Lacombe, AB, Canada

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