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2001 Pontiac Grand Prix accessories - interior problems: keys stuck in the ignition

Keys Stuck In The Ignition

7.8

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$512.00
Average Mileage:
88,182 miles
Total Complaints:
11 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. push small round button under steering column (3 reports)
  3. replaced the shifter (2 reports)
  4. fiddle with the shifter. (1 reports)
  5. i dont have a solution......i need one...because car is on (1 reports)
  6. replace ignition lock solenoid (1 reports)
2001 Pontiac Grand Prix accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2001 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #11

Sep 112011

Grand Prix GT 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 143,000 miles

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

A couple days ago I noticed that my key would kinda stick when turning it to get it out. then two days ago it started just getting stuck in the car, after minutes of wiggling, and putting the shifter into drive, reverse, drive, then back to park, praying the key would come out, it WOULDNT!! After reading on someone else RANT, they told me about a circle cover, remove it with a flathead screw driver, and then push it then turn the key and BAM! Key come RIGHT OUT! So for right now..thats what Im goin to be doing to fix my issue. AUGH!! So aggravating!

- , DeSoto, MO, USA

problem #10

Oct 122009

Grand Prix V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

This is getting really complicating. I have been trying to get the key out of the ignition but it will not come out. Finally my friend removed the key but the car is still on and it starts without the key. Its in park but the light remains on and it is not recognizing that the key is out. I really think this a big problem and they should be a recall regarding this problem.

- , Brooklyn, New York, USA

problem #9

Dec 252008

Grand Prix GTP 3.8L V6 Sc

  • Automatic transmission
  • 154,000 miles

Starting to feel that purchasing this vehicle was a mistake. Within 7 months i have replaced both front bearing hubs, both axles, Coolant temp sensor, Mass airflow sensor, #3 fuel injector, Fan resistor pack, Trunk release solenoid. The HUD can hardly be seen most of the time. If it were not for doing my own work to vehicle to replace all this, I wouldn't be having a Christmas for the expenses.

- , Cheraw, SC, USA

problem #8

Feb 142006

Grand Prix GTP

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

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

I always wanted one of these cars little by little it is falling apart very very disappointing with 2 more years to pay for it

- , Greenup, KY, USA

problem #7

Feb 122007

Grand Prix SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

Had the shifter replaced. It is doing it again - only on occasion, but same problem as before.

- , Bay City, MI, USA

problem #6

Aug 312007

(reported on)

Grand Prix SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Key would get stuck in the ignition but did not happen 100% of the time. At first I just lived with the problem but then finally got it checked out. They replaced the ignition set (approx. $150-200) and a few months later still had the same problem. I took it back in and they decided I needed a new shifter. This has been replaced and I haven't had the problem since.

- , Urbandale, IA, USA

problem #5

Aug 052006

(reported on)

Grand Prix GT

  • 89,000 miles

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

I've heard this is a very common problem-very costly to fix if you dont know the shortcut. when you put the car into park, you push the little shifter button to do so, but when you release it after shifting into park, you should hear a faint click in the steering column. if you dont, then you wont be able to turn the key into the off position to take it out. fiddle with the button while the car is still running until you hear the click. then all should be well. its strange but it works every time.

- , Stacy, MN, USA

problem #4

Dec 042006

(reported on)

Grand Prix GTP 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles

My key doesn't come out of the ignition and its a real PAIN. I also have a problem with the ABS/Trac light coming on it started about the same time the other thing did. I wounder if they are related. My husband and I think it is a electrical problem. We had it at the dealer and they told us the same thing that everyone else had reported but I have not had it fixed, thinking about just getting rid of it.

- , Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #3

Nov 272006

(reported on)

Grand Prix GT 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

Took to GM dealership and was told that the problem was that the ignition lock solenoid was bad and that the entire shifter needed to be replaced. Was also told that the solenoid would eventually go out causing the car to not be able to shift.

- , Box Elder, SD, USA

problem #2

Sep 132006

(reported on)

Grand Prix GT Sedan

  • 52,000 miles

Under your steering wheel column, there is a small square hole approx. 1 1/2" wide, poke your finger in the hole (palm facing you), feel for small button & push!! Unfortunately now, since you've had the problem, you must do this procedure each time to remove your keys!!!!!!!

- , Riverview, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 212006

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • 30,000 miles

why can't I get the keys out of the cars ignition.

- , Lake City, TN, USA

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