Ignition Locked Up Couldn't Turn My Key

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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
85,000 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. replace lock cylinder (2 reports)
2004 Pontiac Grand Am accessories - interior problems

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2004 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 272015

Grand Am 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles


My lock cylinder kept getting stuck when I tried to turn my key. I had to wiggle a few times to get it to work.. I took car to dealer for GM recall for their faulty switch. All they did was put a piece of plastic on my keys to prevent keys from moving around which is bull. They should've changed out the ignition switch and lock cylinder. I took my lock cylinder to a lock smith to change tumblers inside because my key wouldn't turn. Now my car only starts when I use my remote start. It does nothing when I try to start it with just the key like if the battery is dead. When I start it with my remote starter it works and stays on, but now my headlights, heater, dash board lights don't work and gauges on dashboard flicker back and forth really fast when I start it with remote start. I'm thinking my ignition switch might be bad now. GM needs to address the problem!!!!! Fix their mistakes! I see a lot of complaints about ignition switches.

- , Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #4

Jan 012014

Grand Am GT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 178,000 miles

I contacted a dealership when I heard there was a recall, what a joke, my car isn't one that's recalled. Switch is almost impossible to turn on, I have to leave the key in the car close to ACC to start the car.

- , Lake Waynoka, OH, USA

problem #3

May 042008

Grand Am GT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

the ignition switch is hard to turn on it has to be wiggled a bit to turn over.and since then the vehicle will turn off all by itself. the first time I went over some railroad tracks. it shut down and I had to coast to the side of the road and wait to restart.it was a very scary experience. it has happened again it has happened 4 times in a 5 mile stretch. then ran fine.

- , Heyburn, ID, USA

problem #2

Aug 012008

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

Since I've had the vehicle it has cost me almost as much as I paid for the car to repair the fuel system completely, more than once.

Is anyone else experiencing these problems with their 04 Pontiac?

- , Las Vegas, NV, US

problem #1

Sep 082007

Grand Am SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

Okay I had my uncle who fixes cars and is a locksmith drill out my ignition and replace just the lock cylinder. You don't have to replace the whole ignition. It was convenient that he could do that. But if I had to go to the dealership it would have been twice as much. He said he's seen other Pontiac grand ams have the same prob.and that the parts are not staying on the shelf very long, so it's a common problem. Why has there not been a recall?? Anyways, it sucked getting stranded a few times!!

- , Saint Paul, MN, US

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