Key Was Sliding Out Of Ignition


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
76,350 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. had locksmith cut vin key (1 reports)
  3. ordered a new key from the dealer (1 reports)
  4. replace faulty ignition switch (1 reports)
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2002 Saturn SL1 Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 122003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 900 miles


This is very scary and not safe and with all the recalls going on with GM I feel they need to look into this make and model too. Currently this car is parked and not being driven because my life and my families life mean more to me then this car!

- Kristina F., Livonia, MI, US

problem #4

Jun 122013

SL1 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

The key falls out and the car keeps running. Really Scary

- rnancy, Greenville, SC, US

problem #3

Sep 012009

SL1 1.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 185,000 miles

Had to move key up and down to get the car to start some times it takes 5 min to get it to turn over!!!!

- Terry L., Waco, TX, US

problem #2

Aug 012007

SL1 1.9L Sohc

  • Manual transmission
  • 49,710 miles

Ignition key became sticky to turn, requiring a lot of jiggling to get it to turn on. Also noticed that the key could be pulled right out of the ignition when the engine was running. I ordered a new key from the dealer, using the VIN number. (No sense cutting a copy of a bad key.) The problem went away for about a year and a half and is just not getting finicky again. I will probably have to get another key made again.

- gerryr, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

problem #1

Apr 222006

(reported on)


  • 31,000 miles

I bought this car new, and I noticed this problem right from the start but was blown off by service manager. Three years later the key started sliding out of the ignition without locking it. By then the car was out of warranty, and I ended up paying $450 to replace the ignition. Now the new ignition is starting to do the same thing. They told me they had never heard of such a thing as what happened to me, but I found another woman who had the same replacement done and an ION owner who complained about the same problem. Someone has suggested that this might be a quirk of the Saturn ignition such as having to wait sixty seconds or so until all the systems have shut down to withdraw the key, but why didn't they know that before they let me replace the ignition. Has anyone else had this problem, and if so, what was your resolution. Thanks.

- patp, Springfield, MA, US

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