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Well if wiggling the steering wheel doesn't work there's more to it. I can't take credit for this fix, but here's a link referencing the exact problem and solution. It does involve taking the steering column apart somewhat but it doesn't look too bad. In case the link below gets removed for some reason, just Google: "2004 Pontiac GTO key wont turn" Good Luck; http://www.ls1gto.com/forums/showthread.php?t=184864
Assuming the engine is in good shape and not in need of a major tune-up, check your carburetor choke. It's not closing when cold. Clean and adjust.
Get a service manual and follow the instructions. Far too complicated to cover here.
Also, make sure you know how to properly SET the choke on a cold start. Slowly push the gas pedal to the floor and let up. Start engine without touching gas. If it's REALLY cold, like 0 degrees, you can hold the pedal halfway down while starting, after setting the choke.
i have a 1997 pontiac grand am and it did the same thing when you go to start car and it won't start after 3 trys you have to turn the key to the on postion and let it set for 11 min no more then 11 min then turn it off and count to 30 then it should start. there is no way to go around this wiring .i have asked everybody also if you disconect the battery for a while and hook it back up that might reset the computer and that will work that is what fixed mine for now its been 6 months and hasn't done i sense
When you turn the key to start position that 2 or 3 times does starter click? or does it do nothing? If it clicks starter selanoid on starter is bad, If it don't click at all its ignition switch thats bad.