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Ignition and Transmisssion Locked on 2000 Chevy Malibu

I cannot start my 2000 Chevy Malibu b/c the ignition will not turn at all. I tried jiggling the shifter (also locked up), wrenching the wheel, jiggling the key, trying both sides of the key, trying the other set of keys, had other people try as well........and cannot get the thing to turn at all.

Is this a security system gone bad?
Do I need a locksmith? -- or will a mechanic be cheaper?
Is this a replace the ignition job? or........?

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    Does this car have a brake interlock system? If so, have you tried depressing tehbrake pedal while attempting to start?

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I had a similar problem on a 2001 GM product. The problems all stemmed from a worn out key. Keys are made from softer metals so that they wear out before the expensive cylinder does. Debris had collected in the cylinder preventing ANY key from turning it - corrected that with compressed air. Replaced the key at the dealer by providing the VIN and my ID w/registration - $10.00. Kept the old keys because they still worked for opening the trunk. Try it, I bet your symptoms and fix actions are very similar, at least, I hope so. Regards.

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