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Keys do not open doors just the keyless remote

We just purchased a 2003 pontiac vibe and the actual keys do not unlock any of the doors, we have a keyless remote and that works....but not the actual keys.

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Sounds like someone replaced the ignition. The vibe uses one key for all locks and if you replace just one the key wont work. you might see if the dealer can get a factory replacement from the factory key code. you will need to get a new key with the factory code as well but this should solve the problem.

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