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1994 Grand Prix Starter Problem

Car has 78,900 miles on it and in early March started not turning on when ignition turned. I would hear a clicking noise. After a few tries, I would stop, wait a minute or two and then try again with success. Brought car to mechanic who replaced the starter. Car worked for 2-3 weeks and had same problem again. Got my second "new" starter (early april). Car worked fine until last week when my starter apparently cooked itself according to my mechanic. It was the most scary 8-10 minutes of my recent life, when I turned my car on, heard a strange buzzy sound, turned the car off and the car was still running, then what sounded like metal scraping metal. So had to call AAA to get it towed to my mechanic who then explained that when the engine gets turned on, the starter goes out and then comes back in but it stayed out and ran itself dead, so he gave me a new brand of starter (my 3rd in 2 months), which would have been ok had the same problem not come back after 5 days with the new starter. I'm at my wits end! I don't know what else to do or what the problem can be. I've been on a couple of forums that mention that when you get a new starter, that you should get a new set of keys because the resistor in the key isn't lined up or maybe its the flywheel which is a HUGE job. 
Is it safe to leave the car in this state? I don't know much about cars and engines, but I don't want to be in a constant state of anxiety every time I start my car! 
Please help!
Thanks. Jae

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There are a couple of things that can cause this. First are you getting good quality starters? Are they really new or are they rebuilt? I would recomend a new AC Delco starter, and you can get them from some parts stores, not just a dealer. A starter relay can cause this too, replace it, it is inexpensive. The third possible cause would be the ignition switch, does it feel funny when you turn the key? The flywheel will nake a starter make unusual noise every time you crank the motor. As far as the keys, I have never heard of such, and I have been a GM mechanic for 20 years. Be sure you are getting a NEW starter. Good Luck

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