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2005 Saturn ion . ignition problem?

My car's intermittent start problem began a little over a month ago. What really stinks about all this is that, when I've brought it in to get it fixed, it starts fine for the technician... Numerous times. And therefore, they can't fix it if it's working as is.

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I know and there is nothing more frustrating then an intermediate problem. Can you please be more specific about the description of the issue. Were any codes stored or retrieved from the ECM? Does it start then stall or does it crank but no start? Does it crank at all? Well please let me know and I'll see what I can do.

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Not sure exactly what your problem is but is it a no start, no crank with the security light flashing? Saturn has release a service bulletin on the ignition switch on the ion. They have redesigned the switch because it is defective.

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