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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Classic Won't Start

I have a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu classic. It has needed a tow to the mechanics twice in the last year to have the key reprogrammed so that it will start (it turns over... just won't start). This just happened again today (last time it happened was just 3 days ago). Looking for a long term solution for a fix.

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Call the dealer. There is a recall on the ignition switch.

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