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1996 pontiac firebird V-6 starting problems

My car was running rough ,so I replaced the coil and a bad spark plug wire.It started long enough to get it off the ramps, then would not start again in ten minutes. It was getting plenty of fuel, so I check the wiring , according to the diagram it was in the security system, so I by passed it with a wire. It ran for a few seconds then died . I had a new key made at the dealership, still no help. I removed the wire I used to by pass the security , now it won't start at all. Any suggestions?

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    im have the same thing happen to me but if i trun the key on real fast way its runing it wont shut down for about 5 or 6 sec

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It may be the electronic key ignition part of the key ignition. try replacing that part. I had a camaro that did the same thing and that was the problem.

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