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Turn the key a little the power dies, turn it all the way and you just get a click. Lights shine brightly (battery is ok) everything in the car will come on. Can't jump it off either.

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These vehicles are also renownd for having starter issues, if the problem is let go too long, the armature may fail and this could be costly..

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Sounds like an ignition switch problem more than a starter. If the ignition switch is bad you wont be able to jump it either. Had an ignition switch go bad on me and it seemed like the starter was bad but mechanic swapped out sw and worked fine

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