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Probationary Member
Apr 8, 2021
Dewey, Oklahoma
Hi guys, i recently purchased a 96 GST auto with 119k miles. Paid $100 for it, (not a typo). Guy at work had it, parked it because he got a new car. Sat for four years, lost the keys. Drilled ignition, unlocked the wheel, put a battery in it and it fired right up. Runs great, for awhile anyways but thanks to this forum i believe i found the problem (plugwires) because once it builds boost it falls on its face.

The only real issue i have is the ignition and i have looked everywhere online to try and figure it out. I replaced the ignition and when i start the car, and let go of the key, it turns back and shuts itself off every time. I have to hold it by hand or rig something to hold it into the ON position, idk what else to do.

ANY advice and help would be greatly appreciated.



Nov 14, 2013
Independence, Kansas
Sure sounds like a bad ignition switch. It needs to keep 12v to the ECU when you let off the "Start" part. I would do as @motomattx suggests.
You can also do the push button start thing but that looks very shady.


Proven Member
Feb 26, 2012
Indianapolis, Indiana
For future reference, as long as you have proof of ownership like a title you can have keys made at a dealership for under $20. Sure as hell beats replacing locks because you destroyed them.


Probationary Member
Apr 8, 2021
Dewey, Oklahoma
Okay so I changed plug wires and ignition and no luck. Once car builds max boost it falls on its face so bad you have to lift then it’s fine. I don’t need to build max boost to drive it daily but still odd it only does it when it’s at the max.

also put a another new ignition in and it does the same exact thing the other one does, so my guess is something else is wrong.
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