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Old 03-30-2009, 12:52 PM   #1
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Ignition switch fails miserably

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Mechanical failure of the ignition switch lock.
Not rebuildable.
Tow to dealership
Replace ignition/immobilizer to the tune of 530$

I am going car shopping soon, a Nissan Cube looks fun!
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Old 03-30-2009, 01:06 PM   #2
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Anything mechanical can and will break eventually. Any chance there was a "wad" of keys hanging off the key ring?
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Old 03-30-2009, 02:03 PM   #3
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Why would they have to replace the immobilizer?
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Old 03-30-2009, 02:06 PM   #4
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Why would they have to replace the immobilizer?

Honda only sells the ignition cylinder as a complete set with the wire harness and the immobilzer unit.
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Old 03-30-2009, 02:13 PM   #5
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Ah. Looks like you wouldn't save much by omitting it anyway; the immobilizer (39730-SDA-A11) lists for all of $43.
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Old 03-31-2009, 10:15 PM   #6
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2005 Element
Mechanical failure of the ignition switch lock.
Not rebuildable.
Tow to dealership
Replace ignition/immobilizer to the tune of 530$

I am going car shopping soon, a Nissan Cube looks fun!

Wow, that sucks.

Thinking back, would you still have gone to the dealer even if a locksmith told you they could fix it. The reason I ask is because I've had a lot of lost calls recently because people insist on going to the dealer. They seem to think all we do is unlock cars.

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Old 04-01-2009, 09:05 AM   #7
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Dealer comes through with some comp

So here I am trying to be really annoyed and the service manager at Cardinal Honda talks Honda into providing the part gratis, I am out the labor but my bill came to $280 instead of $530, considering it's 4 years old and out of warranty it was a very pleasant surprise.

Not the first time the service guys have hooked me up like this , so if you are in Southern New England you might want to check them out (Groton, CT)

My locksmith buddies told me it was not rebuildable but I did get a look at the assembly and it reminds me of coin op laundry equipment -lots of die cast metal etc.
It had to be a real pain in the *ss to remove because the key itself would not turn.

I am still gonna look at a Nisssan Cube when they come out, but might not be in such a hurry to replace my element as long as gas stays cheap.
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Old 04-01-2009, 10:19 PM   #8
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You know, that's the first time I've ever seen a post like that... "I was trying to be the 'hard' customer, and the dealership still put me at ease" I came from a Saturn based forum, and nobody EVER had anything good to say about their dealer.
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Old 06-24-2009, 08:50 AM   #9
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ignition cylinder

Well you're getting as bargain. My 2005 E is at Rick Hendrick Honda right now getting the cylinder replaced for close to $800 bux, including towing and reprogramming the key. They'll probably charge me for diagnosis too, tho I told them what was wrong. I didn't call a locksmith first but talked to the local Honda independant mechanic and he couldn't do it.

They also offered to replace the driver side lock cylinder for another $240 but I read on another Honda thread I could install the remote switch for around $100.
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