Since new, my 2002 has a starting problem every couple of weeks. It can
happen in freezing cold, or hot weather, or first thing in the morning or
after driving for a while and stopping for gas or groceries. One turns the
key and nothing happens - just silence. However, the lights, radio, etc, are
still working. After 5 to 20 minutes of attempts, it starts like nothing had
ever happened. The dealer "cleaned the ignition switch contacts" to no
avail. Of course, it starts fine at their shop. After several visits, they
said they do not know what is wrong and I will have to wait until it will
not start permanently so they can diagnose it and, perhaps, replace the
starter. (Meanwile the warantee is over - sound familiar?). Love the car but
my wife now refuses to drive it for fear of being stranded if she ever stops
on the way home.
I would be grateful for any ideas or tales of similar problems!