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I have a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix GT Sedan, it has 125.500 miles on it. I have owned it since it was new and never had a problem until yesterday. The anti-theft system would not allow me to do anything - it just kept sounding the alarm. A mechanic undid a connection to the battery and left if off for about 30 minutes and then when everything was hooked back up the car was ok. What is going on? Mechanic told me I needed to think about getting a new car, what do you think? What do you recommend? Thank you for your help, Sherry

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Sherry, Thank You for writing in to askpatty, being that the vehicle is running after you disconnected the alarm system, why buy another? The alarm system does not effect it mechanically. AJ

Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Sherry, If you want to know whether you should keep your Grand Prix or not, it needs to be determined by taking it to a trained auto technician and having a thorough inspection. Let the technician know you are questioning whether to keep or sell and want to know all the repairs and maintenance services needed to make it safe, reliable and faulty alarm system free. Ask them to prioritize the work and to give you a detailed estimate of any work needed. If they determine it is not worth keeping, then your decision was made by facts and not on something somebody said in passing. All My Best, Amy Mattinat author: "How To Buy A Great Used Car" available:

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