I have basically the same issue, and its been going on for the past 8 months. it seems when i turn the key, sometimes, but not always it will simply do nothing, the dummy lights are all on when you can the ignition in the ON position, and the radio are on along with the clock that comes with the car above the av vents.
when I go to crank, during the times it wont start it will turn off the radio and keep the warming dummy lights and clock on, and simply do NOTHING at all, all that will happen is dead silence when i have the key in the crank position. so after holding it there for anywhere from 20 seconds to 2 minutes, will the car crank and start perfectly fine. this is totally random too
So i thought, hey ill buy a 30,000mi ignition from an 03 kia rio off ebay, so i did and installed it myself, and it made the sometimes it wont do anything to a 98% of the time it will crank, but now the problem is starting to come back a month or two after the new ignition was installed, so ive isolated the fact that the ignition switch assembly itself is not the issue,
so going by post #5, davespectra, your basically telling me it could be the interlock switch on my automatic, or the starter, or a ground/electrical issue, correct?
Can you tell me where exactly this interlock switch is?
also, one more thing. Recently 2 times out of the countless times i have started and successfully and unsuccessfully started the car on my first attempt of turning the key, i have heard a sort of a slow chug that chugs twice, then it starts. it sounds like to me like a starter slowly trying to crank, moving slowly twice then finally spinning fast enough to start the car with ease.
that that slow chug sound like a starter to you guys? I suppose i can start with replacing the cheapest thing first, and go from there,
I'd just like to resolve all my issues