Originally posted by CNS:
Guess I'm lucky-- my 2004 auto seems to be exempt from this mess. Can anyone explain why in 7 yrs the "brains" at GM couldnt remedy this??
Because GM / Chevrolet did not want to spend the time and money to repair or replace the defective column lock design used in the C5.

Many C5 drivers were stranded (including me while out-of-state) and I have no doubt many more would have been if the owner had not installed the bypass.

Remember - the column lock feature is a component that was included with the new car price. It is also an anti-theft device. GM's answer to the defect was to disconnect it for A4 C5's.

The entire C5 column lock design was too complicated, not thoroughly tested, and prone to failure.