You are exactly right. This is where the problem WAS!
I found a very useful web site explaining how to check and bypass the "VATS" system on this vehicle. The items needed cost just over $10.00 at the local Radio Shack store. After I measured and determined the correct resistance from my ignition key, the total reapair including removiing the the lower dash panel took about one hour.
Thank you for your reply.
Friday, October 16th, 2009 AT 8:40 PM