There are approximately 125K miles on car.
To my knowledge, this is original starter but not absolutely sure.
Bought the car used from 'reputable' dealer.
Wife just walked in, says there are approx. 178K miles on car and as far as she knows, is the original starter. Friends have suggested could be related to anti-theft system, etc. but no alarm ever goes off. Wife uses original factory key to open and start car. Ignitiion switch looks OK, not loose or anything.
Makes sense to me.
Whenever the car was taken to mechanics here, the car had been driven there. So, the thing was working then. It stopped once on her, she had it towed to mechanic but by the time tow truck driver got there 10 minutes later, car started right up and guy drove the car up on the towtruck platform. Took it to mechanic who drove car for approximately 2 weeks or so, but it never failed to start on him. He was one who "tested" the starter and said there was no problem with starter.
Since "testing" a starter when it's working can be unreliable, makes sense to me to replace starter since everything else seems to be working. Just so unpredictable as to if it's gonna start or not.