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I have been a professional master mechanic for over 35 years and am happy to help you with this.
When it doesnt start, can you hear the starter spinning the engine, or does it make no sound at all?
This sure fits all the symptoms of a starter beginning to fail completely. This is a very common issue with this car. What happens is the starter gets a "hot spot" on the armeture inside and if it happens to land on that spot after starting, it wont start until it gets past the hot spot and after a few atempts, it will actually move the starter just a little bit and get off that hot spot.
Starter replacement is in order.
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I'll tell you a little trick....if you have a hammer and a helper sometimes if you smack the side of the starter at the same time someone is trying to start it. It will jar the starter enough to get past that hot spot :-)
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