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I have a 93 Dodge Colt 1.5 liter engine. I've noticed in the last month or so after it starts that the idle seems to go high and take 15 or 20 seconds to get back down to normal. Two days ago I went to the store and got back in the car and it just cranked over and would not start. I waited about 1 minute and tried it again and started right up. Then I went to the gas station, got gas and again it would just crank and not start. Waited about 1 minute and started right up and got me home about 10 miles away. Later that same day I did about a 50 mile trip with no problems. Today I started it up and got about 1/2 down the road and noticed the Check Engine light lit up and about 5 seconds later the engine died. It's a 5 speed so I took it out of gear and cranked it over while still rolling but would not start. I put it back in gear and pumped the gas pedal quickly and it started back up. but then died about a mile down the road again. So I waited about a minute and it started again so drove it home. It's got about 140,000 miles on it. Mike

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Its probably your computer. Had the same thing happen to me about ten years back. About 500 dollars. better off finding one on ebay or at a junk yard.

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