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Seems like a fuel delivery problem.
May be a bad fuel pump, clogged fuel filter or a fuel line problem.
What car make/model? What engine?
When it dies, try to turn ignition off immediately, wait a couple of seconds and turn the key quickly to the crank position (don't wait with the key in ignition-on position so that the fuel pump doesn't try to pump fuel into the fuel lines).
If it hesitates to start or runs significantly shorter before dying, you have pinpointed a problem with the fuel system.
I am having the same problem. did you figure out what was wrong with yours. I have tested all of the wires in the harness under the dash, they r fine. I pulled off the starter and had it tested; O'rilies said it was fine. It is a 5 speed, and I can push start the car just fine any time. Like yours, some days my car starts, some days it doesn't. The days it starts, it runs fine with no problems starting or running. the problem is the days that it wont start.
Try replacing the engine relay switch. It is located under the hood with the other relays. If not check the wires for ground. Check the battery cables , especially the cable that goes to the positive of the starter.