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1996 9000 CS will not start

I have a 1996 Saab 9000 CS that has been running fine. 105,000 miles. Direct Ignition Module failed and was replaced at 55,000 miles. Fuel pumps are original. Drove to work, and ran errands ran a little rough while backing. Six hours later it cranked fine but would not start. the outside temp had dropped to below freezing. Walked home.... Walked to work about 6 hours later and the car started, I drove 4 blocks parked and turned it off and it would not start again. Checked the plugs which were not wet (Gas was nearly empty and I was thinking water). The nearest SAAB repair is one state west so I'd prefer not to tow it if I can avoid it. Any ideas?

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Try adding some HEET to it it is a gas line antifreeze product which also takes care of water in the gas other then that you may need a fuel pump which will require a towe

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