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Tuff start ,then no start

Twice now my '03 Jag X-type 2.5 has had this same issue.
First time my husband started said it was a little tough thought was cold after not driving the entire weekend. Got it started, warmed up, pulled out of the driveway and realized forgot his paperwork. Turned car off, as he needed house key, got his things went out and car would not start. Left Jag in driveway and he took other vehicle. I went out started just fine. Drove around the block and the Engine malfunction light came on. Turned car off, went inside and called mechanic. Went back out, started fine, light was gone. Drove to mechanic and they kept the entire day to see if problem would repeat. No Way! Second time, hard start, warmed car up fully, drove to gas station, turned off pumped gas, got in no start. All the bells and whistles, engine sounded like low battery and then shivered like a baby and died. No engine malfunction light this time. Waited 20 minutes for tow truck. Driver could not start at all, no shivering just minor bells and whistles. Driver got to shop off loaded car ( about 20 more minutes) car started no problem for mechanic! This was one month to the day of last time. Last time cost me nothing , this time a tow and 1/4 hour labor. They cleaned the battery terminals and periodically started. The mechanic can not fix a problem that is not there. He said he can plug it in for diagnosis but if the vehicle is starting great will most likely find nothing! He also said jokingly," He would keep it a month and see if he could recreate problem."
PLEASE, help! Thankfully both times I was home or close to home! I don't want to get stuck someplace on the side of the road. Am hoping you can give my mechanic a starting point that won't waste his time and my money????????

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If fuel filter hasn't been changed lately I would start with that, as well as adding some gasline antifreeze with moisture remover, or "heet" (brand name). do you always re-fuel at same place? Not sure where your at, but you did say, cold, so moisture in your tank, from warm & cold temperatures would definately cause problems similar to what your experiencing. Do you hear any hum from rear of car when you cycle key to on, but not start, if yes, turn it off & back on, 2 or 3 times & listen for same, then try to start & see if it makes a difference. Try the additive first, as I said, but if that doesn't do it, try to get a fuel pressure test done before & after filter change, or ideal would be when it won't start, as we all know, it won't do when mechanic has it. Let's hope filter cures it.

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