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sounds like the immobiliser is dead. 1996 immobiliser in south africa qould leave the car dead but 97 onwards cuts out the fuel supply so car starts and dies. it might be fuel relay but i doubt it. try throqing fuel into the intake manually. if it stays on for longer its prob not immobiliser.
possible ecm reset needed (electronic control module) This is easy to do at home with a pair of visegrips or a wrench set. anyway the idea is to disconnect the car batt for atleast 2-3 minutes and with the key out of the ignition replace the batt terminals and tighten them wait 2-3 minutes and then get in car turn key only to light the dash this is called the post, once the dash has sat in the active position for the time said 2-3 minutes, turn car off remove key replace key and start the car let it run for a min or so and then turn off and exit the car and proceed to activate the alarm if the prob still is there i then suggest an ecm test any mechanic or dealer will test it for a nominal fee, if there is any thing at all not right with the car this test will get to the root. and if the test is showing no problems with the car the issue is most likely in the electronic keychain alarm keylock box
First make sure you have the wires on the cap right. Remember the timing mark goes past the arrow twice for every firing of cylinder number one. The cap should not move at all, make sure it is fitting on the distributor correctly. Make sure it is identical to the old cap, even try the old cap again. I hope you have not moved the timing adjustment, you'll need the book to get it right.
I had this problem before, replace your cap & rotor if it wont start in the rain after that then replace your spark plug wires it will run you about 60 bucks for everything depending on where you go and then your on your way in the rain. Some hair line cracks can form in the cap that are not visible to the eye, and for the wires the can be shorting out to the block or head which is also not visible to the eye.