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I know this is an old post, but it just happened to me last week.
During my lunch hour, I went out and sat in the car for about half an hour, listening to the radio. After work, I get in the car and it starts, but only for a second. Yes it actually started. I crank it some more and I get that "broken" timing belt sound. I wonder WTF???
So I keep cranking, and cranking and cranking...

I pause for a few minutes to make sure I don't overheat the starter and also to call the wife to warn her she may be picking me up. So I try again, this time I depress the accelerator and it starts to fire then starts. Sputters a few seconds, then all is good.

My 25,000 mile service was due anyway, so I drive to the dealer. I tell the adviser what happened, and also mention the cold start rattle that he DID hear on the previous service. He said there were no recalls, hoping that meant no TSB's also.

Next day, he calls telling me the car is ready. Told me there was a code for a dirty MAF sensor, which they cleaned. The technician was UNABLE to duplicate the rattle, so that was a non-issue.

I know that's an issue for another thread, so I'll leave it at that.

Anyway, the car seems fine...
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