If you rev it as soon as it starts does it still die? keep the pedal somewhat pushed down as you start it and see if you can keep it running with some throttle
yeah very infrequently, also I have keyless entry but my key doesn't have a chip in it so I know it's not an alarm issue. I'm gonna clean my IAC and see if tht helps at all.Sounds exactly like my problem. Does yours also happen very infrequently?
I hear this time and again that octane rating doesn't matter, but for whatever reason it has mattered to my forester, my wife's legacy, and our Tribeca. None of them have liked switching from our normal 93 chevron to 87. It has caused hesitation, poor fuel economy, and general sluggish running. The Tribeca I know is supposed to have 91 or better, my wife put regular because she thought she was saving money...she literally went 175 miles on that tank then refilled with premium and voila back to normal 230-250 miles per tank. I trust what I have experienced, my circumstances may be unique to me but they are what they are. I have no reason to lie about them to complete strangers on the internet.Have you overlooked obvious things, like a dirty air filter or dirty throttle body?
Other than that, maybe try changing fuel brands (not octane, there's really no need for higher octane than the vehicle manufacturer recommends). I had a car years ago that did that because the fuel station I stopped at had excessive water in their storage tanks.