Q: Q: Cold Starting Problems

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battery is fine, but it's snowy and cold outside (single digits). cleared off the car and went to start it. didn't want to stay started. took 5 tries and car did 'start' but not a normal start - didn't sound like all parts engaged and there wasn't any exhaust heat or 'steam' coming out of the tail pipe. normally a loud engine, but sounded very puny and the check engine light is now on. (mileage is high 200k range). Been a solid car for the 5 years of ownership with only minor, normal routine repairs.
My car has a manual transmission.

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