So I bought some starting fluid (ether) and sprayed it into the intake box. The car started up, revved to 2k as usual, sputtered out and stalled. It wouldn't idle.
After a few more tries, I can get it to start up on most tries, after a few seconds of cranking and some throttle application. It will kind of idle for about 5 seconds, then stall. During this "idle" it sounds kind of like a Harley, lots of odd popping and snorting sounds at odd intervals. This is how it was running the very first time I tried to restart it on the side of the road when it first started running goofy. "Back to square one", in a way. Oh, and sometimes when I do start it up and it revs up to 2k or 3k, it sounds pretty normal and functional.
Ok, as I was typing this, I gave it a few more tries to start. Can't get it to start up now. It's like my ether ran out and it's not getting fuel again. Leaning towards fuel issue.
Mine: 2006 Mazda3 s GT Hatch: 115k, Gray, Manual
Gone: 2002 SVT, #1654
Hers: 2012 Focus Ti Sedan: 55k, SGM, Manual