I had two cars like that. If I loaned either to my mother to drive, it would not run the following day. My step father got really mad one day when I wouldn't loan the current one I had at the time. So for peace, I had to loan it to her and rode my bike to work. The very next day he got the keys from her and went out to start it up to prove I was full of crap. It wouldn't start. I rode my bike to work that day too. He messed with it for 5 hours and couldn't find a problem.
The next morning, it fired up on the first turn of the key. I didn't have to loan her a vehicle ever again after that.