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If it was with me I'd be checking:
Powers and grounds (Battery, starter relay, solenoid, starter motor etc, ect.)
Scan for codes, (dtc's) and perform a health check) check to see if all modules are communicating with each other.
Check CanBus resistance (should be approx. 60 ohms across pins 6 and 14 on DLC or at any control module)
Check CanBus signal and voltages, CanH and CanL with a scope.
Throttle body acuator and sensor (power and ground)

Must admit I'm assuming they have already checked for current or historic fat codes, but we don't know.

OP - is the garage experienced with this sort of fault finding?
 
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I've never used the services of this car electrician before, didn't really need it to be honest. After the first failed repair attempt, my "usual" mechanic wanted to send the BSI module away for repairs (around £200+) which is not a guarantee to fix this problem. The car electrician guy I left my car with today seems fairly genuine. He did diagnostics of the car free of charge, found the fuse box second-hand online (as he was not certain whether it would help or not, diagnostics were not clear, and apparently, there are no faults shown when the car is running, on the other side, when it's faulty he could not get a response from the system) and charged me only for the part and an hour of labour.

My "usual" mechanic charged me £70 for diagnostics and fiddling with the cables (he literally said that), which resulted in my car starting, but then the fault came back the very same day. And they were very blunt in saying that they have no idea what's wrong and it will probably cost hundreds to get it sorted. I got also a feeling that they could not be bothered with this either, rather focus on people's clutches or brakes, hence throwing the large bills in the conversation to put me off.
 
One of the techniques for finding problems is to disturb the cables. This checks for poor connections . Given you documented this above , it becomes likely that there is a bad connection either in the positive or negative wiring . It is also possible that this is temperature related.

in older times, I had a car that would start and fail when driven a few feet. Wait 5 minutes and it started again. Fault was a loose connection which broke with the vibration and settled back when stationary.

let’s hope it’s a bad connection and it fixes very easily. Tampering with the wires is a recognised technical method
 

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One of the techniques for finding problems is to disturb the cables. This checks for poor connections . Given you documented this above , it becomes likely that there is a bad connection either in the positive or negative wiring . It is also possible that this is temperature related.

in older times, I had a car that would start and fail when driven a few feet. Wait 5 minutes and it started again. Fault was a loose connection which broke with the vibration and settled back when stationary.

let’s hope it’s a bad connection and it fixes very easily. Tampering with the wires is a recognised technical method

'Wiggle test'
 
The car still at mechanics, the guy can't find the problem, says the car is starting every day, but obviously not fixed the problem, so I don't think anything will be done about it.
 
The car still at mechanics, the guy can't find the problem, says the car is starting every day, but obviously not fixed the problem, so I don't think anything will be done about it.
Probably need to drive it as this will cause vibrations. The problem also could be temperature related. This would show if the car heated up ( may de dependent on your weather forecast
 
Probably need to drive it as this will cause vibrations. The problem also could be temperature related. This would show if the car heated up ( may de dependent on your weather forecast
I'm not sure as some days car would start no problem after standing all night on the drive, and then the next morning it would bring up the fault again and not start... I'm lost and really fed up, I feel like just selling it to we buy any car and get £500 or whatever. No one seems to have an idea what to do with this without stripping the whole car, which might not even show the fault.
 

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Sadly this sort of fault can be incredibly difficult to find, even by decent diagnostic places.

Someone I knew a few years ago had a Vauxhall Astra which started having electrical problems from when it was nearly new. After many trips to the dealers, and much work having been done (including replacing a lot of the wiring), they scrapped it and supplied an alternative car.

I do hope you can get it sorted though. It's one of those where at some point you may have to cut you losses though.
 

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