My 2005 1.7SE petrol (Manual) FR-V has been as reliable as anything for the 8 years I have had it. A couple of wear and tear repairs and that has been all. However, last week (twice) and today(once) when I tried to start the car from cold the turnover was noticeably sluggish and the car would not fire in the normal, instantaneous way. I noticed that the green key symbol on the console display ( that usually only flashes a few times pre- ignition) remained flashing continuously whilst driving. There didn't seem to be any detrimental effect on the running of the car though. Subsequent starts of the car were normal though. To get the car started I followed some advice on a forum - remove the key fully each time after trying to turn the engine over for a second or so. Upon insertion of the key and turning to the first position, waited for the green key symbol to extinguish and then turned over the engine. This resulted in the engine firing after the third / fourth cycle of the above procedure, although the flashing key symbol remained present when driving. I searched the forum and the internet for similar experiences and solutions ranged from keys losing their coding, bad earthing somewhere in the circuit, software control system errors, relays failing to parasitic battery drain. Would someone be able to give me a brief, systematic approach to attempt troubleshooting please? I am reasonably practical but am not particularly with auto-electronics ( I do know how to carry out basic measurements with a meter though - continuity etc). Thank you in advance for your help.