Check for vacuum leaks (especially around the intake gasket, they're bad on this type of engine).
Also, check your IAC valve, MAP sensor, oxygen sensors, EGR valve.
You could also have dirty injectors.
If you have a scanner, and your car runs long enough, do the following: check your Short Term Fuel Trim (STFT) and Long Term Fuel Trim (LTFT) values. It should be between -8 an +8. If you have values greater than 10, your engine is running lean. At this point, rev the engine to 1500-2000 rpm for about one minute and check your values again: if your STFT drops down to a normal reading, you have a vacuum leak. If it doesn't change, you would likely have a problem with your fuel delivery, which in your case could be dirty injectors since you replace the fuel filter, and your fuel pressure is good.
Do you have any codes/pending codes?
Okay, I have to ask: you said you sprayed starter fluid; you would do that only if a car doesn't crank over to figure out what's missing (spark or fuel); I thought the car was actually cranking over and then stall. Do you mean that it does not even crank over?
If the car doesn't crank over, have you checked for sparks when you're cranking the car?
Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 AT 3:42 PM