Engine not staying turned on

1. Make and Model of your car? = Mercury Courgar
2. Current odometer reading? = 125,000
3. Stick Shift or Automatic Transmission? = Stick Shift
4. 2 or 4 wheel drive? = 2 wheel drive
5. Strange sounds? = No
6. Fluid leaks? No
7. Past repair history if applicable? Timing was completed about 3 years ago.

Unfortunately, I've had to garage my 1999 Mercury cougar for the past 2 years. During the last year I did not turn the car on at all. I'm getting ready to give it to my younger brother so that it doesn't just sit in my garage. When I went to turn it on the engine did not seem to want to remain on. It sounded like it wanted to start, and the starter is turning the engine.
I went to a local auto parts store and they recommended that I spray some starter fluid where the air comes into the engine. That seemed to have started the car, but as soon as the spray was exhausted, the car went back to it's orignal state which was not remaining turned on even though the starter is turning the engine.
I've added clean fuel, and have replaced the battery. I've asked around, and someone mentioned that the car alarm may impact the fuel pump some how if it is disconnected from the battery too long. The car did sit in the garage for at least a year without a working battery.
Does anyone know where I could look in the alarm area, or know if that may even impact the car from starting up after being turned off for such a long time?
What else could I look at? Any ideas are appreciated.

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Saturday, September 22nd, 2007 AT 5:33 PM

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Perform a fuel pressure check. I recommend you change the fuel filter for a start.

Do you hear the fuel pump buzzing for a few secs? If not, check the fuel pump relay and inertia switch somewhere in the trunk
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Saturday, September 22nd, 2007 AT 5:42 PM

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