I've searched around and haven't found any other posts that tell about the car being hard to start, but showing no other signs of problems. It cranks over just fine, but won't catch. Wait a minute, try again, may or may not catch. It's been taking me two or three tries and about 5 minutes to get it started. Doesn't matter if it's hot or cold, still has the problem. It just started doing it this past week. In the past 9 months I've had the car, always starts within 1 or 2 cranks. The CEL has been on a while with a code for the catalytic converter. No other problems-idles fine, seems to have normal amount of power, never sputters.
Another question: I pulled the coils and plugs to check them, and looking down the hole, I could see the top of one of the pistons (must have been near or at TDC). It looked really dirty on the top of the piston, with oily deposits, but plugs weren't oil fouled. Is it normal to have these deposits at 122K miles? I took a picture, it's tough to see, but maybe you can kinda get my drift.