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Having same dashbpard problems

How hard is it to fix this yourself? If we can find one in a junkyard and how much would a cluster cost used and new ?

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If you know a little and have common sense its really not bad just watch what youre doing and replace it gear shift cable is the worst but not bad to change the cluster

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