No it doesn't sound true!!! sounds like a possible printed circuit board
failure in the instrument panel. If it ever goes out completely hit the top
of your dash with your hand to see if it starts working.
I have been that route with my daughter's 96 Neon. It was a mess of cold
solder joints on the main board that makes up the instrument panel. I
haven't had to get into her 2000 Neon dash yet but it may be the same thing.
If you pull the panel out and there is a board that everything is wired to,
check for cracks in the solder joints with a good magnifying glass.
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