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While driving automatically doors unlock radio and climate control turn off, hazards come on. Mechanic said instrument cluster$$$. Sometimes there are no issues and the panel works fine. Sometimes car does start, seems like it goes through a cycle and after5-15 minutes starts up. He quotes me at 1800! I want to ask here first before I shell out that amount. Is there something else I should look into?

My car has 84000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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