OK, It's been a painful couple of days but I've accepted defeat here.
The culprit can only be the dash itself, I think the key thing did make a difference but wasn't the cause (more of a side-effect)
I still think me pressing the keyfob button continuously whilst it was in the ignition has reset something, no idea what though.
One thing IS for sure, it's all down to the dash
, I can't tell you exactly why but the more I read up on it, the more obvious it becomes.
Moral of the story is:
If you are experiencing intermittent dash problems, unless you are friends with someone who knows their Sh** electrically speaking, it is going to cost you at least $150.
Don't forget to check for any possible causes either as it will happen again.
It was peeing down today and the sunroof started leaking on my sons head, only a tiny bit but enough to short stuff out, clean/replace those seals!!!!!!!
IMHO French cars just don't like cold, wet weather at all.
Will definitely be keeping a hold of the old dash to get some experiments going to see what went south, at least then I could report back here and have some piece of mind on the matter. Waiting on a phone call to confirm my beliefs and the dent in my beer money.