Gauge cluster and interior lights not working

Ok so to make a long story short ever since I got my car (Nov 05) the lights on the gaugle cluster and the interior lights (HVAC and windows, etc) have not worked, but the gauges did read just not illuminated.

Well, a couple of months later the gauges stopped reading. The only way they would read was if I pushed the cluster in towards the firewall. As soon as I let go, they would not read anymore.

Thinking this was a problem with the gauge cluster I bought one on eBay from a junkyard in Georgia. I removed my old cluster and installed the new one - nothing. Gauges didnt read or illuminate.

Fast forward to today. I took it to a shop by my apt and dropped it off for a diagnosis. I went to check on it a few minutes ago and the guy says that my cluster needs to be programmed. I asked what that had to do with my interior lights not working and he said they are all connected via the cluster (light switch -> cluster -> interior lights). I said ok, well, why haven't my lights worked even with my old cluster? His response: it needs to be programmed too.

I said fuck it, picked up my car and came home.

I'm getting very frustrated with this. I can't drive my car now because I don't know how much gas is in it.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
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