Originally Posted by bonnie94sse
So.... I know this is on a Cutlass and not a Bonne, but is there a way to replace just that gauge (doesn't look like it IMO) or will I have to scrounge for a whole new instrument panel?
The key here is to find out how the gauge was installed in the faceplate in the first place. My guess is that if you've got a gauge with a separate plastic hub on it, the needle is attached to the shaft somehow, then the little plastic hub is snapped over that to make it look neater.
That is, all the gauges are plugged into the cluster with their shafts installed but no needles in place. Then they put the faceplate over the cluster, and install all the gauge needles at once.
Since you've now broken the needle off the gauge, does it in fact have a separate plastic cap over the hub of the needle? If so, can you carefully pry it off and see what'* underneath? If so, this may tell you how you can extricate a junkyard donor gauge without either breaking it or having to buy (and swap in) an entire replacement cluster.
Finally, you could also try the dealer and see if the gauge and needle are available separately (i.e. not as part of an entire replacement cluster). If so, they'll certainly be shipped unassembled so that they can be installed in the existing cluster.