So I think I may have figured out what is going on, also in relation to my previous dead/intermittent keyless remote.
There seems to be an issue with a door sensor, probably drivers side. My brother came to me earlier in the morning before I'd left for work and asked why my remote was in pieces, and then told me he put it together and it worked fine. Sure enough he was correct.
When I got to my first stop at work, the remote "stopped working" again.. So I opened and reclosed my drivers door and it worked like it was before.
We looked at the car later when I was home for the day and he also noted the contact mechanism for the rear hatch window and how the pins were dirty so maybe the inside of there should be cleaned as well.
But I suppose my further concern is the door latch for the drivers door. What would cause it to NOT be depressed enough even when I am closing the door properly, etc. Or what is causing it to be closed but register as not so? Its covered by the rubber cap piece, but I guess its possible its dirty. I guess I'm worried it could be physical stress as well like the door no longer sitting properly ?
To start with should it be OK to pop that rubber cover and hit it with CRC electrical cleaner, then some silicone lubricant? Likewise for the hatch glass, and perhaps the hatch lock mechanism itself.. Can i just hit all that stuff with contact cleaner and then silicone lube?
On the up side I have a remote for the "spare" (original key I got with the car) now. Although its panic button doesn't seem to work, which is actually fine I have no need for one and it looks easy to set off being on the back like it is.. lol
2004 Base Automatic