Well... I replaced the fuse even though it looked ok, I attempted removing the GM module with no luck. I just pushed it in real good and screwed the cover back down. Haven't had any problems with it since.
Took it on a first voyage (for the car) to key west... car was a dream to drive. decent gas mileage... 25-27MPG. Probably could have been better had I chose a lower cruise speed. I think this car is a keeper.