Sounds like the battery in the fob..although the check control normally 'bongs' at lets you know your fob battery is low..it wont be broken, well I wouldnt have thought so, change the battery, remove the back of the fob and see what battery you have although in a 2000 model I have it in my mind they recharge whilst in the igniton, but I suppose the battery can die.
Brettski should know as he has the same car/year
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