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Hi and welcome to the site, I’m Louie. Sorry you had to wait awhile but I’ll do my best to help.
Initially, "...starts in reverse and not neutral..." but would the neutral light come on?
Still, might exerpts from the Service Manual on the removable of the neutral switch provide insight / help you decide if pushing through with the DIY (do-it-yourself) repair ?
Yes please; post back with the info when able Rob.