- April 10: GM Re-Recalls Ignition Switch For Another Defect
- April 8: GM Fined $7,000 a Day For Missing Ignition Switch Deadline
- March 31: GM Recalls 1.3 Million Cars for Power Steering Problems
- March 30: GM Recalls 662,000 Vehicles Due to Broken Axles and Fire Risks
- March 29: Emergency Motion Filed Against GM to 'Park It Now'
- March 28: GM Recalls Another 824,000 Cars for Ignition Switch Defect
- March 28: GM Issues Chevy Cruze Stop Sale
- March 17: It's March Madness For GM: Another 1,500,000 Vehicles Recalled
- February 21: The Most American-Made Car Brand
- January 21: 10 Out of 11 Minicars Flunk Crash Test
2004 Chevrolet Cavalier
Problems & Complaints
CarComplaints.com Notes: Widespread instrument panel failure is a common and frustrating reality for many 2004-2005 Chevy Cavalier owners. They're often left in the dark when it comes to knowing how fast they're going, what their engine temperature is, or even how much fuel they have left in the tank.
The likely culprit is a series of bad "stepper motors" which control the gauges and are no longer covered under warranty. Think not being able to see your speed is a safety issue and should be recalled for all owners? We'd agree. Trouble is, apparently the NHTSA does not.
Worst 2004 Cavalier Problems by Category
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- electrical problems125NHTSA complaints: 86
- windows / windshield problems35NHTSA complaints: 18
- engine problems19NHTSA complaints: 37
- AC / heater problems16NHTSA complaints: 1
- fuel system problems10NHTSA complaints: 12
- interior accessories problems7NHTSA complaints: 80
- lights problems7NHTSA complaints: 3
- clutch problems6NHTSA complaints: 6
- suspension problems6NHTSA complaints: 3
- exterior accessories problems5NHTSA complaints: 10
- body / paint problems5NHTSA complaints: 10
- transmission problems3NHTSA complaints: 12
- brakes problems2NHTSA complaints: 16
- cooling system problems2
- steering problems2NHTSA complaints: 6
- seat belts / air bags problems1NHTSA complaints: 10
- wheels / hubs problems1NHTSA complaints: 6
- miscellaneous problemsNHTSA: 8
- drivetrain problemsNHTSA: 2
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