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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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- interior accessories problems131NHTSA complaints: 83
- windows / windshield problems41NHTSA complaints: 18
- engine problems18NHTSA complaints: 44
- AC / heater problems17NHTSA complaints: 1
- electrical problems13NHTSA complaints: 122
- fuel system problems10NHTSA complaints: 15
- body / paint problems9NHTSA complaints: 13
- clutch problems7NHTSA complaints: 6
- lights problems7NHTSA complaints: 8
- suspension problems6NHTSA complaints: 4
- steering problems3NHTSA complaints: 12
- transmission problems3NHTSA complaints: 12
- exterior accessories problems2NHTSA complaints: 10
- brakes problems2NHTSA complaints: 18
- cooling system problems2
- seat belts / air bags problems1NHTSA complaints: 19
- wheels / hubs problems1NHTSA complaints: 6
- miscellaneous problemsNHTSA: 11
- drivetrain problemsNHTSA: 5
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