Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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Print this page 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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
101,008 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace ac compressor and dryer unit (1 reports)
2004 Chevrolet Cavalier AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 242012

Cavalier LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,463 miles


I have tried to recharge the AC unit twice now and I am getting no cold air will come out, I don't know if there is a clog or if the clutch is going out, I have been told by a few different people what It could be, have had a guy look at it and he had no Idea what is going on and neither do I. I don't have much money to pay for repairs but I would love to have air conditioning so I don't have to be sweating my butt off while driving to work due to the heat being so high lately!! PLEASE HELP!!!!

- , Grove City, OH, USA

problem #2

Sep 152008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

This is the second time the stupid air went out in the car. The last time is was something simple; a fuse had blown, now it could be the air compressor or who knows and living in Atlanta in 100 degrees without working A/C is no fun!

- , Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 112007

(reported on)

Cavalier LS 2.2L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,560 miles

Here is another addition to the endless saga of interior problems occurring in my TWO YEAR OLD Chevy Cavalier. I never got much out of the AC and it has been blowing out hot air for a long time. After a systems diagnostic at a shop, I was told that the AC Compressor was not responding and the dryer unit was gone, dead. This vehicle is two years old and the AC compressor goes out. Over 950 dollars and the part alone is 650. My tint and my tolerance has been taxed and the tint needs to be redone because the head inside is getting too high. My window heaters still work. I was informed there was no coolant leak. This is outrageous. The engine runs so beautiful and looks great and so does this car. But now no AC...

Here is a list of the ongoing interior problems Dash board failure Window motor(s) failure AC Compressor ABS Warning Lights appearing and staying on CD Player Failure Radio Failure Dome Light Surge

Remember this vehicle is a 2004.

- , Atlanta, GA, USA

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