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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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
77,500 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
2004 Chevrolet Cavalier AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 032010

Cavalier 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


the clicking noise is not coming from the fan if you are recirculate mode it works fine as soon as you put it in anything else the clicking begins. even if fan is turned off

- , rapid city, sd, USA

problem #2

Jun 212009

(reported on)

Cavalier LE 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Cannot use another setting on a/c or heater but the lower one that looks like arrow thru picture of car, if I do then the clicking starts!!!!

- , Niles, OH, USA

problem #1

Aug 242006

(reported on)


  • 32,500 miles

Clicking noise in the heater when it's on for awhile. Having multiple problems with my 2004 Chevy Cavalier. Wondering if anyone else out there is having the same problem.

- , Columbus, OH, USA

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