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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,800 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Chevrolet Cavalier brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 192005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 3,800 miles


I have a 2004 Chevy Cavalier which has been in no accidents and is very well taken care of. The paint on this car, and other cars like it, is peeling and chipping all over the place for no reason. The door edges, bumpers, hood, and fender all have chips of paint missing or about to fall off. The clear coat on the car is also very bad and is scratched very easily and washing the car sometimes does more bad than good. I have also noticed that the rotors and drums warp very easily on this car. I have had to replace the rotors and might have to replace the drums soon. I am not the only person with such a problem that I have talked to.

- Shohola, PA, USA

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