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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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,000 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 clutch problems

clutch problem

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 052007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 60,000 miles


My 2004 Cavalier has had two slave cylinders to fail. Clutch goes to the floor failing to release the clutch.

- Olive Hill, KY, USA

problem #2

Aug 312007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 42,000 miles
I have 2004 Chevy Cavalier with less than 40K mileage. On August 31, 2007, the clutch pad suddenly did not back up on my way home. I checked this website and found I had the same issue as another consumer. All the liquid was coming out from the clutch line between master cylinder to transmission. When I checked the line, I found out the clutch line was touching the wire box corner all the time. There is a hole in that touching point. It is very clear that this is a design problem for this kind of car. The GM Chevy dealer said the purchased date had passed three years. No warranty at all. When I search the web for help. I found the other people complain the same problem too. Updated 10/24/07.

- Wexford, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 102006

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Clutch slave cylinder failed, slave cylinder is inside the bell housing. If this had happened in traffic it could have caused an accident.

- Storrs Mansfield, CT, USA

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