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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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
90,232 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2004 Chevrolet Cavalier engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 242012

Cavalier LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,463 miles


My check engine light is staying on. I know its just a dummy light but my odometer reading is twitching and my car seems to be bogging down quite often, I'm not sure if that light has something to do with these problems or not, I know that the car is totally tuned up because I do a tune up every 3-4 months to ensure that my car is running good, however it runs kinda poorly at this point and time!!!

- , Grove City, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 012011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles

This is the least of my problems with the car... the engine light just goes on & off for no apparent reason.

- , Altoona, PA, USA

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