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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
64,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 022008

Cavalier LE 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles


Check engine light, Evap Gross leak, was told that don't really need to be corrected, but if there is another issue then I will not be able to tell because the stupid check engine light never goes off.

- , Niles, OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 092008

Cavalier 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles

Check engine light came on. Read code PO455 which is the EVAP emission control system (gross leak). Has to be taken into dealership to have fuel system tested. Car has been nothing but I problem since I bought it new 3 years ago! Will not buy another GM vehicle. I have a 2004 Ford F150 never had a problem!!!

- , North Port, FL, USA

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