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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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,203 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 182005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,203 miles


The air bag deactivation device exploded and/ blew out the windshield/cracked the dashboard, and sent metal through the glass door. Manufacturer was contacted. They told the consumer to have the vehicle towed. Consumer was then informed that the problem was not a manufacturer's defect since the air bag did not deploy.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

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