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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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
195,857 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace stabilizer pin (1 reports)
2004 Chevrolet Cavalier steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 132015

Cavalier 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 195,857 miles


Steering column pin fell out of the steering wheel and had to get the pin replaced by a steering column mechanic. He said the Chevy Cavalier steering column, is the worst they ever made. He fixed the problem with the pin by replacing it with another, but said this problem will probably happen again. Shouldn't this be a recall issue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , Nashville, TN, USA

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