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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.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
45,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced all lug nuts and one wheel (1 reports)
2004 Chevrolet Cavalier wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 122008

Cavalier LS 2.2L Ecotec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles


I have steel wheels which normally aren't prone to lug nuts coming loose like aluminum wheels. Every single wheel was this way. after looking at the lug nuts, it looks like some shop overtightened all of them leaving bad groves on the taper of the lug which wouldn't allow them to fully tightened/ torque down.

Replaced all the lug nuts and had to get one now wheel because it was also chewed up bad around the lug nuts.

- , Evansville, WI, USA

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