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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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 172004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles


I purchased my 2004 Cavalier ls with only 4 miles on the od. I noticed the very same day on the way home that the steering wheel was vibrating at speeds between 65 & 75, and diddnt take it in right away cause I just thought this was normal and there couldnt possibly be anything wrong cause the car was brand new. Well this continued and got worse, so at 6,000 miles when it was time for a rotation I had them check it and they said the wheels were out of balance. I drove it away but still had the same problem. I finnaly took it back a month later and told the dealer this was not normal, so they did a forse varation balence which corrected the problem. I just think GM needs a better inspection process, cause the tires were not correctly balenced from the factory.

- Grove City, OH, USA

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