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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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 112006

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving approximately 15 mph on normal road conditions, the front driver's side window mechanism would not activate. The contact was unable to release the window in a downward position. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer four times and they repaired it under the warranty. Recently, the front passenger side window mechanism failed. The repair would cost $590. The vehicle has not been repaired. The contact was concerned of the safety risk involved. The failure mileage was 18,000 and current mileage was 60,000. Updated 11/24/08 the window motor and regulator has been replaced 5 times. Updated 11/26/08.

- Milford, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 062004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Upon delivery of new 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier, it was discovered that two of the four bolts that hold the trunk lid to the vehicle were broken completely off. Also, the rear window had to be removed and new weather stripping had to be applied by the dealer body shop. The weather stripping that was applied at the factory in lordstown was not installed properly. The trunk and rear seat was soaked with rain water the day after delivery to me. The brand new vehicle was in the body shop for a total of 6 days. Chevrolet was notified immediately of these problems by me.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #1

Nov 152003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
I discovered at 1500 miles my 2004 Cavalier ls had a leak apparent in the roof liner. Took it to the dealer and turns out the rear back window seal was not properly installed and was crimped upon installation at the factory. The problem was repaired under warranty by GM and was fixed to my satisfaction.

- Grove Grove, OH, USA

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