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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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,418 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Chevrolet Cavalier windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 012008


  • 80,000 miles


The power windows don't work. The gauges don't work only gauge that's works is the tachometer from my research these are two common problems with these Cavaliers the windows is more of a convenience problem but the gauges not working is a safety problem Chevrolet should have to make this right.

- Pink Hill , NC, USA

problem #7

Sep 012004


  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact stated that he experienced a recurring failure in which the motor in the drivers side front window stopped functioning. The failure occurred four times and each time the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the window motor was replaced. The contact stated that when the motors were replaced they were covered with rust. The failure mileage was 9,000 and the current mileage was 92,000.

- Arona, PA, USA

problem #6

Sep 012008


  • 49,000 miles
Power window does not work.

- San Benito, TX, USA

problem #5

Mar 292009


  • 78,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle stopped in the middle of the interstate without warning. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop and the mechanic stated that the fuel pump failed. The dealer was not notified. In addition, the contact heard a tapping nose in the heater and the cd player does not work. There were also two motor swtices repaired in the windows. The vehicle is currently being repaired at the contact's expense. The failure and current mileages were 78,000.

- Cincincati, OH, USA

problem #4

May 012007


  • 36,000 miles
The second window motor is failing and needs replacement. The first to fail was the back passenger side, which of course was rarely ever used. Now the front driver's side window will often times not close and after waiting some time, it goes up bit by bit. Very soon it is going to quit working altogether. The part alone is almost $250.

- Buford, GA, USA

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problem #3

Oct 162006

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
: the contact stated the front left and right rear power windows were failing. The service dealer refused to close the window without charging for the service. The manufacturer was notified.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #2

Jul 052005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
: the contact stated the driver side window does not operate. The dealership made repairs twice; the motor and regulator have been replaced. However, the problem has returned. The consumer stated the window is inoperative again. Updated 04/11/06

- Dingmans Ferry, PA, USA

problem #1

Sep 262004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,342 miles
While driving and without warning the vehicle died. This has happened three times. The dealer said it was something different every time. The manufacturer was contacted, but would not return the consumers call. She called three times. The dealer said the problem was an ignition switch the second time. The third time they replaced/programmed the PCM. The first time they replaced a module 3.107, seal 3.112. The power windows would not roll down.

- Springfield, IL, USA

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