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CarComplaints.com 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.

7.9

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$234.00
Average Mileage:
64,302 miles
Total Complaints:
31 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace power window motor (19 reports)
  2. not sure (11 reports)
  3. replaced switch for window buttons in center console (1 reports)
2004 Chevrolet Cavalier windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Jan 012007

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I had the motor on the drivers side replaced 3 times. I bought the car brand new and I hardly put the windows down. Little did I know that this would be the start to other problems with this car.

- , Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #10

Apr 032008

Cavalier LS 2.2L Ecotec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles

window would still lower but not go up; without details, I reversed the phase of the wiring and made motor go up. Found a used switch at a junkyard & replaced. Easy fix, very tough problem solving.

- , Varysburg, NY, USA

problem #9

Sep 242007

(reported on)

Cavalier LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles

car is hardly driven and the power window motor went. Dealer said the power window motor shorted and had to replace the window motor/regulator assy.

- , Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #8

Aug 132007

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

All 4 windows on my car went and still keep going. Must be an electrical problem but they keep saying its not.

- , Pennsauken, NJ, USA

problem #7

Jan 242007

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • Manual transmission
  • 43,000 miles

I have had the motor on my driver side window replaced 3 times. The first time it would go down and you would have to wait a couple of minutes and it would go up about 1/2 inch. The second time it did it, it was the same thing. This last time it just wouldn't do anything.

Today the passenger side window will go down and not up. Is there anything we can do about this? I am so mad. Please if anyone has any ideas please let me know. Why can't they put a recall on the windows?

- , Hermitage, TN, USA

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problem #6

Jan 152007

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Passenger windshield wiper not working and it is raining bad with rain in the forecast for the next several days. First the rear window motor was not working recently and now the windshield wiper.

- , Solon, OH, USA

problem #5

Jan 152007

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Made the mistake of rolling down the driver's front window that never went back up. Happened late at night. The rain did not help matters until I was able to get an appointment to have the window motor replaced. It happened on Wednesday night. I investigated to find out I needed a window motor that I had to purchase from an auto parts store to have a auto window replacement business install the window motor. There was not a place to come out to your vehicle to replace the window motor. You have to schedule an appointment to bring it into their shop to have the window motor replaced. It also had to be at a time a technician was available that replace window motors. There is a rippling affect to this since this was the first window out of window motor number three waiting to be replaced.

- , Solon, OH, USA

problem #4

Jan 152007

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

I am on my third window motor replacement for the right rear passenger window. I might as well have both rear window motors replaced since the front window motors had to be replaced. What is the problem with the window motors having to be replaced? I have never owned a car with having to have window motors replaced. I did not know about a window motor until I had this car. With the rainy days lately and still forecasted for the next several days, I experienced today the passenger windshield wiper does not work!!!!

- , Solon, OH, USA

problem #3

Jan 152007

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,250 miles

Having to replace another window motor after recently replacing the driver's front window motor. The passenger front window is in need of a window motor for the second window motor replacement. I'm wondering if I got a brand new car with used window motor parts.

- , Solon, OH, USA

problem #2

Nov 292006

(reported on)

Cavalier LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Like the fellow who posted previously my driver's side car window will generously roll down, but is stingy in rolling back up. It seems to only happen when it's very cold outside. The last time it happened I parked the car for three weeks, covered the window and would try to roll it up periodically. Finally, one night last week, it worked like magic. As stated before in my rant about the electrical system, I have parked this lemon due to the fear a massive electrical failure while out and about.

- , Flat Rock, IN, USA

problem #1

Nov 042006

(reported on)

Cavalier LS 2.2L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,124 miles

The driver side window failed on multiple ocassions. The window would be nice enough to go down but would not come up. I had to wait about thirty seconds to raise the window just a little bit more. I said no to all of the warranties that GM offered when I bought the vehicle because GM Warranties are trash and the mileage on the car was a disappointing 60K. I doubt this problem would have been covered under the warranty anyway. The entire motor assembly had to be replaced after an electrical systems diagnostic performed by my mechanic. I do not think this will be the last time I will own a Chevy but I will be the last time I purchase a used Chevy. The maintenance list has become as long as my arm.

- , Atlanta, GA, USA

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