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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,695 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #27

Nov 202009


  • 51,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving 60 mph the instrumental panel suddenly failed not allowing the contact to see the speed he was driving. The dealer was contacted and informed the contact that there were no recalls related to his VIN and that the vehicle could be repaired at his expense. No repairs were made when the complaint was filed. The failure mileage was 51000 and the current mileage was 54300.

- Copers Cove , TX, USA

problem #26

May 112008


  • miles
I own a 2005 Chevy Cavalier. Within a year of my purchasing the car, used, the speedometer has stopped functioning. A mechanic not affiliated with any dealership repaired the item and again it has stopped working. There are several complaints of a similar nature on Shouldn't something be done about this?

- Gahanna, OH, USA

problem #25

Aug 192009


  • 45,000 miles
2005 Chevrolet Cavalier instrument panel has serious problems temperature gauge shows the car is over heating and interferes with the speedometer also the speedometer will show 110mph while sitting in park or while doing 65mph drop and show no speed. Also the front of the dash cracks out and can produce sharp pieces that can cut through the skin easily. Also the steering has the same problem as the 2005 cobalts at low speeds sometimes the car is very hard to turn.

- Grove, OK, USA

problem #24

Nov 012009

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


2005 Chevrolet Cavalier speedometer inaccurate and does not function properly after 60,000 miles. Sometimes it does not work at all and other times its saying you're going 110mph when you are going at a snails pace. Still researching how to fix it and affordable. Search 2005 Cavalier and numerous complaints with the same issue pop up. It failed on me while driving down the highway and had no ideal how fast I was going.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #23

Aug 142009


  • 55,300 miles
I own a 2005 Chevy Cavalier and the speedo and temp. Gauge stopped working. This problem is always. No repairs had been made do to the cost of the part being $300+.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #22

Jan 012010


  • 70,000 miles
I own a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier and the speedometer has not worked for quite some time now. Now the gas gauge and the tachometer is malfunctioning, only to return to normal sporadically. The car is 5 years old and I don't believe I should be experiencing these problems. There are no recalls on the car, but I googled the problem and it seems that there are a handful of folks that are having the same problem with their Cavaliers (between 2004 and 2005 models). This safety feature on the car should not malfunction. Chevrolet should have a recall on these cars.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #21

May 012006


  • 19,000 miles


I purchased a 2005 Cavalier used with 19,000 miles one it. Within a couple of months the speedometer, gas gauge, and the thermostat gauges all started to go crazy. I took the vehicle in for repair and was told it would cost about $300 to $500 to fix. I asked if there were any recalls on this defect and was told no. I can never tell how fast I am going, how much fuel I have, or the temperature of my engine. There should be a massive recall and the manufacturer should fix this free of charge.

- Homedale, ID, USA

problem #20

Nov 162009


  • 76,500 miles
2005 Chevrolet Cavalier ls sport coupe, speedometer does not work (does not show correct M.P.H.). I don't know how fast I'm going and based off of what I have been reading online about this model vehicle the rest of the instrument panel might also fail. There are thousands of other Cavaliers that have this safety issue and needs to be recalled as soon as possible.

- Rockford , IL, USA

problem #19

Jan 082009


  • 40,000 miles
Speedometer is inoperative. Started by being intermittent with a random zero speed (50 mph when car stopped). Would go up from there when car moved. Intermittently it would work ok. Now it is completely inoperative. Been out of order for several months. Apparently if this is fixed by a dealer it is $500-800.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #18

Jan 112010


  • miles
There are numerous complaints online concerning the 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier. Specifically, the gauges (tach, speedometer, temperature and gas) often quit working, either all at once or one-by-one. The loss of the gauges is a danger not only to the motorists, but also to everyone else on the road. I bought my 2005 Cavalier brand new. At approximately 60,000 miles, my temp, tach and speedometer stopped working. Often, the temp gauge will swing in the wrong direction and interfere with the speedometer. Many days, my speedometer will not work at all; on other days, it will show a reading of 80 mph - even though the car is not moving. I do not feel this problem is a matter of normal wear and tear, which is what the dealerships tell those of us with these problems. Too many of us have these issues, which happen on both low mileage and high-mileage cars.

- Borger, TX, USA

problem #17

Oct 062009


  • 87,900 miles


Defective speedometer instrument cluster, speedometer malfunctioning when vehicle is in operation, speedometer will indicate various speeds like 110, 100. 70, mph or stuck in a mph position when vehicle is not in operation with engine off.

- Barhamsville, VA, USA

problem #16

Jun 112009


  • miles
The speedometer has stopped functioning on my 2005 Chevy Cavalier. It occasionally will work, but only sporadically, if ever.

- Gahanna, OH, USA

problem #15

Mar 122009


  • miles
My 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier fuel and temperature gauges quit working now the tech is going haywire. I use a gps so I know my speed. This is a major problem. Cost is over $500. To replace all the gauges. Lost gauges one at a time.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #14

Nov 012009


  • 82,000 miles
2005 Chevrolet Cavalier. About a month ago my fuel and speedometer gauges started to fail. I have read other complaints from owners of the similar make and model. I feel that this is a safety issue and it must be addressed. I know this is costly to repair and I do not think it is due to the age or wear and tear of the vehicle.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #13

Nov 012009


  • 82,000 miles
2005 Chevrolet Cavalier. About a month ago my fuel and odometer gauges started to fail. I have read other complaints from owners of the similar make and model. I feel that this is a safety issue and it must be addressed. I know this is costly to repair and I do not think it is due to the age or wear and tear of the vehicle.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #12

Nov 012009


  • 65,070 miles
The gauge cluster went out. Started with the temp though my car was over heating then after I took in and looked like an idiot they told me my car was over heating. Then a week later it did it again then the gas gauge messed then the RPM, 2005 Chevy Cavalier.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #11

Feb 082008


  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving approximately 35 to 55 mph on normal road conditions; pressure was applied to the accelerator pedal and there was an unintended increase in the acceleration. The engine revved extremely high which caused the ABS, engine, and traction control warning light indicators to illuminate on the instrument control panel intermittently. Immediately after applying pressure to the brake pedal, the vehicle began driving normally. An independent mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure. The front driver and passenger power window mechanism also failed without warning. The window motor was replaced; however, when the window was activated the response time was slow which may have caused the window shield wipers to malfunction. The speed odometer and RPM gauges displayed inaccurate readings which could be related to the vehicle intermittently exhibiting reduce engine power. The contact had concerns of the safety risk involved. The vehicle has not been repaired. The contact had concerns of the safety risk involved. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 49,000 and the current mileage was 74,400.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #10

Oct 022009


  • 87,900 miles
Speedometer defective, needle sticking at various speeds when vehicle is moving. ( 100, 70, 64, 59 mph) really don't know what the actual speed of vehicle is when vehicle is begin driven. Needle moves at anything and sticks in position even after vehicle engine is turned off. Vehicle was taken to General Motors repair shop on 10/06/09, the diagnosis was a defective speedometer cluster. Checked with general mirrors corporation, they have not issued a safety recall on this vehicle.

- Barhamsville, VA, USA

problem #9

Aug 012008


  • 63,000 miles
I purchased a new 2005 Chevy Cavalier, and around 60,000 miles I started having problems with the speedometer sticking going down the highway, I would look down and speedometer is reading over 110 mph, when I turned the car off the speedometer would read 70 mph, this happened every once in a while. This is dangerous as you never know what your actual speed is. It would go back to zero after a few days. After dealing with this for a few months, I noticed the other day that my fuel gauge is doing the same thing, when the fuel needle went clear to the right of full, it had my temp gauge needle hung up. Knowing that none of my gauges now appear to be working correctly I took it to our local dealership yesterday to be put on the computer to see what the problem was(told to do so by GM, to see if there was anything they could do to help with the repair cost). They told me that it was the programming in the dash cluster had been knocked out of whack, and that they had reprogrammed the dash cluster and everything was fine, said a high voltage surge had caused the disruption. I drove the car out of town today and when I parked the car in the driveway my speedometer is reading 70mph and my fuel gauge is stuck at 3/4 of a tank. Cost me $113 for nothing yesterday. It is a wonder that no one has been in a wreck or injured from having to pull to the side of a highway because they ran out of fuel or realized something is wrong with their gauges. General Motors has known about this issue for along time and refuses to do a recall on these bad cluster panels. I am being told to replace the cluster panel will cost me at least $550. I will call GM tomorrow and tell them reprogramming did not fix the problem, but they already know this, because the representative from GM called today to see what the problem was and my husband told him, he said that reprogramming doesn't fix the cluster problem. GM needs to fix this problem, it is defective parts.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #8

Jan 122009


  • miles
Instrument cluster failure. Initially the temperature gauge only failed, now the fuel gauge has failed also, the only gauges remaining functional are the speedometer and tachometer. Local dealer says instrument failure is common problem. 2005 Chevy Cavalier.

- Ashland City, TN, USA

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