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
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
54,860 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. replace fuse and new lights (1 reports)
2004 Chevrolet Cavalier accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 132006

Cavalier 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles


driving along and dome light will come on sometimes stays on sometimes flashes.

- , rapid city, sd, USA

problem #3

Jan 222008

Cavalier LS 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles

It may seem like bumps are causing the dome light to come on, but at least in my case, it's from my knee bumping my dangling keys while going over said bumps. Easy way to test, just sit idle and start tapping the end of your key with it in the ignition. I can make mine come on at will doing that. It seems waaaaaay too sensitive

- , Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #2

May 272007

(reported on)

Cavalier LS 2.2L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,882 miles

Another problem with the Cavalier is the dome light on the inside of the vehicle. For unknown reasons everytime I hit a bump in the road or go over a speed bump or just whenever the road is rough the dome light turns on and off constantly. Whenever I hit a bump the light turns on then turns off. Not sure what is wrong here as always. This car has so many interior electrical problems. No love for me tonight.

- , Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 112007

(reported on)

Cavalier LS 2.2L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,560 miles

When the road gets rough or if I pass over a bump or uneven pavement the dome light turns on and fades out. It is so annoying. It reminds me of a CD without skip protection. It is draining my battery and my mind.

- , Atlanta, GA, USA

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