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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
128,710 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. cancel cam cracked cracked wire replaced cancel cam (1 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2004 Chevrolet Cavalier accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 132015

Cavalier 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 195,857 miles


I gripe about this problem before and no one listens.

- , Nashville, TN, USA

problem #1

Aug 042009

Cavalier LS

  • Manual transmission
  • 61,564 miles

This has happened to the car three times now. The past two times the dealership has eaten the cost on it. I have had the blue, tan and now light blue wires replaced. They are saying this is due to "environmental corrosion". These wires are related to my headlights about once a year a headlight starts acting up and a "wire needs replaced" I have also had the instrument cluster replaced, driver side window motor replaced, back up switch and harness replaced. . Oh yes and after owning the car not even a month the radio started going haywire, it won't keep stations, if I am listening to a CD when I get out of the car I am listening to the radio when I get back in an vice versa (this is all very RANDOM) and the latest is I have gotten out of the car KEY in hand radio was off I get back in the car and the radio is on.And of course the dealership can never get this to happen when they have the car.

I also am having the ABS light issued that others are having.

Has anyone else had all these electrical issues?

I have called GM and they don't seam to think it's their problem

- , Charleston, WV, USA

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