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:
35,000 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 accessories - interior problems

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 152005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles


The back seat fold up while it is locked it. The consumer took the car to the dealer and they fixed the clip, but it still continued to fold. The consumer took the vehicle back to the dealer and they said there was nothing else they could do. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer where it was purchased. The only thing they could offer was to order the bottom part of the seat, but manufacturer told the consumer the clip would be the same. The consumer called the BBB and manufacturer. The consumers car is still under warranty. The manufacturer said to take the car back to dealer and let them attempt to put a back seat in it.

- Langly , SC, USA

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