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.


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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.

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 102005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Contact states there is a water leak in his trunk caused by the car not being properly welded during manufacturing. The water leak causes mold and mildew to form on the carpeting and the interior of the vehicle. This mold and mildew is causing illness to the occupants of the vehicle. The service dealer applied seam sealer to the vehicle, but did not remedy the problem. The interior and carpet has been replaced once.. the consumer is afraid to use the spare tire because the water has caused it to rust. The service dealer stated they would have to replace the interior and carpet again. This service dealer contacted General Motors, and stated they would no longer work on this vehicle because the consumer picked up the vehicle too early from the dealership.

- Dothan, AL, USA

problem #1

Mar 062004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Upon delivery of new 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier, it was discovered that two of the four bolts that hold the trunk lid to the vehicle were broken completely off. Also, the rear window had to be removed and new weather stripping had to be applied by the dealer body shop. The weather stripping that was applied at the factory in lordstown was not installed properly. The trunk and rear seat was soaked with rain water the day after delivery to me. The brand new vehicle was in the body shop for a total of 6 days. Chevrolet was notified immediately of these problems by me.

- Newark, DE, USA

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