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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,000 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.

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 232015

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 104,000 miles


The instrument cluster board has stopped, working and appears to be an ongoing issue with GM on several models (car and truck) between 1998-2009. Also the ABS, traction control, service engine lights will not go off. Window doors are not working and appears to all related to the cluster panel. I have replaced all ABS sensors, new brakes pads, rotors, and even front bearings. The engine itself works great and is fine and appears that GM has done a great job in this part. The cluster panel and wiring is a serious safety issue and needs to be reviewed in these models. Poor ground wiring an cluster panels can cause consumers to spend thousands of dollars in repairs and still resulting in the same problem. Cluster panel replacement can be from $300 to $800 depending on your local mechanic. This is a serious issue since ABS and traction control are not working due to the long list of issues. I recommend a recall on cluster panels for all Cavaliers and modules, wiring as well.

- Acworth, GA, USA

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