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:
26,038 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier clutch problems

clutch problem

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 042007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


I have 2004 Chevy Cavalier with less than 24K mileage. On August 4, 2007, the clutch pad suddenly did not back up on my way home. I cannot change the speed. When aaa guy came to tow, he found out there was no hydaulic liquid. I bought the liquid and added it into the hydraulic liquid reservoir. When I started my car and pressed the clutch, the aaa guy found all the liquid was coming out from the clutch line between master cyclinder to transmission. When I checked the line, I found out the clutch line was touching the wire box corner all the time. There is a hole in that touching point. It is very clear that this is a design problem for this kind of car. The GM Chevy dealer said the purchased date had passed three years. No warranty at all. When I search the web for help. I found the other people complain the same problem too. If you need more detail information, I still keep the broken part. I can send the picture or the broken part. Thanks, Jun shen

- Columbus , OH, USA

problem #2

Nov 032006


  • Manual transmission
  • 41,000 miles
My 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier has less that 41,000 miles on it. I was about 180 miles form home when the clutch went out. I was told by the Chevrolet dealership in that city that the clutch cylinder, clutch plates, and clutch fluid need to be replaced. Also, the extended warranty, which covers up to 75,000 miles, does not cover "external parts". which is what the clutch is considered. It's going to cost me around $1400 to get it fixed. In my opinion, the clutch should not have failed on a vehicle this new. Had I been on the freeway or busy street, there would have been a major accident. I feel that this problem needs to be considered a manufacturer defect, not normal wear and tear...

- Barstow, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 282006

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 37,115 miles
: the contact stated while driving various speeds and attempting to shift gears, the clutch did not engage. After several attempts, the clutch engaged and the gears were switched. The vehicle was seen by a dealer and the dealer determined the clutch assembly of the manual transmission needed to be replaced.

- Leroy, MI, USA

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