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:
139,625 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
2004 Chevrolet Cavalier electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 162015

Cavalier 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,000 miles


Replaced for a 3rd time with another new coil pack and ignition module and lasted 2 to 3 weeks.

- , Belvidere, IL, USA

problem #3

Sep 252015

Cavalier 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,500 miles

Replaced coil pack with a new one and only last 2 to 3 wks.

- , Belvidere, IL, USA

problem #2

Dec 042015

Cavalier 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,000 miles

Went to a different shop and used a different brand and had it replaced again with another new part and lasted 7 to 8 wks. And having to take it back in to have replaced again. No one can figure out why the coil pack and ignition module to keeps failing.

- , Belvidere, IL, USA

problem #1

Oct 122010

Cavalier 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

have had to change this module (which fits on top of engine ) 4 times . must be a reason that this module keeps going out

- , rapid city, sd, USA

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