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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
64,301 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace starter motor (1 reports)
2004 Chevrolet Cavalier engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 282006

(reported on)

Cavalier LS 2.2L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,301 miles


The Cavalier LS is having problems again. For the last three weeks there has been a prolonged screeching noise coming from the engine right at start up. Sometimes it can be heard after the engine has been off for several hours and sometimes I can hear it again after it has been off for just a few minutes. I took it to two different mechanics who simply blew me off claiming "it is normal for this vehicle," and I am not interested in taking it to Chevy. I am not interested in hearing it will cost a lot and it it not under warranty, After replacing the starter, the car starts without a problem. Wow... I thought starters were good for over a hundred thousand miles. This car has good fuel economy, decent performance but I am being harassed with electrical systems problems. It needs to end now.

- , Atlanta, GA, USA

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