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:
200,667 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 132015


  • miles


At times, during the past several months this vehicle has been hard to start. Had the fuel pump and ignition switch replaced, but did not seem to solve the problem. Recently, the car stalled out while driving and took 15 minutes to finally re-start. I have read online where this has been a problem for other owners of Chevy Cavaliers- hard to start and stalls out sometimes. Not sure what is causing the problem, because the check engine light does not come on and there is no code to diagnosis/read.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #2

May 162014

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 152,000 miles
2004 Cavalier, 2.2L DOHC, 5-speed manual transmission. While driving at 60 mph vehicle felt as if cruise control was engaged. Rpms would not fall off as fast as usual when foot taken off gas, and when I depressed the clutch (which was just replaced last week due to another known issue that Chevy refuses to recall) rpms went above 4,000. Tapped gas pedal thinking maybe it was stuck and it only revved higher and did not come down on its own. Rpms continued to climb as I came to a stop, around 6,000 by the time I pulled over. Shut the car off and immediately back on, no problems for the rest of the trip home (another 8 miles). I cannot risk my car revving at 6,000 rpms in stop and go traffic which I'm in every weekday and I can't shut it off and turn it back on to fix the problem, so I have to find out what causes it and fix it asap. Thanks for another spendy repair, Chevy.

- Farmington, MN, USA

problem #1

Apr 302012

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 450,000 miles
So when my gas gauges get down below the half line the check gauges light comes up and I know for sure that my car isn't yet empty. What do I do?

- Clarksville, NY, USA

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