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:
90,500 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.

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier lights problems

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 142010


  • 136,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact stated that the head lamps on his vehicle looked as if there was a glaze on them. They were sand blasted and now he cant even see the light bulb. The dealer was contacted and stated that they would sell him a kit to clean the head lamps. The contact stated that the dealer should be responsible to repair the head lamps. No repairs were made. The failure and current mileage was 136000.

- Saint Peters, MO, USA

problem #1

Jun 152007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,000 miles
When I brake to slow down or stop, my head lights dim significantly. It happens with the high beams and low beams. My front passenger seatbelt locks without the brakes engaged, and needs to be unbuckled to unlock.

- Athens, PA, USA

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