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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,300 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 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 152006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


My daughter was driving my 2004 Chevy Cavalier, hit a pot hole, and went off onto the side of a two-lane highway. Should the aluminum wheel-rim, factory-installed, have broken in half when the axle was fine" I am sensing metal fatigue"

- Brunswick, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 062005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,600 miles
2004 Chevrolet Cavalier. The aluminum rim on the front passenger side cracked when pulling off of the freeway and coming up to a light. Nothing happened to the tire, and nothing hit the rim to puncture it. The crack was on the inside of the rim. It cracked a 9 inch rip long ways and there is rip running outside towards the middle. The consumer took the vehicle to the Chevrolet dealership and they stated it looked like a chuck hole and it would not be covered under the warranty. He then called GM and was told to go to another dealership. That dealership stated it looks defective and it could have happened while backing up. Although they state this, they were not willing to put it in writing. The consumer heard a pop and heard the tire leak air because it lost its seal.

- Akron, OH, USA

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