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.


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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 042005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier. The windshield wiper motor and circuit board malfunctioned. Neither Chevrolet nor the dealership could understand why the dealer where she had the extended warranty will not correct the problem. The vehicle only has 39,000 miles on. The windshield wipers only worked intermittently. GM told her to contact NHTSA because there was no open recall. This problem has gradually worse. The vehicle will remain in the repair shop right until it will be fixed. She spoke to the supervisor about the extended warranty, and made it that if she picked up the car from repair shop then she would be responsible.

- Jemison, AL, USA

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