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Average Mileage:
65,089 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Cavalier electrical problems

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2005 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #135

Mar 192007


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving various speeds, the speedometer, temperature, and RPM guages became inoperable. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the instrument cluster wire connector was tightened; however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was not reapired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Rocky Face, GA, USA

problem #134

May 112014


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving 20 mph, the speedometer fractured along with the horn and the front passenger door latch. The vehicle was repaired by the contact. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 56,000.

- Donora, PA, USA

problem #133

Dec 092015


  • miles
Already complained here once. Now my car fuel gage is broke gos all the way over and hits on my temp gauge every so offen. Dont really know how much gas I have in it, but least can go 300-365 miles. Depending on how much I drive. I dont think that it should break after only 41000 miles. Last time I wrote on here it was my temp gauge that hit on my speedometer.. think before long all will go out. Wish someone would do something for these cars, kind exp to keep fixing. Paid cash for the other one to be fixed. Only drive the car once in awhile. Its not an old car so. Not very safe car as far as I am concerned, dont have the money to go buy a new one........

- Tiger, GA, USA

problem #132

Dec 102015


  • 115,000 miles


The speedometer has failed to register any speed and is stuck in a position past the highest speed on the gage face. The tachometer needle jumps around also leaving you no way to judge your speed. I just bought the car. The previous owner said it failed some time ago while he was driving it. I am pacing other cars while I am waiting for repair parts to get here.

- Sandusky, OH, USA

problem #131

Dec 192011


  • miles
Speedometer stops working and stays on 100 car only has 35,000 miles, also the power steering line broke open and the emergency brake at times pops onto my tire causing my car to slam forward and then it releases. I replaced the brake line and the power steering line but the main problem is the speedometer /cluster

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #130

Jul 172013


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact stated that the speedometer and both turn signal lights failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Austin, NC, USA

problem #129

Apr 172015

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 148,249 miles


The front passenger side electric window does not work will not roll down will not roll up. The rear-driver-side electric window does not work will not roll down will not roll up, the rear passenger side electric window does not work will not roll down will not roll up.

- Mason, TN, USA

problem #128

Mar 152012


  • 60,000 miles
I purchased a 2005 Chevy Cavalier new in December of 2004 and in March of 2013 the gauges stopped working. They would randomly work one or the other now all my gauges have stopped working all together. I have no clue how fast I'm going or how many rpms I'm using or if the car is overheating or not!

- Mountain City , TN, USA

problem #127

Feb 202015


  • 105,000 miles
Started vehicle all gauges except RPM stopped working read online and saw how common this issue is with this car and was advised to file a complaint about it here in hopes of a recall.

- Pierson, FL, USA

problem #126

Jan 062012


  • 29,111 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving at an unknown speed, the speedometer displayed an incorrect reading. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the stepper motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact stated that four years later, while driving at an unknown speed, the fuel gauge malfunctioned showing an incorrect reading. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 29,111.

- Tiger, GA, USA

problem #125

Feb 152014

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • miles


A short while after I bought this car I noticed all of my gauges went out. I was nervous to even drive the car because I didn't know how much gas I had or how fast I was going. Now I'm constantly having trouble when iget gas. Even when I know for sure that I need gas after pumping for a few seconds, it never fails that the pump will stop as if my tank is full. This morning my check engine light came on. I take very good care of this car and all of these malfunctions seemingly one right after the other make me question the safety of this vehicle.

- Jeffersonville, IN, USA

problem #124

May 012013


  • 116,000 miles
I have had some of the issues others have mentioned. Twice all the gauges went dead-stayed in the positions they were in when the ignition is off. Twice the horn didn't work- had to roll down the window and yell! when the gauges went the first time, I stumbled on the fix. I'd removed the fuse to test it-tested ok. Put it back in, now all gauges worked fine. I realized that the two problems are related-both get power through the fuse panel. The dash vibrates so much that these two in particular work loose. Now I remove the fuse panel cover every couple of months and push down on all fuses and relays. Problem solved. To the people with the "[xxx]" temperature gauge, good luck on that one. I hope this info helps. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #123

Aug 152011

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • miles
I have two problems that may be safety related. One more so than the other. The instruments, none of them work, but most important is the speedometer. It started hanging up, then finally hung all the way at 120 mph. I have to use a gps to make sure of my speed. GM is replacing other vehicles clusters for the same issue, but I have an idea they're skipping the Cavalier for the other reason of my complaint. The dashboard is literally falling apart. I don't know when it may try to fall on my lap, its cracked up so bad and rattles terribly. It seems like it could bust all to pieces in a collision. I can't even touch the cluster bezel without it cracking. It scares me. Could you at least investigate this and let me know what you find? thank you!

- Newellton, LA, USA

problem #122

Feb 102014


  • 160,000 miles
Gadge cluster doesn't display any correct information. At first the tach started reading incorrectly, ex. 4200 RPM with engine off/ reading does not change with engine speed (RPM). Next the temp gadge, ex. 200+ degrees when starting after 12+ hours engine still cold to the touch. Later the fuel gadge, reading changes and fluctuates moment to moment. Also the interior lights and security system seem to be involved. Alarm goes off spontaneously regardless if it has been enabled or not. Interior lights sometimes function sometimes not. Seems to be a major defect in the computer or electrical harness as individual components test ok. With some online research this seems to be a very common problem with this specific vehicle,

- Manistee, MI, USA

problem #121

Sep 052012

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The gauges are failing to operate. This started with the gas gauge and is now affecting the temp gauge. I took it to a dealer for testing and it reset itself when plugged into the computer for diagnosis and it also does this if you disconnect the battery for a few minutes but very quickly stops working again.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #120

Mar 172014


  • miles
Temp gauge tends to stick in the middle and will not go down after I shut off my car when I drive more than 30miles. After a few hours I can usually get it back down but one time it went all the way over to mph area and then that needle got stuck under which I had no clue how fast I was going because the other needle. Needles to say I barely drive anywhere outside of town because of the issue.

- Mcfarland, WI, USA

problem #119

Feb 022010


  • miles
I own a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier and bought it from a dealer in 2008. Since then all of the gauges are now inoperable. This is a great inconvenience, as well as a safety issue. Not knowing how fast you are going, how much gas you have, or what the temperature is can become a huge issue, not to mention costly. Now, I know this is not the first complaint on these issues and I feel that something should be done about them. If all of these complaints are out, there must be a problem with these cars from the factory. I hope this matter is being investigated and not just put to the side to claim that it must be something that the drivers are causing. Please let us know what the intentions are of GM or whomever is responsible. We paid for these vehicles, which are fairly good ones, can someone please make the decision to take care of this problem. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Farmville, VA, USA

problem #118

Jan 202014


  • 136,614 miles
The weather was in the 10S and single digits. I was traveling in pair, we did not exceed 35 miles an hour as visibility was very poor due to snow and winds. I noticed my speedometer was accelerating, believed my tires were spinning on ice. I come to a stop and realized my speedometer was still going 60 miles an hour. Drove the rest of the way home following my friend who was previously following me. The mph needle made its way to point straight down. I wouldn't have expressed concern if other Chevy Cavalier owners had told me to, because it has happened to them too. I am a new owner of this car, bought it from a dealership so I don't know that how well taken care of this car was. I pride myself in taking extra car of my vehicles. I do not think the speedometer should have failed unless it was because of operator misuse, and I have not misused my vehicle.

- Laura, IL, USA

problem #117

Jun 012012


  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact stated the instrumental cluster electrical system failed and caused the speedometer to provide incorrect reading when contact drove 55mph the speedometer read 30mph. The speedometer was not replaced. The contact also wanted to stated that the fuel gauge failed but was replaced. The approximate failure mileage was 83,000 and the current mileage was 99,211.

- Greenup , IL, USA

problem #116

Jan 012012


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact stated that the speedometer and fuel gauge failed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure mileage. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 45,000 and the current mileage was 59,000.

- Florissant , MO, USA

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