definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,995 miles

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2004 Chevrolet SSR electrical problems

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2004 Chevrolet SSR Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 232019


  • 10,200 miles


My vehicle has only 11,656 miles, less than that when I submitted to dealer for non-functioning gauges due to stepper-motor issues. This same part has been warranted on other GM vehicles, but GM refuses to extend the same warranty for the same part on Chevy Ssr. Other safety issue is the service air bag warning is on and dealer refused warranty service due to age of vehicle. Both of these issues are safety related and not looking for warranty of maintenance work.

- Crossville, TN, USA

problem #5

Jun 152013

SSR 8-cyl

  • 22,350 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Ssr. The contact stated that upon inspection, the speedometer failed to operate with no warnings. The contact also mentioned that the temperature and oil pressure gauges had failed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and the mechanic stated that the instrument cluster and the gas gauge needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure and current mileage was 22,350..... updated 11/25/13

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 132009

SSR 8-cyl

  • 75,269 miles
I bought a 2004 Chevrolet Ssr in Feb.11, 2010 was a used vehicle no warranty. Test drive was ok everything worked as expected. I started noticing that I was going slower than most cars around me. I checked with a friend who drove beside me. It was determined that the speedometer was off 10 to 15 mph. I contacted Chevrolet dealer about problem in March 2010. I needed to drop off my truck for a diagnostic testing. It would take 24 hours & or 5 to 7 days at $150 per hour to determine problem. The parts & repair labor to fix. I said that was outrageous. Plus no technicians in area were trained on the Ssr's electronics. I contacted GM for help. Service request #71-982295330 the problem I was experiencing was not included in recall. No 2003 through 2006 Ssr's were reported to be having any problems with the instrument cluster. The dealer found no problem & was not repaired. I have been putting up with the problem using tachometer as a guide to speed. The first time I start truck it seems to be just a few miles per hour off. But as I go through start cycles it gets to be more mph off. If vehicle sits over night. 12 or more hours. It seems to reset itself. I was out today 4/29/2012 for a drive. I was pulled over by a police officer on radar going 67 mph in a 55 mph zone. I checked my speed at the time & was going 55 mph. The officer let me off with a warning to park vehicle till it is repaired. Now what do I do? Chevrolet does not have a recall on this vehicle & many people that I know are Ssr owners have had the same problems with instrument panel gauges. It is a known problem with Ssr owners. But as I was told. Most had it repaired at there own expense. Now I have a truck with a inaccurate speedometer & no place to get repairs done by experienced mechanics. I need my speedometer fixed at GM Chevrolet expense.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #3

Nov 052008


  • 12,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Ssr. The contact stated that the speedometer should be resetting itself to zero, but the dial rests at 20 mph when the vehicle is idling. On occasion, the speedometer dial becomes erratic and does not go back down at all. As a result, the contact does not know how fast she is driving. She took the vehicle to an independent repair center for a diagnosis and they confirmed the speedometer failure. The dealer stated that it would cost $1,050 to replace the speedometer with an old part. The manufacturer informed her to take the vehicle to an authorized dealer to be diagnosed. The failure mileage was 12,000.

- River Ridge, LA, USA

problem #2

May 172008


  • 44,826 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Ssr. While driving at an unknown speed, the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the mechanic and it was discovered that the catalytic converter failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle also lost power while driving and misfired. The vehicle was towed to a dealer and they stated that the throttle body failed and needed to be replaced. The speedometer works intermittently. The current mileage was 46,641 and failure mileage was 44,826.

- Lehoe, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 202008

SSR 8-cyl

  • 15,326 miles
Driving for approx 2 1/2 hours at highway speeds. Notices speedometer was bouncing. Slowed down, speedometer did not change. After about two miles, speedometer increase in speed, after a minute or two, speedometer increased to approx 80mph. After about ten minutes, enter city limits, speed limit was 35mph, speedometer registering 65mph. When I got home, speedometer was registering 30mph. Took vehicle to Chevy dealer two days later, was told no problem with speedometer, told to bring it back if the problem persist. Two weeks later, driving in city at 45mph, similar problem occurred, after vehicle stopped, speedometer on 25mph, now speedometer does not work. Pending repair.

- Hampton, VA, USA

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