NHTSA — Electrical System: Instrument Panel Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,925 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 Pontiac Sunfire accessories - interior problems

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2004 Pontiac Sunfire Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 082012


  • 71,000 miles


The RPM needle went totally on the right side into the needle of the speedometer. Can't tell how fast I am going. Expensive to replace. Paint starting to chip in different places. This is the second vehicle that I had that the paint peeled and General Motors states that it is too old of a vehicle to pay to have painted. That is totally sad.

- Stephens City, VA, USA

problem #5

Jan 012006


  • 56,000 miles
Can't recall events leading up to failure. The speedometer is always registering 100 mph even when it is not moving. Sometimes it will register to 70 mph, by running backwards from 100, while it is moving. I did some research to find out the history of this problem. I found where GM settled in a class action for this defect which listed my car as a car that had this faulty component, but my car was not included in the settlement. I searched this website's complaint data base and seen numerous complaints about this very same issue, the speedometer. My question is, how may complaints will it take for ODI to initiate and investigation, so that a proper recall can take place?

- Pikeville, NC, USA

problem #4

Jun 242008


  • 100,000 miles
My gauges (all but the speedometer) have gone crazy! the fuel gauge and temp gauge are the worst. Sometimes the tachometer, though not often. My fuel gauge never reads correct and sometimes points directly down or is into the speedometer. My temp gauge either never moves or once it moves, it stays stuck in the new level. It sometimes gets into the tachometer causing that one to stop working. It sometimes goes back to normal if the car is turned on and off many, many times. Other times that doesn't even work. It occurs all the time and for the past few months they have been stuck. I would get it repaired, but can't afford the costs.

- Longview, WA, USA

problem #3

Jan 012008


  • 85,000 miles


The speedometer on my 2004 Pontiac Sunfire sticks at various speeds and does not return to 0mph when I stop. At highway speeds it will be pegged all the way to max. This condition seems to be worse when the temperature is cold. I have also noticed that the tachometer will do the same thing but is not as bad as the speedometer. When the engine is shut off and restarted the tach will reset back to 0.

- Vail, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jun 122006

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Sunfire. While driving at various speeds, the speedometer displays inaccurate readings. The dealer stated that they would have to replace the speedometer cluster in the instrument control panel. The vehicle has not been repaired due to the cost. The failure and current mileages were 20,000. Updated 07/09/08 the consumer stated the problem occurs when it is really hot or cold outside. Updated

- Coeurd'alene, ID, USA

problem #1

Dec 012007

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,550 miles
All gauges were accurate until one morning when I was driving and noticed that the speedometer was stuck on 50 when car wash completely stopped. As I drove farther the speedometer rose to 70 when at a complete stop. The RPM gauge is reading 0 when car is in motion which is completely impossible.

- Richmond, IL, USA

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