• Angie Sweezy August 24, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Where do I even start? I have a 2009 HHR. While I love the look and feel of the car, it's been more trouble than it's really worth. Within 2 weeks of having the car, I had to have rotors replaced. Two weeks after that, I was driving along and heard a scary clunk. Managed to get the car to work, had a tow truck driver come pick it up and took it to the local dealer. Get a call and find out the caliper bolt BACKED out. (They were counting lucky stars that day that I wasn't injured). Six months later, more brakes. We've had to do new brakes on this thing every six months. Recently found out that my back brakes don't work. Took it into Chevy and they said there was nothing to repair. Their explanation for the brakes is that it must be the way I drive, but my husband and I switched cars after the most recent brake repair and the car did the same thing. His truck brakes are still good. If I have to hit the brakes to avoid an accident, it's a hope and a prayer that they'll work. Usually, it's a terrible clunk and a kick back into the brake pedal. I've had to head towards a ditch several times because the brakes wouldn't catch. The next issues is the electrical system in the car. Sometimes the warnings ding and sometimes they don't. My wiper blades have several settings, but two speeds. I can't hit a bump in the car (I live in ND good luck on that, right?) without it sounding like the car's bottoming out and falling apart. I've replaced the battery more times than I even care to admit. . . The car's crap, beautiful crap, but crap.

    • Bob November 11, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      I bought a 2011 HHR about 2 years ago – and so far I had no real problems and had the recall fo the Igntion Key months ago. I was advised by the Chrysler Dear that the brakes had been changed when purchasing the car, and upon signing the contract, I noticed just the front brakes were replaced with no detail. The car was bought with 29,000 miles. Less than a year later I replaced the rear brakes as I did not want to damage the drums, and I periodically had the brakes inspected – and 2 weeks ago I replaced the front brakes at 45,000 miles as I did not want to damage the Rotors. My son’s brother-in-law noticed that the front Rotors were kind of thin – I had always assumed that the front Rotors were cut when the dealer replaced the brakes. The car has run smooth all the time – and I’m hoping the 2011 may have corrections say compared to a 2009? I keep thinking though that the dealer replaced the front brakes at 29,000 – were they checking for a problem. Were issues on the 2011 corrected as the last model yeaar of the HHR? I like the car, but I ride the car gentle too with no heavy long distance driving of the HHR – not recommended as a car for long distance riding. I use a safe tire, the Uniroyal Tiger Paw Tires, whilch gives a smoother, safer ride also in Rain and Snow. I keep thinking though that if the dealer cut the Rotors at 29,000 miles…why are the Rotors thinner – I just replaced the pads as I was thinking I replaced the front brakes sooner than normal on my own volition – and thinking I’d replace the Rotors the next time I replace the brakes. I had the Tiger Paw Tires on 3 previous cars with the tires lasting longer than any other tires that I used since the late 1960’s, and bought my granddaugther the same tires for her 2002 Saturn – and again, the tires are the safest I’ve ever used as a replacement. I did notice though for the first time after a year using the Tiger Paw Tires that the wear on the front tire edge was uneven wear which was unusual compared to wear on the other cars. The shop that did the alignment when the tires were new said struts after the warehouse store said was alighment issue (and they did not rotate that day). My mechanic know for 44 years said was a balancing issue, and advised to go back to the warehouse store to rotate and balance – which I did although probably best to have good tires on the front. But I never had problems before with the Tiger Paw Tires even afer years of use of the same tires on two Buick LeSabres and a new Mercury Gran Marquis. Not sure if GM is covering up something about brakes/front end?

  • chanticlier August 24, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I'm not sure where I'm posting to, but I have a 2006 HHR that I bought in Nov. of 2005. Each time I had a problem with it I went online and found others had the same problems and answers how to repair. I had problems with rotors and never had any trouble with rotors on any car that I've owned. I took it to the dealer and they only turned them and charged me. I had to replace rotors and replaced brakes at the same time. Next the traction control light kept coming on and then the gears shifted hard, looked online and found it to be a problem with others with the intake valve and exhaust valve and it gave the part #'s to order parts. Instructions were online how to replace them and when we removed them the little holes were clogged from where the engine was bored out at factory and the particles were not cleaned out. We replaced with new ones but probably could have cleaned the ones that were in it. We installed a new gearshifter because we couldn't get the key out and had to look online and find out about the plug under the steering wheel. Kept hearing a noise when I was accelerating and found out it was cracks in the according shaped part that goes into the motor from the catalytic converter. This had a longer warranty but by the time we found out what it was that millage had passed. Now it sounds like the bottom is going to fall off and I was goggling when I came across this blog but it seems most are old. There are to many of the same problems that there shouldn't have a recall. I just wonder what will break next with all biogs with door handles and radios and ect.

    • Audrey October 27, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      I have a 2006 HHR that I’m having a problem with the Traction Control and the Car with a lock pops up on the screen. With the gears shifting really hard and the car keeps jerking. It almost seems like the car is going to seize and die. Is this what you experienced? Do you know what you did to fix the problem?

  • Sydney G. August 28, 2014 at 9:11 am

    I recently have been having problems with my 08 HHR. I’ve owned it for a little over 2 years and it has about 83K miles on it. Three weeks ago I was driving home from a camping trip with my family when we heard something sound like it fell off the car. I was on the thruway so I got off at the nearest exit and as soon as I hit the brakes there was a grinding noise. I wasn’t too far from home and finally made it after fearing the tire would fall off. My mechanic looked at it and found that the bolt on the caliper backed out! Yesterday I was driving in heavy traffic and when I went to get off the exit and push the brake, my tire locked up and luckily my car was able to skid to the side of the road before completely stopping! My 8 year old was in the car, not to mention I’m pregnant. Had my car not skid the literally 15 feet to the side of the road ot could’ve been fatal! I think my guardian Angel was with me yesterday. Anyway, my fiance gotout and looked at the tire ( opposite front from the pprevious incident) and found THAT bolt had backed out like the other and the caliper was actually in my wheel well which is why my tire locked up on me! I’m wondering is there is something wrong with these parts that they keep backing out!

  • Donald Corvin September 1, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I have a 2010 chevrolet hhr and when going down the road the car pushes the brakes by itself pulling your car across 3 lanes of highway and there is nothing you can do to get it to stop unit it stops itself. I have had it to the dealer and they reset the computer system. They can not guarantee that it will not do it again. This is during the summer. I want rid of this car. If in the winter this happens I do not think I will be able to control the car in snow and where I am located all winter is snow and I have to drive 30 miles to work and back. It is very scary and there is nothing that can be done.

  • Linda Schwartz September 16, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I have an 08 hhr and I noticed that only in the summer time and when I don’t drive it for a few days my car just dies on me it is very scary it doesn’t sputter or anything. I’ll start the car pull out of my driveway stop to cross on coming traffic and when I press the gas to go the only reason I even know the car is off is because it’s not going anywhere all the gauges are fine and it looks as if it never even shut off while the whole time my car is rolling into traffic so I have to wait for the car to stop and then it starts right up again. Oh and the abs just shuts off on me while I’m driving down the road for no reason at all when I come to a light and press the breaks it skips so I have to come to a complete stop and turn off the car and turn it back on I have almost rear-ended 5 or more people due to this. I am very scared to drive this car especially with my kids and I can’t afford to trade it in and get a new one. And all the dealerships are telling me that it will cost me 100 bucks just for them to check it out but since I have no check lights on in my car they won’t be able to find the problem. So I’ll be out 100 bucks.

  • Brandye Cole October 6, 2014 at 9:58 am

    I purchased my 2006 HHR back in 2011. I have had problems with it since a month after having it. First the passenger window would go up/down when it wanted to, then the sunroof wouldn’t close. A month after that it stalled on me in the middle of traffic on the interstate. I brought the car back to the dealer and they swore up and down nothing was wrong with it. Next, the key got stuck in the engine and I had to pay $400 to fix that because everything had died by the next day. Then the radio would be on some random station that wasn’t even programmed before the key would even be in the ignition. The latest to happen was the cheap inside door handle broke which has caused me tendonitis in the elbow from having to roll my window down, open the door from the outside and then roll the window back up. Now my brakes are bad and I have to replace those too. I will NEVER EVER buy a chevrolet/GM again!

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