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  • 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?

    • Carol April 1, 2015 at 7:43 am

      I had that problem with mine as well. The problem is that some of the HHR’s were fitted with a sports package on the front which means the rotors on the front of the car are larger than what a normal HHR has. Because of this, the calipers are also big. If your mechanic puts the standard size rotors on there based off of the VIN number, the rotor will be too small and the brake pads that fit into the the “sports” caliper will only be on the rotor halfway. Which means your brake pad will wear out faster and you run the danger of the two brake pads meeting at the unused portion making it possible to have no braking friction at all on the rotor… (i.e. your car won’t be able to stop.) Talk to the mechanic about the sports package rotors on the next brake job. See if that helps.

  • 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!

  • Beverly Ann Ellis Rodgers December 28, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I have 2006hhr and im having all kinds of trouble everything is going wrong with it email.me please thanks

  • ERIC NEWMAN December 29, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    I WAS IN MY CAR IN THE PARKING LOT AND PUT MY CAR IN THE ACCESSORY POSITION LISTENING TO MUSIC AND THEN I STARTED THE CAR AND DROVE HOME AND THE CAR WOULD NOT TURN OFF AND THE KEY WOULD NOT COME OUT OF THE IGNITION. THAT COST ME $448.37. I RECEIVED A REIMBURSEMENT LETTER FROM GM CUSTOMER SERVICE STATING IT WAS A RECALL FOR KEYS STUCK IN THE IGNITION. I CALLED GM CUSTOMER SERVICE AND I WAS TOLD TO GO TO THE DEALER FOR A REIMBURSEMENT AND I GET THERE AND THE GENTLEMEN LOOKS AT MY DOCUMENT OF REPAIR AND SAYS I DON’T KNOW IF YOU WILL RECEIVE REIMBURSEMENT CAUSE I THINK YOUR PART NUMBERS ARE DIFFERENT FROM THE ONES STATED FOR REIMBURSEMENT. I DON’T UNDERSTAND ? IT IS THE SAME EXACT PROBLEM. MY VIN NUMBER CHANGED THE PART NUMBER BUT IT IS THE SAME EXACT ISSUE OF THE SAME MAKE AND MODEL, WHICH IS CHEVROLET HHR 2006. I AM REQUESTING AN INQUISITION AND I LOOK FORWARD TO A REPLY. COULD SOME BODY HELP ME OUT HERE.

    • Jenn February 19, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      I had the exact issue with my 2009 back in 2010 or 2011. In 2014 they did a recall. I called today & they said to send them the receipt that it was repaired and that they MIGHT reimburse me. So don’t throw out your receipt.

  • Shantel January 1, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Audrey
    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?

    Omg mine is doing the same exact thing! What is it?

  • Shantel January 1, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Omg mine is doing the same exact thing! what is it! Do you know…

  • carmen January 23, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Twice my key would not turn.
    my remote start (whole key fob) does not work and hasnt since it was “fixed” from recall.
    my car has aprx. 44500 and need new rotors..bushing..and link bar…also my fog lights have fallen. when I took it got repair the guy said lots of HHRs have zip ties holding up their fog lights…

  • Adela Rushing February 15, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    I am having the rattling and noise in the suspension.I have a 2008 HHR LT I hAVE BEEN HAPPY WITH IT BUT THE WHOLE FRONT END SOUND LIKE IT’S FALLING OUT.DOES ANYONE KNOW IF A RECALL HAS BEEN ON THIS ONE.PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT. THANKS

  • Jenn February 19, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    I bought a brand new 2009 HHR back in 2010. Within the first year I drove her home & couldn’t get the key out of the ignition nor turn the car off. A tow truck driver had to come out and cut the wires & drag her back to the dealership. I had the brakes replaced in 2012 and a month later she didn’t stop & I got into a wreck. It might have been faulty breaks or that she’s so light she just tends to skid. I just know something was off. Then I had the breaks redone eleven months later. Now every light comes on. Check air bags was first, then check traction, then check esc, now my engine light is on. My back windows no longer work for the back passengers. I the driver have to roll them up and down. And it’s not that they’re locked either, I’ve checked. My back passenger door won’t always unlock which is really dangerous because that’s where my baby’s car seat is and the car is too small to put the car seat anywhere else. She is a nightmare. To put the cherry on top she got a recall for the ignition, which I already fixed but they wanted to do it again. I did not get a refund, but they repaired it this time around for free. While there I told them about the airbag light. No recall for it, they told me. I just got a recall for it today. I am so upset with Chevy and their product. I’ve never had so many issues before with a car and this one is only 6.

  • T Ken February 24, 2015 at 10:21 am

    I have had so many problems with everything on my Chevrolet HHR 2009. If it wasn’t for the fact that I cannot afford a new car, I would have gotten rid of it along time ago. I love the space this car gives me, and decent gas millage, but the not stop recalls and problems (not on recall…YET) are unbelievable. It seems most people do not report to NHTSA their defects, which means you pay for the repairs, or in my case, not.

  • T Ken February 24, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Had ignition switch replaced, car still thinks power is on, even with Key removed.
    Power window controlers do not work – window gets stuck.

  • Misty February 27, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    I have a 2010 hhr. This summer I had to replace the starter and alternator. It was running fine after my husband came home from work. A few min later it would not even turn over. Then my breaks started acting funny. Now my check engine light has come on and speratically all the gages go crazy. The car will start sputtering. If I pull over and turn it off for a few min it will start like normal. I had the codes read and it was p0300. I was told that this had to do with the air intake. I’m so tired of all this. I’m ready to get rid of it.

  • Wayne March 10, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    I have a 2009 HHR I bought new. Recently the wiring harness had a fire, the car only has 79,000 miles on it. I took it to the dealer in hopes it would be warranty work. The dealer wanted to charge 2,500 bucks. I had to repair the vehicle myself. I photo documented the job, while doing so I discovered that there was a positive wire spliced together by the factory under the carpet. In short, what happened is I had snow on my boots, the floor got wet and it caused the harness to short out and burn. It was definitely a factory defect.

  • JAIME STEPHENSON March 18, 2015 at 11:29 am

    I have a 2006 Chevy HHR and I am having All kinds of issues. First my Driver Door Handle on the inside just snapped off, Second the Dash Gauges are not working ( that started today), then my TC warning light comes on sometimes and no one can find out why. I don’t have the money to keep fixing these issues and I don’t have the money to go buy a new or used car, I have read and it seems to be a common issue with these HHR’s. I need some advice on what I can do.

  • Kelly March 26, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Hello. I have the 2006 LT and I too have had the rattling, loose sound in the front on drivers side for years. Have had the breaks done multiple times(have to get them done again as we speak. this will be the 3rd time and I have had the car since ’08), had the sway bar links and control arms replaced so far twice. No matter what fixing I have had in the front that noise stays. However I am getting my breaks done AGAIN and this is sickening. The car keeps falling apart and we have to pick it up again. Why doesn’t GM just recall the whole car?

  • Jerry Vazquez March 30, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Hi to all. It’s incredible how much trouble can cause this little wagon. but I have owned an 2006 LT since new (unique owner) and the only concern that I have is the poor suspension vs the vehicle weight at the front. Beside that, 100k miles since 0.4 miles and no big problems at all, only normally maintenance (brakes, tires, spark plugs at 90k,thermostat at 85k, nothing big trouble). I don’t know if mine was an abortion of the plant or if the few good ones. And for your information, I live in Puerto Rico, where the roads are a complete disaster, to work your drive in a complete traffic jam from your home up to your work, the weather is terrible when is raining and the humidity and always were are up 7 downhill.

  • Roberta April 2, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I have a 2008 HHR LT that I bought used in 2012. It has a little over 72K miles on it. I have had the recalls for ignition and power steering modules done as well as shifter replaced, all four tire pressure sensors replaced and now have an appointment to check why my engine temperature sensor/gauge is only working part time. Over all, I like the car – functional space, comfortable, etc., but this will be the last GM product I own. Piece of junk.

  • Amber P April 8, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    I have an 08 HHR LT. Bought it in 2013 so it already had a lot of miles on it. And I got it from the dealership so you would figure that they had fixed all the issues with it. I had it for a week and the check engine light came on found out it was the battery that they wanted me to pay for and I hadn’t even had it for a month. Almost a year plus 5 or six days after my year warrenty was up my car steering wheel locked up and wouldn’t turn and the spark plugs did something weird. Since my warrenty was over I couldn’t use it to get the car fixed and had to pay for it out of pocket. I ended up spending 1000$ in a two month period trying to get that car fixed. Just this past weekend the cadalidic converter was breaking down that just came to 900$. I’m paying more for this car then its worth at this point and can’t trade it in because of how much the car is worth. And the lemon laws don’t apply to this car and I wonder why. And the steering wheel still shakes when I hit the brakes no matter how many times I take it in. If anyone has any ideas on what to do with this car I would appreciate it because I am so thoroughly done with it. I can’t take it anymore!!!

  • Joel English April 13, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    I own a 06 Chevy HHR (P.O.S) I have had the same issues as well. My drivers side handle has broken twice and the key keeps getting stuck in the ignition. Chevy needs to recall this whole vehicle, it is a pathetic excuse for a car and chevy should be ashamed of this shit. Fuck you Chevy!!!

  • Ken April 17, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    I bought my 2006 HHR new after a year my key got stuck in the ignition while running. I disconnected the battery. Since then the shift locked, a plastic part broke. The transmission knocks, the gauges went crazy back windshield wipers started when I turn it off the engine stops. While driving on the highway it just stopped. Very dangerous.

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