• Dave September 29, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    I have an ’06 that I bought a year ago from my sister in law to help her out of a bind. She claims to never have had a problem and if something came up she was at the dealership to rectify it and her stack of paperwork confirms it. It has 125k, is a 2.4 and Lt trim. My wife uses it as her primary car. I’ve replaced inside door handles….no biggy, they’re plastic, they break. Months ago my wife said the dash lights are going haywire. I drove it, nothing. Later she says it’s happening more and more. The lights go crazy, AC and radio shuts off and it steers hard. Oh, and key stuck but can stop engine. (Did the ignition recall). This week she called from work “it’s dead. No start, no lights, nothing”. I figure since the ‘puter is shutting things down, it’s prolly low voltage. Yes, the battery was shot – new battery (almost $200). Started the car. It ran for five minutes and shut down. Started again, die. Start again, die. Alternator? Another test with volt/ohm meter. I get no charging voltage back to battery so the ‘puter shuts down? Ok, new alterator ($125). What a horrible pain to get at, but today that task is complete. I start the motor and watch the meter. Good juice even with air on. I shift to reverse then into drive. Ok, no drop in voltage, sweet. No crazy light show on the dash. Man, I soo rock. I shift back to park, it dies. Start it back up, die. Start, die. Start, die. The car is still sitting in my wife’s Employer’s parking lot where I did all the “repairs” in between rain showers. Why doesn’t it go bad when it’s near the garage where all the tools are? Now I’m stumped and will have to pay for a tow and shop rates for diag and labor. Can’t wait to hear what they want for parts. Being retired and budgeting has it’s drawbacks. I haven’t even touched on the front end trouble we’re experiencing such as steering wheel wobble when braking hard. I inspected the brakes and it all appears in good shape (recent brake work performed according to sis in law’s receipts). I have replaced all four hub bearings and it still doing it.
    There are so many probs on this thread, has anyone got any solutions? I’ll try to be diligent and follow up with fixes.

    • Dave October 14, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      So far it has been learned that this 06 HHR, and very possibly many other models, have many grounding posts placed throughout the car’s unibody. Since the battery is in the rear under the spare tire, the negative post is no longer tied directly to the engine block like the “old days”. My mechanic researched the wiring schematic for this car and we found that many different functions are bundled and grounded at various locations. GM has replacement bolts you can order because the originals tend to rust and/or oxidize over time. A bad ground will play havoc with an electrical system by not completing a circuit thus not allowing certain functions to operate correctly. And since many of the problems we’re experiencing are bundled to common ground locations it makes sense the we will find the problem. Right? Each location was painstakingly checked and cleaned. All serial connections, wires, modular plugs and relays were inspected and tested. Seriously, we have talked with GM dealers, Buick dealers and they have no idea what do to look for next.
      BCM. Body Control Module.
      Can it be tested? No, not really. We know that the commands are being transmitted but the actions aren’t being carried out. An example would be that there are no injector codes stored and there is no pulse at the injector when there should be to keep the engine running. The ECM (Engine Control Module) gets a lot of commands from the BCM.
      My mechanic doesn’t have the expensive testing equipment that is usually reserved for dealers to plug in and the BCM but being a good mech and running a reputable shop, he knows someone that does. This process does NOT come cheap. The car is now in another shop and I’ve been contacted by the owner and he stated that he thinks we need to order a new BCM. You think? He says it’s getting commands but nothing is happening. Hell, I knew THAT much. I asked where he gets them and he answered “chevy”. His quote is just shy of $600 to acquire it, program it since it is specific to the car’s VIN, and install it. That doesn’t include the use of the “wonder machine” and his time thus far. Wow. Just wow.
      Please order the part and make the car whole, thank you very much I mutter through clenched teeth all the while trying to sound cordial. I doubt that it did.
      More later, I hope it’s good.

      • Dave October 22, 2015 at 11:31 pm

        Got the call to inform me that the car is done and ready to be picked up. With a shaky hand I swipe my credit card and the gal at the counter handed me my key. I have almost $1000 into this damn car so far. My wife and I go outside and she starts the car. It’s running!! Finally, a step in the right direction. I have my wife push all the buttons, turn every knob, operate all the functions she can find. It’s still running. Ok, lets roll. I’ll follow you home.
        This morning while my wife is driving to work the dash board lights went out and came back on and now the key fobs don’t work. Oh no, this feels very familiar.
        Tune in again to the continuing saga. More to come.

        • armando rase November 25, 2015 at 1:09 pm

          had all those problems finally found somebody who diagnosed the situation as a simple bad ground to the computer he did not want to charge me took 5 minutes to fix after me spending hrs replacing sensors

        • Tom February 18, 2016 at 12:40 pm

          Dave, Wondering how you made out with the HHR problem, as I’m experiencing the same thing. We’ve replaced the BCM twice (second one covered under warranty) and now it’s doing the same thing with the dash/gauges going crazy!

      • Mary February 18, 2016 at 4:51 pm

        Hi Dave guess what I have a 2006 Chevy HHR which was doing the same thing I replace two new batteries thinking it was the battery because it would do weird thing on us and go completely dead. We check the altenator it was not that so Got tried finally got it tow to my mecanic so it turns out it was the starter and a relay that goes somewhere near the starter that was getting wet with oil the mecanic did not know about it until they call him from where he took the starter to be refurnish that he need it to check on that because it would give me the same problems again. So he did pay and extra $60.00 for relay and labor total cost $300.00 Thank god ! no more electrical problems or low batteries. Also it was said that the starter get easy broken if you carry too many keys in your key chain when turning on the ignition the heavy key chains well damage the starter. Hope this helps.

    • Carl Hodge January 27, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      I have an 07 hhr I had the same problem with the keys it turned out to be a faulty neutral switch on the shifter, the whole shifter had to be replaced, a couple years later I got a recall notice on it and GM refunded my money. Currently I have no reverse due to getting stuck in a snow storm, but I guess at a 174,000 miles and only these two problems I can’t complain.

    • Stefani j February 15, 2016 at 1:46 am

      I had that “jiggly” problem– after replacing the brakes, and it still did it, I bought new tires. Works fine now. No wobble.

  • Alfred Ramos October 7, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    My ac keeps dripping water onto my floor mat. Now my ac doesn’t work.

    • mike March 29, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      get up underneaath car and right beneath the center right behind engine is a small hose outlet, get you an air hose shoot a burst or air up thru the hose and there will unclog it will be some water run out and that should fix your problem.

  • aunjel thomas October 23, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    This is the worst car I’ve ever purchased. Never again will I do .

  • michael moen November 21, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    I had an 06 hhr last december going to christmas smoke came in car up by windshield and dash my daughters and i jump out of the car within seconds car was completely in flames very horrifing i would never buy a chevy hhr or any piece of shit chevy at that thank God we survived.

  • Candi December 8, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    I have a 2011 HHR bough it brand new with 11 miles on it. Before 20k miles I had a circuit short out and took it to the dealership for an under warranty repair. 25k I start having problems with the passenger side back window getting stuck in the halfway or fully down position and not closing. Took to dealership again who says I’m pressing the window button too much causing a temporary short. 41K miles and the passenger side window will not roll down from driver side controls. I get a check engine light that comes on out of the blue, take it to get a diagnostic, nothing wrong…now getting brake fluid/service traction message from dashboard.

  • Jennifer Allen December 25, 2015 at 12:49 am

    I have a 2009 Chevy HHR. It has 108k on it. Can anyone tell me how to fix my ground problem?? I thought my problem was because I was in a rear end collision??? About a year after that, every time I touch my brakes, my back windshield wiper would turn on!! It was driving me crazy, so I took out that fuse under the hood. Then my rear hatch would not open, I ordered a new latch and put it on, it works now. I asked my brother about it so he looked at it. He took one ground wire off the back hatch towards the middle (by the way, I had already taken the plastic covering off the inside the back hatch, it’s still off!) When he took that ground wire off, the back windshield wiper wouldn’t work at all, neither would the back taillights. I would like a fix for my car. I have also been having to replace the Intake Camshaft Position timing, also it read the oil control circuit malfunction??? It this car going to catch on fire??? Actually, it probably needs too!!!!

  • Mary January 5, 2016 at 2:11 am

    Hi Armando
    So how did u fix the ground cable?

  • Juanita clark January 13, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    I have a 2008 HHR. I love my car. The main issue I have is in the Winter time my gear shift is stuck. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes the actually move. I have to literally let my car sit for that long for it to thaw out. It’s bad because sometimes I’m going to work and forget that I had to sit for an 1/2 hour more. What can I do about that?

    • rik January 17, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      theres a plug with wiring peoblem. you can bpass it its a switch under the shifter button press.

  • Cheryl January 16, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Having the same problem. Went out this morning and my HHR wont let me out of park. Yes it’s 14 degrees out there but this should not be happening. Came back into the house and waiting for it to warm up….hopefully I’ll get to the store today. Can this be fixed?

    • Juanita clark January 20, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      I have been having this problem every since I had my car. Only in the Winter time though. It’s really annoying.

      • Juanita clark January 29, 2016 at 8:22 pm

        Cheryl I have had this problem since I bought it 6 years ago. Now I need a censor. I have had a lot done to this car. I didn’t realize it had been in a car accident until 2 years later. It was leaking antifreeze. I looked under the car and the paint was different colors.

    • Bob Green May 17, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      Start HHR, let run 10 seconds. Depress brake, shifter releases.

  • Mary January 27, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    I have a 2008 hhr that I can not get unlocked. Why would anyone design a car with ony 1 key entry. There are 4 doors and back hatch. Key doesn’t work to unlock it.

    • Stefani j February 15, 2016 at 2:04 am

      My original keyfobs stopped unlocking my car forever ago, then I got a remote start put in and everything works fine now– i think the 1 lock on the outside is a safety feature– but I agree, there should be atleast 2!

  • Karen January 29, 2016 at 5:11 pm


    • jane hughes February 2, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      Was driving fine shut everything off went out next day the car will turn over but not start

  • Brittany January 30, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    I have an 07 hhr and the steering knuckle snapped, suspension on driver side twisted to hell and back. Car rolled 4 times… anyone else have suspension issues? Cause before 12/21/15 i had none to speak of. Never hit anything, no pot holes were in the road i was on. Suddenly car started jerking outta no where, ended with myself and my 4 year old flipping down the road into the side of a hill. Anyone have aome thoughts on this let me know.

    • Juanita clark February 3, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      I’m glad you guys are alright. I was having a steering problem, there was a loud click like it was going to snap or something. I went and got the steering column replaced last weekend. Now everytime I hit a bump it sounds weird. Back to the shop this weekend.

  • Sadie February 12, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Recently got a HHR 08 because my subaru finally died. I hate this car…. Everytime it rains the drivers side floor gets wet ( cant find the leak) The driver side head light and tail light always turn on and off for no reason. Speakers are all crackle sounding. My steering wheel smells like gasoline. No clue why. And whenever I drive the front end makes some kinda “jingle noise” Like something is loose. Everywhere I have taken it mechanics say “thats an entire front end kinda thing” and wont touch it… also now its saying “service tire monitor” I was told that most of these problems are over $500 work. I cant stand this car, not to mention the terrible blind spots, no center console ( that little divet is not a center console) and the poor excuse for interior lighting. Whom ever came up with the design of this car should be forced to drive my car for a week. Worst part is I hardly drive it. I go home and to work. I dont go out and if I do I walk to any destination that I need. What a sad example of a car…

    • Kelly H February 18, 2016 at 10:31 pm

      When it rains… the water is coming in from the faulty window seal. This happened with our 2006 HHR. In fact, it was so bad that it wound up shorting out the heater computer located underneath the passenger seat. Completely soaked floor board. This part was recalled and we took it into the dealer to get fixed. Problem is… it caused other damage and the dealer will not acknowledge that this was the cause… even though we found countles others that experience the same problem. Get that fixed! it will lead to much bigger problems… ( mold ) very frustrating… over all… I love the car… it is a good design… I am an artist-painter and it helps me haul my work around very easy — too bad Chevy can’t get their heads out of their butt over this one… 🙁

    • Mark April 11, 2016 at 9:44 pm

      There is a drain in the wheel well that funnels water from windshield to the road. It fills up with leaves and causes the interior to flood. These cars are shit!

  • MELISSA February 15, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Hello all, Glad to see I’m not the only one with the sticking shifter issue. I noticed last winter that whenever I pressed the brake pedal while in park, I would hear a clicking noise in the shifter. Now, this winter the darn thing just wont come out of park at all. It takes me several tries and continually pressing the shifter button before it will go into reverse or drive…UGH!.

  • Stefani j February 15, 2016 at 1:40 am

    I’ve had my HHR since January 2011(it’s a 2010) and so far– I’ve had the ignition cylinder fixed TWICE because the key was stuck and the car wouldn’t shut off, my windshield leaks, and my passenger side door jam leaks–every time it rains I get a puddle in the floor board, both rear window motors have gone bad, once I couldn’t get out of the car, and had to have a piece or the door latch fixed, and here recently the driver power seat doesn’t move. And have also had a handful of recalls to be repaired. I love my car, but dang!

  • Stefani j February 15, 2016 at 1:42 am

    I also forgot to add, a few months after I had purchased it– all of the gauges and the radio stopped working– I was driving down the road and the odometer said 0. I couldn’t get the radio to turn on, and the sounds such as seatbelt dinger, and turn signal clicks were off. I took a picture of it, and drove it to the dealership, where they obviously couldn’t duplicate the problem. But it’s never done that again!

  • Stefani j February 15, 2016 at 1:44 am

    And my check engine light has been on for 2 years saying its a “gas cap” issue…. Replaced gas cap, no fix. Check engine light still on.

    • debbie April 17, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      Mine to and it won’t read under the steering wheel !!!!

  • Andrew February 20, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    The lock button finally stopped working a few months ago. It worked then I had to really push then it stopped working. I have a 2010 HHR. Back in 2012 I replaced the radio because the aux port was going bad. I finally broke down and but a replacement fob from the dealer after by some online and having a locksmith try to program them. The dealer couldn’t get their fob or the ones I bought online to program at all. After an hour and a half of trying they told me I would have to come back when a different tech was onsite who could diagnose the system further. Before running a full diagnostics on the system for $120. But the tech who looked at it and told me that said it might be due to the fact that I replaced the radio with a non factory one. I bought the radio from Crutchfield and got all the additional plugs they said I would need to make it work correctly with my car.

  • Leelee February 29, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    I bought my 2006 HHR car from a used dealership. At the time I thought it was a good idea, my babies father at the time was with me and we both agreed on it. Turns out my boyfriend wasn’t the only lemon, the battery ended up dying the next day in my jobs parking lot. I had to jump it so many times my dad let me have his jumper cables. Now the brake light and the right signal and head light is out. Not to mention the battery still dies after putting a new one in. I’m a single mom with a newborn and a dumb a$$ car. I don’t have money to throw into a car that has more issues than my ex!!!

  • Royce March 17, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    I have a 2008 HHR, had the ignition recall done… Sometimes you get in it and it starts right up, then two weeks ago when were leaving a restraunt the crazy thing cranked and the starter hung up and would not stop. I had to click the remote to get it to shut down. It still not wanting to do anything at times, but then give another try and it cranks! Not a happy camper with this HHR!! Don’t know if I will ever buy another Chevy!

  • JB March 20, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    We bought a 2006 Chevy HHR brand new in December 2005. At 15k we had front brake pulsation. Fixed under warranty. They did a quick brake service only. At 25k same thing. And again GM did a quick brake service. Two more times this happened. And every time they did a quick brake service. I pushed to have the rotators and pads replaced but GM states they have to turn the rotors until they can’t anymore. After warranty ended the issue kept happening. We had another none GM garage replace everything. Lasted for about a year with no issues. Then it came back. So since then about 8-10 months I have to get the brakes replaced. This last time we had EVERYTHING replaced. Rotors pads calipers and front wheel bearings. Even new front struts. Not even 4 weeks later pulsing is back. They replaced the Rotors under warranty as they said they may have been bad. And a month later it’s back. Spoke to GM several times and every time they say the HHR doesn’t have a pulsing brake issue history. Ya right I just like wasting money for no reason. This is just one of my issues we’ve had with this car. The key switch issue if not turning off. Finally after 4 years of this GM came good and replaced the switch and wire harness. Also the headlights when changing from hi beam to low or back the lights go out for a split second. Just enough to freak the wife out. GM changed the headlight switch under warranty but only the switch. Problem still continues today. The other issue is that when the car is running and you tilt the steering wheel the engine shuts off. GM didn’t believe me so I left the car with them for the day and did it for them. They ended up replacing the entire ignition switch again but this time they also replaced the wire harness. That problem was finally solved. So besides the constant brake pulse, headlights cutting out and oh ya the dash lights flickering on he or own once in awhile the cars been ok.
    Sorry for being long winded.

    • Karen April 26, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      I was working at the time where I deliver express mail and the bosses car is a 2010 hhr that I was driving and has already had brake trouble in the past lights going on and off ,abs lites on and off causing pedal to studder real bad ( enough to make your foot push off pedal) brakes locking up when abs lit is off then when u push brake again lite comes back on causeing it to slide. This causes me to have a wreck! And I got hurt. I would never buy this car ever…and the rotors also have been replaced also but they say nothing is wrong with car? Yea right. It’s a very bad investment if u ask me. I’m just glad u all are not hurt by this car so far..aside from the loss of your well earned money that is should replace this car free of charge and the damages u have suffered from owning this bad of a car

  • Sunny April 10, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    I have a 08 hhr. Had ignition switch done owned the car 2 years now it doesnt want to drive. Reverse is fine d,i,l the car barely moves changes gear if going down hill otherwise the car isnt driveable. Just checked under the hood while car was on drive wheel isnt moving help me plz….

  • Robert Presseau April 16, 2016 at 10:31 am

    I bought my HHR in June of 2007,I’ve never had a car,this long,in all my life!I just went over 200,ooo Kilometers,& the only two repairs that i’ve had ,were,a front wheel bearing,& an inside door handle,which I had to change the whole door panel,which I purchased from a scrap yard ,for 100.00,& changed it myself!Literally ,the best car,that I ever owned!
    Bob Presseau
    Montreal Can

  • debbie April 17, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Mine has the engine light on won’t go off won’t read under steering wheel when I put gas in it won’t start

  • debbie April 20, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Help don’t kn what to do 192000 miles love the car but don’t know what to do

  • Juanita clark April 27, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Well more problems with my 2008 HHR. Check engine light on and off. Radio speakers seem to be blowed when moist outside but when it’s 80 degree it works fine.can’t drive over 55 or car starts shaking. Got rotors, brakes, struts tie rods, radiator. Now their saying sway bar needs to be replaced. Praying that after this I get a couple more yrs out of it.

  • Lon Townsend April 29, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    I have a 2009 HHR with 24K miles. The front door would not open from the inside, after reading I bought a new front door opener and started to install it. No instructions, but I was a mechanic for about 15 years. Got the door panel off – no problems. I had left the window down and I needed to up it up for more room. Now, none of my power windows work. Everything else works including other controls on the door. 30 amp fuse looks fine. I am so lost. Power, fuse and switch all good, but it does not work. As long as I do not mind the drivers window down, I can drive it.

  • Erick May 12, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Been having problem my 2006 HHR how to replace the gas pedal keeps coming up engine power loss then I get disabled engine and will not do anything crank over nothing getting really sick of it leaving me sick I may just go Volkswagen

  • Don Seguin May 17, 2016 at 7:37 am

    I have 2008 hhr ss. 56000km air bag light on, lights flickering on dash and radio, windows blowing 30 amp fuse and gm could not fix it. told me I needed everything from front sensor to air bag control, maybe needed new bcm. they changed the front sensor but it did not help. they had vehicle for week and could not fix it. air bag light on , lights flickering, had a new key fob and key cut at this time but they could not get the fobs to work. they said the receiver had to be changed so receiver changed. the keys worked fine. 1000 bucks. took car to independent guy with laptop. he fixed air bag problem in an hour. 150 bucks front end had noise and the right link gone. struct leaking oil. changed both sides. take car back to gm complain that car was fixed by someone outside gm. we get into heated arguement when I pointed out that I had caught them lying to me more than once. He tells me the wiring harness needs to be changed out. they can fix the car but it will take time and money.
    car not working now has new code crankshaft position sendor. I take the car to Canadian Tire ne. they change the fuse panel. windows work, but the rest of the problem still there. they say might need a bcm but not sure. it would be 600 to find out but no guarantee. charge me 1700. I have independent company check battery. Battery has bad cell so buy new battery. key fobs fail. I change the crank shaft sensor. go over wiring, ohm all wires to emc, gar starts and runs again now lights flickering. One of the key fobs stops working. I call gm. take car in. service manager stops work on car tells me to come back and get car. some one else worked on car and he will not work on it any more. I have to agree to pay for repairs to key fobs because their records of my bills only show install of receiver and not linking of fobs. I argue again how did they get fobs working in first place. Brutal argument. I must pay they say. I agree but say if it is not my fault then I dont pay. they dont agree. I call another gm dealer and ask how they would install receiver and make fobs work. they tell me process and state that once done they should remain synced. My wife pulls up bill and sure enough it says they had linked the fobs and receiver. I take the bill and go back. this time they are able to find the billing on their end. they want money I tell them no way. big argument. My wife gets call and they tell her no charge. I pick up they tell me not to come back. keep car in driveway because it shuts off while driving. ignition stays on and you have to turn it back to get it to stop. I disconnect battery. car starts but within minutes shuts down. try to start but it seems like it is out of timing. esc light on. I am at wits end. the dealer ship will not work on car. No one will touch the car. I dont know where to start now. I plan on calling GM headquarters..

  • Bob Green May 17, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    2007 HHR: Front end out at under 30,000 miles.
    Head blown at 32,000 (recall not advertised to public).
    Vibrates enough to shake your teeth out.
    BUT: 40MPG highway and 24 in city…
    Were there any front end recalls in this HHR?

  • Ron Foley May 17, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    we have a 2006 HHR we use as service vehicle . The problems started with the radio close to 2 years ago (which has never worked since) then the key fobs would not unlock or lock the car.
    next was it was dead battery about 50% of the time.
    at time after you jumped started it and got it running, there was no power steering.

    every time we take it in, it works just fine. until about two weeks ago
    it finally died at the mechanics.
    they tested the charging system and monitored the battery
    the battery was only charging at 13 volts, and the charging would almost pulse.

    the thought is now it is the body control module, which can only be installed by a GM dealership, as it needs to be flashed while in the car.

    this vehicle is just not trustworthy , it will just die while being driven and with that O so wounderful relectric power steering, you now have something you can not even steer off the to the side of the road.

    it would seem these cars are just poorly designed.

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