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2008 Chevrolet HHR

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2008 Chevrolet HHR Problems

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

A Loose or worn gas cap may cause Check Engine Light to illuminate.

Maintenance -- Verified

Brake fluid can become dirty and may cause problems in the brake system; it should be flushed every 60,000 miles.

Maintenance -- Verified

GM recommends replacing the engine coolant at 100,000 miles; however, our technicians tell us that the coolant may become contaminated and require a complete cooling system flush every 60,000 to 70,000 miles.

Engine -- Verified

All engines Our technicians tell us that the recommended spark plug life is 100k miles. The ignition coils are mounted directly on top of the spark plugs, as a result there are not longer any spark plug wires to fail.

2008 Chevrolet HHR Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., December 23, 2008

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The door on the dash storage bin may not stay closed in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will install a redesigned latch to correct this issue. This recall will begin on December 23, 2008. The General Motors recall number is 08157.

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2008 Chevrolet HHR Questions and Answers

rickyd920, 2008 Chevrolet HHR, Red Lion, PA

Just bought a 2008 HHR today. First time I start it up in the dark, the reading lamps on the rear view mirror come on and I can't turn them off. Shutting the engine off...lights stay on. Re...

gregory0130, 2008 Chevrolet HHR, Turtle Lake, WI

Where is the oil filter located on the 2.2 engine?

larry911, 2008 Chevrolet HHR, Kingwood, TX

does the engine have a serial number and where to find it?

rexhiggins, 2008 Chevrolet HHR, Nashville, IN

On a very cold day last week, I "self washed" my car at a self service car wash. I spent a lot of time cleaning the wheel wells and rims, etc. After the wash, I got on a state hiway and w...

Visitor, 2008 Chevrolet HHR, Kingwood, TX

Unable to unlock the car useing the key sometimes.

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2008 Chevrolet HHR Reviews

The HHR had a good look, that attracted me to it, the engine has good pep for sure, and it's fairly comfortable. But it has many drawbacks:
All the windows are too small, visibility is horrible. The door and windshield pillars too thick as well as the one's at the back windows, making vision even worse.
The door pockets are useless, they're too small allowing storage for very little.
The dash bin is also too small and shallow as is the glove box you can barely get the manual in there.
The floor-flush storage bins behind the rear seats are a good idea but difficult to get to if you've put anything on top of them.
The ceiling dome light is near the back of the car, you can't reach it from drivers seat. While up front you only have map lights and their very dim.
The interior plastic is very cheap. The fold-flat rear seats are a good feature, giving a flat floor area, but the hard plastic surface allows stuff to slide around all over the place.
The rear windshield wiper drags across the windows even when wet. Making lots of noise.
The doors are curved inward (with sharp edges)at the top and bottom, just at the right height to bump your head and leg. Leaving a nasty bruise.

The HHR has that retro-cool look that attracted me to it, the engine has good pep for sure, and it's reasonably comfortable. That said, the car has many drawbacks:
All the windows are too small; visibility is awful (I'm a 6'1" guy), so you feel like you're in a cave. Door and windshield pillars too thick, making vision even worse. The door pockets are a joke, they're too small, shallow and the half-moon shape provides storage for maybe a couple packs of gum, and there's plenty of interior door area to have made them bigger. The dash bin, while a good idea, is also too small and shallow as is the glove box. The floor-flush storage bins behind the rear seats are a good idea but in a forgotten location. The radio controls/settings are a bizarre & constant annoyance. The rear window wiper switch is located in an oddball place. The ceiling dome light is near the back of the car (REAL stupid) you can't reach it from drivers seat. While up front you only have map lights or general house lights. The windows/door lock switches are bass ackwards. The interior plastic is Wal-Mart cheap. The fold-flat rear seats are a good feature, giving a flat floor area; but the non-carpeted and hard plastic surface allows stuff to slide around like an ice rink. I bought it used in 2009 w/38k mi. and it already had problems with the heater/AC motor buzzing; sway bar links rattling, creaking suspension, check engine light issues and a hyperactive tranny (downshifting too easily). Fortunately all fixed under warranty. Does not compare well to my previous car, an '06 Vibe. Even though the HHR roof is higher & more horiz. than the Vibe/Matrix, I could stand up under the Vibes hatch when open; not with the HHR. Overall, I wany my Vibe back!!!

To begin I have had nothing but problems with my HHR. About 15k into
having it my rotors warped and my steering column started to rattle when
breaking due to the rotors. Also My interior back light has a defect in it, the
chevy decal in the back has fallen off. When my car hit 36k the transmition went
out due to no fault of my own, when I received my car back from the dealership
the check engine light was on. I had a very hard time getting this taken care of
because the issue was with the exhaust and that was covered under warranty but
the dealer said it was not. Now that my bumper to bumper warranty has expired
my service air bag goes on and off at random and just today I have noticed that
when I try to use my remote start my car will contently try to start its self
for about 1 min. If I get in the car to put my key in the ignition the after
doing the remote start it flashes power steering on the display, this only
happens when using remote start. Both of my parents retired from GM and I am
not very happy with the quality or service I have received

2008 HHR, 37,500 miles, already experiencing Power Steering problems. There is a1.3 million recalls on GM electrical power steering motor, not pump, so, dont be fool, there is no fluid on this one. but, the fail to include HHR's, go figure. be aware!!.

Me and my family love our HHR. We love the miles that we get out of the gas and we can fit just about anything in it we need. I think the only thing I dont really like is where the window buttons are but I'm getting used to it. I do a paper route and the HHR has become the new "it" car for all of us in this distrect.

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