2008 Chevrolet HHR Reviews

2008 Chevrolet HHR Reviews and Owner Comments

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2008 Chevrolet HHR (9 Reviews)
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bought it new in 2008, the car is too heavy for the rotors so you find yourself replacing those a lot. power steering went out about 50,000 but thats a ele assist motor. replaced timing chains at 200,000 it now has 241,000 on it has some small issues going on with it, but I would not get rid of it
I love my HHR, had 3 Miles on when I got it. 2 years ago there was a lot of water inside my car, they said it was the Airconditioner flap, bang $600. My inside light (like a lot of owners) never did work. Now its in the Shop again. Advanced Auto told me it is the crankshift sensor ($39) oh ok I thought, they told me see a dealer. went to the Dealer the car is with them now 3 days and they told me it is Crankshift itself not the sensor, so from 39$ to about $ 1000 big difference, the thing is I do NOT have any problems with my car, the check engine light came on that was it. Do they rip off a grandma or could it really be? they told me it is one of the common failure with the HHR, is it? But I love my HHR.
When I first saw the Chevy HHR series, I absolutely loved the look, the retro, high top look, I thought the car was totally attractive. I finally got the opportunity to purchase one in 2011. I bought a used 2008 grey HHR. Was completely in love with it. I loved the Low gas millage, it was really fuel efficient. Then the AC went out, got that fixed, then every light bulb practically had been replaced, then the dash board information started malfunctioning, and now in 2014... not even three years of me owning my adorable little car, I am shelling out $3000 to replace the transmission. And unfortunately my PowerTrain warranty was up in 2012. WOW.... my little dream car just became my nightmare. I am a single mom with 2 little girls, and now this!! SMH..... lesson learned, I grew up with Chevys my family have always owned Cheys, my first 2 cars were hand me down chevys, but this will now be my last Chevy!! Never again!!!!! Completely disappointed after this experience. SMH!!!!!
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.
have SS model - great response to acceleration; instrument panel lights don't fully illuminate at times (no apparent reason for this) '03 Chevy Silverado did the same; blind spots impair vision at times; none of these faults are deal breakers; I love driving the car.

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