Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your Chevrolet HHR
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Chevrolet HHR Problems
A Loose or worn gas cap may cause Check Engine Light to illuminate.
Chevrolet HHR Recalls (Recent)
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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.Learn more »
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The shifter cable adjustment may become dislodged. This may cause the vehicle to show that it is in "Park," when it could actually be in another gear. If this happens, the vehicle may move and not be secure. Dealers will inspect the shift cable adjustment clip to make sure it is fully engaged, and will replace any shift cables that cannot be secured. The General Motors recall number is 09041. The recall began on March 24, 2009.Learn more »
Chevrolet HHR Questions and Answers
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Chevrolet HHR Reviews
I bought this car off the lot in Feb. 2007. I currently have 177K on it and still runs great. We had to replace the headlight bulb which was a bit troublesome through the wheelwell but we managed. I have had very few issues. The brakes lasted until around 165K. I recently replaced tires and the brakes now feel a bit weird when applied hard but I am going to have my brake man check to see if it is a warped rotor or something with the tire install. I have been very pleased with this car and hope to keep it running through another 150K miles. Sorry I got the gem when others seem to have found lemons.
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.
Bought brand new in 2009, Chevy HHR, LS with 2.2 and automatic transmision...The car has been a reliable vehicle and the only issue I have had is that the front struts were leaking at 36,000 miles. I replaced the struts and rear shocks at 41,000 with Gabriels. Trany was flushed at 42,000, Oil & filter changes done with full synthetic evry 6k, Front brakes replaced at 42,000 and stock firestone tires replaced at 43,000.... I do all my own work, except for any flushing... Car has been good and I only wish I bought the SS with the turbo for the extra power. Other than that I get over 30mpg on the highway and the stock remote start is a blessing in the winter.. My wife loves the car so we may get rid of the Chrysler PT for another HHR.
i HAVE HAD PROBLEMS FROM DAY ONE WITH THE AIRBAG LIGHT COMING ON ALL THE TIME EVEN WHEN NO ONE IN THE SEAT. ALSO HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THE DOOR OPENING FOB WORKING ONLY HALF THE TIME EVEN WHEN NEW BATTERY IN FOB. I THINK THERE IS A MAJOR PROBLEM WITH THE WIRING HARNESS IN GENERAL. THER SHOULD BE A RECALL FOR THE AIRBAG PROBLEM AS IS MAJOR SAFETYU ISSUE AS AIR BAGS WILL NOT DEPLOY WHEN HIT !i AM WAITING FOR OTHER ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS TO OCCUR AS IT GETS OLDER. i HAVE HAD THE CR IN FOR SERVICEON THE AIRBAG PROBLEM AND WAS FIXED FOR A VERY VWERY SHORT TIME THEN DAILY THE AIRBAG LIGHT COMES ON SERVERAL TIMES A DAY.
Bought this car new. I have had no problems with it until a recall on the dash glove box latch. Had service done and now 1 year later the latch for the lid came loose. I have 59000 miles on it now. I love the way this car drives and handles in turns,very sporty.The car has some cheap plastic parts,i.e. dash glove box latch,but really,what car on the market today does not use cheap plastic parts where possible. Only thing I have done is maintain the oil,changed tires at 40,000 miles and brakes at 55,000 miles. I still have the original battery in the car. I highly recommend this car.