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#1427 of 1606 This one has my GM Service guys stumped...
Feb 19, 2010 (7:58 am)
Several times over the last few years my 2006 HHR LT has had a problem that the Chevrolet service department cannot correct. When driving or after just starting the car, it occasionally/randomly/infrequently chimes 3 times, the vehicle theft light on the dash lights up, all analog gauges perform repeated full sweeps, the information display cycles through bogus readings, the shifter clicks wildly, automatic shifting stops, engine stutters but keeps going and power steering goes out completely (this last one doesn't always happen). Brakes seem fine. This has happened about 6 or 7 times since I purchased the car used in July 2006. When it happens, I drive straight to the service department and leave it running for the technicians. They see the theft light on, and the lack of shifting, but by the time I get there the gauges seem to behave again. They have replaced various wiring but have yet to fix the issue. The last time it happened, the service department kept it for almost 3 weeks trying to repro the problem but couldnít so they gave it back unfixed.
It happened again last week and itís quite scary when it happens while on the highway. It's back at the service center but they're ready to give it back again without fixing it. I've contacted corporate to see if there's anything they can do, but beyond asking if I still have a warranty (no) they haven't been able to do much.
Anyone else have a similar experience or suggestions on what might be causing this?
Mar 06, 2010 (7:08 pm)
Well...it's almost done.
I went to my G.M. dealer today and did a road test with a 2010 HHR.
Started to deal on the price and I'm suppose to meet the salesman on monday to sign the contract.
I'm ordering my HHR because they did not have what I wanted on the lot (color/options).
In the deal the salesman is giving me "no charge" what he calls "spotter mirrors" in other words "blind spot mirrors". These mirrors are factory installed on the outside L and R mirrors.
Are they good? Do they really help?
He said that it helps you with lane changes in heavy traffic.
I often see "semi trucks" with those convex mirrors on their side mirrors... but on a HHR.
Didn't even know that it was a G.M. factory installed option.
The salesman is including them on as a gift.
Mar 09, 2010 (5:59 pm)
Last night I went and traded-in my 2005 Equinox LT (that was bought new) for a 2010 Chevrolet HHR LT (with the 2.4 L engine).
My Equinox has been pretty good. Most repairs where done under warranty. The only repair I had to pay for was a "blown head gasket" + the normal maintenance.
I just hope I'll have the same fun driving the HHR than the Equinox.
Mar 10, 2010 (5:29 pm)
front left door handle snapped off. Junk yards don't have any. Common problem apparently. Chevy wants to sell me the entire door asembly. Does anyone know if the rear left is interrchangeable with the front left. They look the same
Mar 12, 2010 (10:56 am)
What are the pros and cons between 16" tires versus 17" tires?
#1432 of 1606 Re: Tires [laserblue]
Mar 12, 2010 (6:34 pm)
One of the biggest considerations is replacement costs of tires/wheels the the various sizes. It seems that with the lower profile tires the rims become damaged as often as the tire does just by hitting potholes in the road.
#1433 of 1606 Re: This one has my GM Service guys stumped... [tim146]
Mar 15, 2010 (11:10 am)
Just had this same problem!
My wife got out of the car and it beeped at her 3 times.
After that the car starter would not work.
This went on for a couple of days.
For a lark, I pressed the lock and unlock buttons on the remote starter at the same time and the problem went away...
My premise for doing the was to confuse the unit so that it would re-boot. I donít know if this really did any thing but, dare I say it hasnít returned in about a month.
Just had the door handle break off on my car($372 for the panel) , the brakes suck (rotor wobble) had them fix 2 times and they are starting to go again and a couple of dozen other issues. I wanted to do my part for the North American economy and buy from the big 3. This will be the last time that happens.
#1434 of 1606 Re: This one has my GM Service guys stumped... [gary_t]
Mar 15, 2010 (1:29 pm)
Yea, you could buy a Toyota, they seem to be such a high quality vehicle.
Mar 16, 2010 (9:39 am)
I ordered a 2010 HHR LT 2 last week.
The wheels are 17's chromed cast aluminium and the dealer told me that I might have a problem finding 17 inch winter tires next winter. He gave me this advice "Just buy four 16 inch rims and install 16 inch winter tires on them they will fit on the truck".
Is this possible? The HHR will be built with the 17 inches rims and I'll be able to exchange them with 16 inches rims for winter?
#1436 of 1606 Re: Wheel question. [laserblue]
Mar 16, 2010 (10:59 am)
Absolutely, its just what I did. I found a set of 16"steel wheels off an HHR on fleabay and bought them. The tire size will be a little different (beyond the obvious inch differance) but a tire place will find a suitable one. 17 inch winters are available but they tend to have the 'performance' title with them and for me the only performance I want in winter is to be able to get where I'm going in the slop.