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#1558 of 1606 I finished renting a HHR recently.
May 09, 2012 (9:53 pm)
The car rental clerk asks, "How do you like it?"
"It's fine. It certainly has changed my opinion about how I think about this car."
The clerk then tells me that that the car is fine to drive, but not to own. Hmm.
I liked it! Previously, I didn't consider the HHR as a contender for purchase because it was classified as a SUV, a class of vehicles I don't have a high opinion about (gas mileage, cramped interiors, massive blind spots, battleship-like wobbly ride).
The car has a fairy quiet passenger cabin. I don't need to turn up the radio to drown out the engine noise when cruising or accelerating, which I've been doing with my current car since it was new. It mutes pavement perturbations better than my current vehicle.
Blind spots. The view out of the rear view mirror is tiny. There's not much side glass to see out of because the pillars are huge. The side view mirrors are oversized, which compensates for that. After driving the car for a while, I had no trouble judging who was beside me.
Electrically-assisted steering. I believe that the HHR is the first vehicle I've driven where I devoted more attention to mentally tracking where the front wheels are going during low speed maneuvers, like parking. Otherwise, it seems to be fine.
Fuel economy: it pretty much beats most everything I've driven in my life so far (~30mpg mixed, as opposed to 22-25 for my current ride, ~20 mpg for the rental P.T. Cruisers and Compass I've had, and ~26 mpg for a 2001 Sentra, my first car).
Cargo capacity: interesting packaging. My car beats it on cubes, but the HHR's set-up appears to carry as much, if not more, with the back seats up. Unfortunately I could not use the full capacity of the car because one of the rear headrests stayed put.
The HHR is gone, and I'm somewhat disheartened that GM (for now, anyway) doesn't want to consider a wagon that isn't built on stilts, or affordable to a ham-'n'-egger (substituting oatmeal and fruit sometimes) like me.
#1559 of 1606 Re: Recall lettre [laserblue]
May 11, 2012 (11:23 am)
YES>>>ABSOLUTELY......HAVE IT FIXED NOW!!!!
I just had this happen at a most in-oppportune time !!
It totally ruined an expensive outing. We had paid for Front Row Concert tickets, arrived at the venue, parked the car and THE CAR WOULD NOT TURN OFF !!! THE IGNITION WAS LOCKED.....This ahs happened to MANY THOUSANDS OF HHR OWNERS!! Everything is just fine and then all of a sudden you can't turn you vehicle off.
We had to drive back home, missed the concert, and then had to have the car towed. It cost NOTHING to have it fixed under the recall. But thousands have had to complain to make the recall happen and many had already spent hundreds of dollars to fix the problem prior to the recall.
DO IT NOW!!!
Jun 30, 2012 (2:06 am)
I'm no mechanic, help wanted please.
Yesterday, I went to my GM dealer to get a annual check up done on my 2010 HHR.
They noticed that my brake pedal was low and told me that my rear brakes should me "cleaned and serviced" (without changing the brakes) and that would remedy the brake pedal being "low". When I went to get the HHR...no change in the brake pedal feeling.
Now, the service technicien's story had changed by telling me that sometimes the "cleaning and servicing" of the rear brakes has an effect on the brake pedal and sometimes it doesn't.
It's maybe psychologic but the brake pedal seems to be even "lower" than before the touched it.
#1561 of 1606 Re: Power Steering Issue [lsmith62790]
Aug 28, 2012 (10:49 am)
ISmith would it be possible to post the number for GM. My power steering quit working yesterday on my 2010 HHR. It only has 14,000 miles on it. I had no warning I heard the ding and I lost the power steering. I think this should be recalled. Mine is still under warranty. I agree I should not have to pay for this. I received a notice from GM that the ignition switch needed to be replaced because it locks up. I'm wondering if this causes the malfunction with the power steering? Anyone who has had this issue with a 2010 HHR please contact GM.
#1562 of 1606 Re: Power Steering Issue [angelkiss]
Aug 28, 2012 (11:36 am)
Good afternoon angelkiss,
Have you already been working with your dealership towards getting this taken care of? Please keep us posted on the progress of the repair, and if we can look into anything further we can be reached at socialmediagm.com (include your name and contact information, the last 8 of your VIN, and the name of your dealership).
Sarah, GM Customer Service
#1563 of 1606 Re: Power Steering Issue [gmcustsvcsarah]
Aug 28, 2012 (4:17 pm)
Thank you for your response Sarah. Im taking my car to the dealership for the ignition and power steering issues. As I said I have had the car for two years with 14,000 on it. The service manager at Fredricktown Chevrolet , Fredricktown, OH. was very rude when I tried to discuss this matter with him.I said both fall within the warranty.I tried to use the email you provided and it said it wasn't a good email. If I have a problem I will contact you through this site. Thank you
#1564 of 1606 Re: Power Steering Issue [angelkiss]
Aug 29, 2012 (5:20 am)
Good morning angelkiss,
I'm sorry that socialmediagm.com didn't work (I know that the Edmunds site will take the symbol and turn it into an image so as to prevent spamming - did you try to replace the symbol?). Alternatively, you can send an email to sarah_gracegmexpert.com and I will forward it to our main email address so that Christina (my coworker who responds to inbound email from the forum) can look into this further.
GM Customer Service
#1565 of 1606 Power Steering Light
Oct 10, 2012 (11:27 am)
I have a 2008 HHR and I've had my "power steering" light to come on twice in the last week. I've never lost power and when I took it in, all they could say was that they could not replicate it. Why do I have to keep taking the car in for them to tell me the same thing when other people are having the same problem. Surely, someone from GM knows how to fix the problem or just tend to want to ignore it.
#1566 of 1606 Re: Power Steering Light [marshalit]
Oct 10, 2012 (5:50 pm)
I have a 2010 and I had the same problem. Mine did go out. The problem was the unit was fried for no apparent reason. I agree GM may want to consider the possibility of a recall. Good luck
#1567 of 1606 Interested in Customer Assistance
Oct 11, 2012 (5:59 am)
marshalit and angelkiss,
If either of you had wanted this issue looked into further with your HHRs, please send us an email at socialmediagm.com with more details (including your name, Edmunds username, phone and address, the last 8 of your VIN and current mileage, and the name of your involved dealership).
Sarah, GM Customer Service