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#69 of 219 Frustrated with HHR problems...
Mar 05, 2007 (4:24 am)
Hi I'm new to this board and had have this car since April. Since we travel a lot, we put roughly 21,000 miles on it so far. It's a 2006 LT with the basic 2.4 engine. All was going well until we had wiring problems at about 3,000 miles. When I turned the wheel to make a turn, the "engine power reduced" message came on and the power reduced drastically. This happened twice until the mechanicals figured out it wasn't the fuel pump, rather bad wiring. That was fixed and everything was fine months later...until Friday. On that morning I took it to get breakfast and when I shut the car off, the fan kept running. (which was weird since it was only about 30 degrees outside and the car was barely run.) But I didn't think anything of it. Then we were driving it in a busy suburb and the engine light blinked and sounded the alarm...the car was overheating. The temperature shot up to 240...which is over 50 degrees above normal. We blasted the heat until we could stop somewhere safe to park it. My father-in-law noticed that the coolant was empty. We put water in the radiator and nothing leaked out. We made it back to our house with the temperature being normal. In the morning, we checked it and ALL the water was gone...disappeared! So now it's sitting in my in-law's driveway. We had to return to the state we live (300 miles away) and leave it behind. We're calling the local Chevy dealership in the hopes they can fix the problem and we can go pick it up this weekend. We don't think it's the radiator or the hoses, because they weren't leaking. Maybe the temperature gauge is broke and the coolant/water is boiling out.
But it's frustrating to me that we bought this brand-new car and had sooooo many problems with it. It does not qualify under the lemon law here in Maryland since it has over 15,000 miles now. But we don't feel safe driving it anymore. We SHOULD be able to take this NEW car traveling and still return with it!!!!
Anyone else experience problems like this?
#70 of 219 Me Too
Mar 07, 2007 (8:42 am)
I've had problems with the brakes suspention and my wife has beemn left stranded twice because the car will not start. Now the radio doesn't work and the engine light is on. I guess it is back to the dealer again.
Mar 07, 2007 (9:04 am)
It wasn't Chevy's fault this time around. It was a hole in the radiator. (probably caused by a rock, they said) So it wasn't Chevy's fault. I'm still upset with the popping radio and some other features that they can't seem to fix.
#72 of 219 Re: Nevermind [bowsers625]
Mar 07, 2007 (11:35 am)
Glad you got it fixed though. Teething issues are always a problem on first year models. I have the same thing with my Caliber.
#73 of 219 Re: Nevermind [bowsers625]
Mar 30, 2007 (7:09 am)
Seems like Chevy has a design flaw. My wife also got strande with the coolant gone from the radiator. Chevy says it must have been a rock in the radiator too. The radiator is down very low and there is nothing to protect it. Seems its similar to a rock in the windshield but in this case it strands the motorist.
I'll be writing them a letter. Insurance paid $407 of the $607 to fix it and now the radiator is not covered by the 36 month / 3 year warranty. We down to 12 months on this baby.
#74 of 219 Re: Nevermind [freddieb]
Apr 18, 2007 (3:50 pm)
I just had the same experience yesterday. I've already written to Chevrolet via the internet to say I think this is a design flaw and they should cover the repair. My car needs a new radiator and condenser according to the dealer - to the tune of $1300! My insurance company will cover it as long as I pay my deductible, but they told me it is considered a "collision" claim. This makes me mad! I did nothing but drive my car along the highway. The next thing I know the light comes on and there is no coolant in it. I didn't run into anyone or anything as far as I can tell. Most likely, like in your case, a rock of some other projectile came up from underneath and punctured the radiator and condenser.
#75 of 219 my 2006 madza overheating
May 28, 2007 (5:04 am)
im having a problem with my 626 over heating.I ck the fans and there both running,i can go 6 miles and it gets hot.hat the problem.
#77 of 219 air filter
Jun 09, 2007 (6:52 am)
Can anyone tell me how to get the Darth Vader helmut off my air filter cannister?
#78 of 219 Re: air filter [melzy]
Jun 10, 2007 (7:17 am)
From the manual:
Disconnect the MAF sensor, PCV hose, and both ducts.
Pull the entire system form the top of engine.
flip the system over and place on soft non-abrasive surface.
remove the screws the hold the housing together and lift off housing.
follow instructions in reverse to re-install