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#386 of 396 2006 HHR Usage & Repairs
Feb 25, 2013 (12:00 am)
I have a 2006 HHR. 118,000.00 miles on it. I sell things so its typical for me to have in it up to a ton of stuff in it and drive all day around Southern California. Its a 2.4 Liter LT without onstar or sunroof but everything else, and its automatic.
First things, Brakes, You need to upgrade HHR brakes from the factory rotors if you got anything but the SS model. Any Chevrolet Dealership will easily put better cross drilled rotors on there for about $400.00. The original were downright a rip off. Its better if they had sold the thing with no brakes.
I changed the struts with aftermarket struts(Monroe) 2 years ago in place of the originals and this week, I am getting new ones installed by the Chevrolet Dealership.
I am changing rear shocks, the ones back there are worn and leaking fluids, but itís been 7 years and lots of load, and also some tie end rods and worn bushing mounts.
Minor repairs (This week) include a broken rear washer hose replacement, some loose things under the exhaust system need tightening, tie end rods, plus the door weather strip rubber.
This is my first Chevrolet after 6 Toyotas, including 4 in Africa and 2 Hondas plus a Mazda.
The thing is, when you use cars, things break. You have to be reasonable. Save for the front rotors, my HHR has been perfect in the sense that I only have had to replace normal tear and wear things.
If you expect to go and buy a Toyota and find automotive nirvana, or Honda, or better warranty or customer service, I say peace be with you, (for now).
I have to say, this is the most trouble free car I have ever owned, and believe you me, my typical car does a lot of miles every two or three days. I drive at least 60 miles or a normal work day. This HHR will still run to the speedometers end after 118,000.00 miles within 18 seconds, (in a safe closed course of course) and will embarrass a lot of cars off the line. The interior and exterior is like show room, nothing is broken.
The whole bill for this work, including the ordinary service is coming to about $1,300.00 in a Chevrolet dealership.
Would I have work done at a mom and pops, Honestly, No, I do not want the drama or headache.
#387 of 396 Re: Chevy HHR Brake Problems [gmcustsvc]
Apr 28, 2013 (4:37 pm)
Going on my fourth set of rotors and pads. These brakes must simply be under designed for this car. I go through a set of rotors every other oil change. I am going to try performance brakes next, drilled and slotted, to see if this helps.
#388 of 396 Re: Struts [warvin]
Apr 28, 2013 (7:48 pm)
Sounds expensive. Recently, I had suspension work done on my 2007 Uplander with 80k miles. Struts, rear shocks, inner and outer tie rods, stabilizer bar, and 4 wheel alignment; total bill was $1,427 (taxes included, Canadian dollars). I went to a auto chain store (Canadian Tire) and not the dealer. The local dealer quoted close to $700 for just the tie rods. Shocks, struts, brakes, and suspension work can be done by most auto repair chains at prices much less than the dealer. Good luck.
#389 of 396 Re: Struts [jpf]
Apr 29, 2013 (3:35 am)
I do the same...after the warranty is over it's Canadian Tire, Midas, Mr. Muffler, Monsieur 4 Roues, Les experts sur Roue...
Anywhere except little private corner garages and Car Dealers.
#390 of 396 Re: Chevy HHR Brake Problems [power4u]
Aug 14, 2013 (9:47 am)
I had the same problems, until I switched my rotors to the drilled. No more problems.
#391 of 396 Chevrolet HHR brake problems
Oct 29, 2013 (11:29 am)
I purchased my HHR in October, 2010--it is a 2011. No problems until July 15, 2012 when I took it to a Pep Boys location in Pittsburgh, PA (it was a Sunday.) On that day they supposedly did a brake inspection and then informed me that I would need new brake pads. Work done and off I went. On December 7, 2012 took car back to same Pep Boys location because I noticed the front end "jimmying/shaking/vibrating"--whatever you want to call it. They supposedly did another brake inspection and then informed me the car would need new pads and possibly rotors if they were not able to "machine" them. As it turned out they did "machine" the rotors and put new ceramic brake pads on. Again off I went thinking well this time should be different. Not so because in late June/early July, 2013 noticed again that the front end was "jimmying/shaking/vibrating." Took it back to Pep Boys AGAIN!!! And this time Pep Boys supposedly did another brake inspection and this time informed me that the car would need new brake pads AND new rotors and calipers!!! Because of the prohibitive cost I decided to go to an independent garage. When I called this garage to see if they could do the work the manager/owner told me yes as long as I brought the parts with me (it was late in the afternoon at this point and I had to plans to go out of town the next day.) I purchased the parts at an auto parts store near my home and took these with me to the independent garage. An hour and half later I once again was on my way thinking for sure now things should be good. Not so, AGAIN!!!
Last evening as I was coming home from work I came to a stop sign and of course, stopped. When I went to accelerate to move forward and I kid you not, the car made such a HORRID sound that I honestly believed the whole engine dropped out of the car. This morning I had it towed to the dealership where I purchased the car. The guy who towed it said he knew what the problem was when he had the front end up in preparation to tow it. The caliper on the passenger front wheel had "FALLEN OUT!!" After speaking to several people (the auto parts store; the guy who towed the car and the service person at the dealership) I learned that had this happened while I was driving down the highway (I take PA 43 to work everyday) 65 to 70 miles an hour the wheel would have "SEIZED UP." The person at the dealership even went so far as to say that had the caliper fallen out in this situation--and IF I would have survived it most likely would not have been a "pretty sight!!!" This whole scenario just makes me sick!!!
Nov 03, 2013 (12:43 pm)
I have replaced my rotors and brakes and the problem comes back. Coming home from Big Bear this pass Spring the HHR started to shake and rattle. I felt like the car was disintegrating. This is suppose to be my family car. I cant take trips with my family in this car. It is not safe. This is a serious issue and I cant believe there isnt a recall. I have come to the conclusion that Chevrolet knows and dont care about safety. Sure I can take it to the dealer but I know for a fact they will not resolve my issue plus my warranty is up. I will never buy a Chevrolet again. Now I am stuck with a car that I dont feel safe in. There has to be an engineering flaw. Oh I forgot to mention the annoying rattle in the steering column.
#393 of 396 Re: 2006 HHR LT [edscustom]
Nov 03, 2013 (1:03 pm)
You CAN'T GO TO THE DEALER and get this fixed. The only way you are going to fix it is to buy some slotted rotors and pads and install them. The GM rotors are junk. You can get these online at Ebay, etc. for about $125 for the set. I did this two years ago and have zero problems. The slots will dissipate the heat much better. Trust me, it works.
#394 of 396 Re: 2006 HHR LT [edscustom]
Nov 08, 2013 (8:31 am)
I totally understand your frustration. I had my brakes fixed in April and I need new ones already. I only drive nine miles to work and seldom drive on the weekends. I took my car to the dealer in April. I told them AGAIN that the front end feels like it is going to fall off. They replaced the steering column,brakes, struts, blower motor, and fixed the windows that were squealing. Here it is only 2000 miles later and everything that I had fixed is broke again and of course the warranty is up. Its a piece of crap with 36000 miles on it. My daughter is turning 16 and has her permit. I am afraid to let her drive my car. I agree that there should be a major recall on these cars. makes you wonder why they don't make them anymore? Once again the consumer getting it stuck to them!!
#395 of 396 Re: 2006 HHR LT [bahillen]
Nov 09, 2013 (2:02 am)
I have exactly the same mileage on my HHR and no problems whatsoever.
Just went for a semi annual check up and my brakes are at...
Front pads at 8 mm. and rear shoe at 4 mm. (mind you that they are the originals).
I adore my HHR and to bad they stopped the production with the 2011 because I'm planning to trade mine in 2 years and would have bought another HHR...best car I ever owned in 38 years of driving...buying my cars new and trading them every 5 years. Must have gotten a "cream puff" right of the line.