Last post on May 12, 2009 at 3:27 AM
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Chevrolet HHR, Wagon
First Drive: 2008 Chevrolet HHR SS - Chevy makes a big deal of the HHR SS's somewhat unlikely pedigree as a veteran of the Nürburgring Nordschleife, noting that the trucklet holds the class record around the tortured north loop (8:43.52 minutes). The idea that there's really a defined class into which the HHR SS fits is, um, tenuous. But the SS's development on that most famous of test tracks does indicate Chevy's lofty goals. (more)
Jul 08, 2008 (7:50 am)
If the SS had an AWD option, that would give it a real world edge over so many sport cars that all too often spin wheels uselessly when trying to get underway or accelerate. FWD sort of guarantees understeer or wide turns if you have to accelerate hard.
Then again, for RWD cars, aren't spinning wheels part of the program?
#8 of 9 Slams those Acuras and Lexus' out of toll plazas
Mar 28, 2009 (5:20 am)
I must admit that I have no complaints with my HHR SS Turbo. I bought the HHR as a fuel saver with a nominal increase in cargo space over the other compact vehicles in its class. I'm one who loves the 40's retro hot rod style as well.
I did not buy an HHR until the SS came out, which sealed the deal for me. It had all of the practical virtues that I was looking for, but has eye opening performance added into the mix. The power and handling that the SS has make utility trips in this vehicle more than fun. It's addictive.
I love the low pitched growl when smoking Acuras and Lexus' out of toll plazas. And it doesn't sound like a castrated weedwhacker, like the small Asian turbos do.
May 12, 2009 (3:27 am)
What I gathered from the article is the HHR SS does NOT have the torque steer problem that the Caliber SRT-4 has. I don't think it was worded quite right. The article should be more clear about that, as this could deter some potential buyers. I really just picked up on this after about the third time of reading it. This is one of the cars they really should've done a video for. I owned one of the first '06 HHR 2LTs, and sadly, it was full of electrical problems. The dealer couldn't correct the problem and I eventually won a Lemon Law settlement then traded it in. I do wish I would've kept it, but was tired of the phantom problem and questions of reliability after the warranty expires. I would consider another one, though I've heard of similar problems with others. If mine were a 5-speed, maybe I wouldn't have had the problems... don't know. But, I would definitely like to give the SS a shot when I'm able to.