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#15 of 24 2008 HHR Continuous Stalling issues: This car is not safe to drive
Jul 28, 2010 (11:38 am)
Bottom line is this: Our 2008 HHR is unsafe and unreliable.GM knows HHRs have various issues and I am very upset!
My wife will no longer drive in this car and I feel unsafe as well.Heres our story:
Our 2008 HHR which we bought new, is currently setting at Reynolds GMC in Covina CA, and our case being reviewed by a "smug" District GM manager by the name of Aeris (pronounced IRIS), to see if they can offer "assistance" to help pay for something that should technically still be under warranty! (has only 39k miles) I had to find out from the service mgr. yesterday that Aeris told him that GM could not offer assistance to pay for $900 repair bill. (So he only calls the dealer it is at now and didnt even bother calling the other SERVICE MANAGERS at the other dealerships which I gave him in the first place) He did not even bother to validate any of my visits at the other dealerships. ( I know because I checked with the 3 dealerships before) He has not even bothered to call me or return my message. I am furious!!!!
Again, I have had it to 3 different dealerships- (none of them were aware of "STALLING ISSUES" even though its all over the internet & Blogs) I took it to the original dealer where we purchased, Mark Christopher Chevy in Ontario (2x in one week-June 17th-June 27th 2010) could not find problem but did replace main computer. Drove car the next day up to northern CA only to have it stall on the way up and on the way down. Towed to Power Chevy in Valencia from bottom of the Grapevine on I-5 south ($320$$$$) on 4th July! They had it for 2 days & could not replicate. Got it back-Stalled again on July 9th in the middle of LA Traffic on the 134/5 fwys at 6pm. Had to have towed to Allen Gwynn Chevy in Glendale.
Found out that my sisters next door neighboor had same problem with his '08 HHR and he had it in to Reynolds GMC Buick 7 times. Neighboor said they fixed his, traced it to bad main elec harness and faulty fuse box.( Reynolds also told him he could not take it back to Reynolds any more-he will have to deal directly with GM?)
So I drove it to Reynolds on Monday the 12th, from the Chevy Dealer (Yes it was decelerating/missing/stalling issues while driving) and it stalled right there in the service bay. The Service writer Mike Floyd, and I had spoken before I brought it in so he was aware of my situation. So now I am having to write other GM cust serv folks and post this on Edmunds. (You can see and feel my resentment and I plan on trading this vehicle in ASAP for something else besides a GMC product.) I will also be posting a link to an EYEWINTESS NEWS video of another HHR owner who had the exact same issues...My family or your family could be seriously injured or worse by an HHR driver if GM does not take the responsibility to investigate these issues.
#16 of 24 HHR Stalling issues: EYEWITTNESS NEWS video
Jul 28, 2010 (11:22 am)
Please copy and paste this link into your browser to view if not directly linked. it is an Eyewittness news video of a HHR owner who is one of I dont know how many thousands, that have various stalling issues with there HHR.
Here is a transcript below:
RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Loretta Barnes says she drives around Raleigh in fear.
"I'm scared. It's going to die and somebody's going to hit me in the back," she told Eyewitness News referring to a stalling problem she says she had with her 2007 Chevy HHR. "It happens around Raleigh. It happened in Roanoke Rapids. It stalled on the train track in Roanoke Rapids."
Barnes told investigative reporter Steve Daniels that the car died when she least expected it.
"It stalled on the train track?" Daniels asked.
"It stalled on the train track," Barnes replied.
"It's always a bump that makes it die?" Daniels inquired.
"No, not necessarily a bump - even sudden stops sometimes," said Barnes. "It is frustrating. I'm going pull out my hair."
Barnes has the service records to show she had the problem checked out five times at White's Chevrolet in Roanoke Rapids. But she says the dealer never found out why the car stalled.
An Eyewitness News investigation revealed other consumers have filed complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration alleging the same type of problem with the Chevy HHR. There are 22 complaints in all.
NHTSA said it is aware of the problem and is monitoring it closely.
Tom Lacek is a mechanical engineer who specializes in investigating vehicle failures. We asked him to look over the NHTSA documents.
"My stand is it is a problem and it is solvable. It is really a matter of putting in the effort to do it," he said. "The potential for a tragic event goes up with this kind of problem."
Lacek said he believes General Motors should thoroughly investigate why the Chevy HHRs are allegedly stalling. He said that could mean driving the cars for several days while watching every move with a flight recorder - trying to recreate the stalling problem.
"Diagnostics are not complicated, but diagnostics must be systematic," he explained.
Eyewitness News contacted GM about the problem. It told us it does not comment on investigations in progress.
"Keep in mind that when you are dealing with hundreds of thousands of vehicles, there are going to be scattered problems. The question is, is there a defect that can and should be fixed with a recall or other action," said a spokesperson.
GM also urged Barnes to get her HHR towed to the nearest Chevy dealership the next time it stalled.
"To me it is insufficient, 'Well it stalls. We can't find it. Take it back. Let us know if it does it again,'" Lacek offered.
After Eyewitness News got involved, GM contacted Barnes and offered her a special deal to put her in a new car.
"I really thank you from the bottom of my heart - ABC, Channel 11, Steve Daniels, the whole team. Ya'll have been great," said Barnes.
But Barnes said she's still concerned about the problem and she's suing GM under the federal lemon law. She also said she has a message for the car company.
"You need to recall this. I'm scared someone is going to have to die in order for you to recall this car," she told Daniels.
GM told Eyewitness News that it's sorry it couldn't solve Barnes' stalling problem. It said it tried to work with the customer to resolve the problem, but is happy to hear she is in a new vehicle and happy about that part of the outcome.
Can someone at GM please respond? Thank you...ANGRYHHROWNER
#17 of 24 hhr brakes,struts&calipers
Aug 20, 2010 (5:47 am)
My wife & I perchased a 2007 hhr one month after we owened it i heard scraping noises from the passanger side front end. i took the tire off to inspect the brskes and found that that the inside pad was wore down completely. the othe brake pads were fine. i took the car back to the dealers and explaned the problem to my surprise there were four other HHRs on the lifts getting look at. i still have problems with brakes. now the rotors&struts are bad Iam sorry i brought it
#18 of 24 Re: hhr brakes,struts&calipers [abbygas]
Aug 20, 2010 (10:52 am)
I apologize that you are experiencing concerns with your vehicle. I know you stated that you got the pad replaced. Has the dealership taken a look at any of the other concerns you have? Thank you,
Mariah GM Customer Service
#19 of 24 Re: hhr brakes,struts&calipers [gmcustsvc]
Aug 20, 2010 (3:57 pm)
I just want thank you for responding to my message its not just the brake pad its a combination of a few problem. my HHr is a 2007 i should not have to replace the rotors,struts&breke pads(X2) the dealer did work on the brake caliper(r)side but the brake pads keep wearing down faster than the left side
#20 of 24 Re: hhr brakes,struts&calipers [gmcustsvc]
Aug 20, 2010 (4:28 pm)
I just want thank you for responding to my message its not just the brake pad its a combination of a few problem. my HHR is a 2007 i should not have to replace the rotors,struts&breke pads(X2) the dealer did work on the brake caliper(r)side but the brake pads keep wearing down faster than the left side
#21 of 24 Re: hhr brakes,struts&calipers [gmcustsvc]
Aug 23, 2010 (6:12 am)
I was just woundering how many people have you apologized to about the problems or concerns of the HHR? Don't tou think one is to many? thank you abbygas
#22 of 24 Re: hhr brakes,struts&calipers [abbygas]
Aug 23, 2010 (10:11 am)
Unfortunately, I don't make policies nor can I force a recall. I can help customers by answering questions and escalate their concerns if need be. I do apologize because I know how frustrating it can be for people when their vehicles have concerns. So if you have any further questions pertaining to your concerns please let me know. Thank you,
Mariah GM Customer Service
#23 of 24 2006 Chevy hhr Stalls while driving
Aug 11, 2011 (7:44 am)
I AM SCARED, FOR MY FAMILYS SAFETY
FEAR THAT THIS VEHICLE WILL STALL AND WE WILL CRASH OR BE HIT BY SOME ONE...WHEN A VEHICLE STALLS YOU LOOSE ALL POWER...THAT IS POWER STEERING, BREAKS.....THE ABILITY TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OF YOUR VEHICLE
I AM ATTACHING A LINK THAT GM SHOULD REVIEW.....DANGER THIS VEHICLE IS AN ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!
COPY THIS LINK TO YOUR WEB BROWSER http-//abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/abc11_investigates&id=6811236
If you would prefer I can send a typed transcript (word for word) of this News Broadcast?
I WILL NOT ALLOW MY WIFE AND KIDS LIFE TO BE PUT IN DANGER, BY LETTING THEM RIDE IN THIS VEHICLE
THIS VEHICLE IS UNSAFE AND SHOULD BE RECALLED
THE LINK I AM ATTACHING SHOWS A NEWS BROADCAST IN RALEIGH NC. ON CHANNEL 11 NEWS !!!!! INVOLVING NUMBER 12 ISSUE ON MY LONG LIST BELOW WITH THE CHEVY HHR STALLING WHILE DRIVING.....
I purchased a 2006 chevy HHR LT, in 2007. Since i have purchased this vehicle the following issues have occurred.
Mileage on car 33,346
1) The key locked up in ignition..9/06/07
2) Shifter froze up and would not come out of park. . 9/06/07
3) Headliner Trim – Energy Absorption Capability
4) Front end and whole car started to shake when applying break..9/06/07
Dealer turned rotors( but did not fix issue)
5) Replaced driver side running board..9/06/07
6) Got in vehicle one morning tried to take kids to school, vehicle would not go over 15 mph, had towed back to Lawson Chevrolet.
working on getting date/mileage..This issue occurred twice before being resolved.
7) Front end still shaking so I purchased new rotors and brakes...installed...still shakes whole car.
8) Replaced headlight six times over a 1 year period....crazy.
9) Driving vehicle one morning, vehicle suddenly stalls(quits running) restart drive a little ways, stalls again. Have towed to dealer they tell me AC compressor locked up. Causing belt drive to lock up. Also replace belt...of course.
10) Driving down road and both front wheel bearing are locked up...need to replace
11) Now once again driving car hit brakes car starts to shake..getting worse over time of course
12) Vehicle stalls( quits running) when I hit the brakes or drive up hill or down hill or hit a bump......very unsafe
take to dealer...for a fee of course...they tell me now ....well i will list below..
13) Throttle body assembly needs to be replaced...to the tune of...$392.45..plus tax
14) Need to replace rotors and brakes again.. to the tune of..$399.50.. plus tax
15) Need to replace steering column est.. to the tune of..$745.63..plus tax
16) Need to replace sway bar links..to the tune of..$147.66..plus tax
17) Need to replace sway bar bushings est..to the tune of..$87.40..plus tax
18) Need to replace steering shaft to the tune of..$271.90..plus tax
19) Need to replace front struts
20) Need to replace bearing plates
21) Need to replace lower control arms
22) Need to replace rear shocks
#24 of 24 Re: HHR 2007 Lemon [ksad0372]
May 14, 2013 (9:24 am)
We have a Chevy HHR 06, that has been in the shop for MULTIPLE problems.
The power steering motor had to be repleaced twice, this is what they told us was the cause of the engine just shutting off... The car is back at the dealer, as it shuts off at any given moment while driving and they want us to pay for a new motor and crank shaft. I am waiting for a call back from GM, I am asking that THEY pay for the repair. My daughter and grandson, are the primary users of this car, do they need to die before GM does the right thing?