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#12 of 32 Re: 2006 HHR Sunroof [dturman]
Jun 21, 2011 (6:32 am)
Sorry, I did not see your comment. It was the most problematic car we had ever owned too. We also have a 2009 Chevrolet Impala that continues to have issues. Gear shift stuck and we had to have it towed and fixed. Now the air conditioner is making a noise. We are very disappointed in the Chevrolet products. I am pretty comfortable in statng that I will not buy Chevrolet again. I recently talked both my son and daughters out of buying new Chevrolet products.
Sorry about all the problems you have had with yours. What about the power steering? Did it go out?
#13 of 32 Re: 2006 HHR Sunroof [dchavis]
Jun 22, 2011 (3:36 am)
I bought my first car in 1975 (a 1973 used Dodge Dart Swinger) not bad for my 1rst car but a bit of problems. Then the others where all bought new.
A 1977 Chevrolet Malibu Classic, (very good) --- 1984 Chevrolet Blazer (s-10), (excellent) --- 1991 GMC Safari (a lemon), --- 1994 Chevrolet Blazer (s-10), (the best of all) --- 1999 Chevrolet Venture, (extremely good) --- 2005 Chevrolet Equinox (1rst year production= real lemon) and now...2010 Chevrolet HHR 2LT (very good and probably the best so far) and my next will probably a GM product again.
I'm not the type of guy that throws out a basket of apples because 1 of them was rotten...I get rid of the bad one and eat the rest.
#14 of 32 Re: 2006 HHR Sunroof [dchavis]
Jun 22, 2011 (5:41 am)
Thankfully, the power steering has not gone out! But, I've had enough problems out of the check engine light, traction control and brakes to last a lifetime. And now the sunroof ! According to CarFax the shifter was replaced prior to my ownership, along with a door handle.
Oct 25, 2011 (4:03 pm)
In 5 years my 2006 HHR has been in the shop 16 times. Seven times to repair recurring water leaks. Four times to replace brake pads/machine rotors. Three times for sway bar links replacement/repair. Steering shaft replaced. Also broken power window, broken dome light, trim falling off, check engine light unresolved, power steering light unresolved, two signal flashers broken, speakers blown, and rear hatch repaired. The array of noises this car has made is astonishing - ticking, clunking, humming, whining, thumping, and creaking.
The latest humming/roaring noise was explained by my dealer as bad tires. I got new tires and the noise remains. Bad front wheel bearings diagnosed today at 64,000 miles. No warrantee and I'm out about $900 this time. I am so disappointed with this vehicle and for buying American made - had Toyotas all my life and never had problems like this.
#16 of 32 Re: 2006 HHR woes [petalpusher]
Oct 27, 2011 (3:27 am)
How many miles did you HHR had when you started to have problems? (1rst time in the shop).
Did you buy it "new" or "used"?
If "used", how many miles had the other owner put on?
Mine is a 2010 2LT and I'm very satisfied with it, never went in the shop once (other than oil changes). Did long 2 trips with it.
1- Ottawa Ont. to Victoria B.C. and back. (10,000 kms / 6,000 miles).
2- Ottawa Ont. to Fort-Lauderdale Fla. and back (5,330 kms / 3,312 miles)
+ my city commute around town.
Highway driving...70-75 m/p/h.
Best vehicle in all my 35 yrs of driving and between my 8 vehicles that I've owned.
Considering buying a new one in 4 yrs. (trade my 2010 for a 2015 HHR)
#17 of 32 Re: 2006 HHR woes [petalpusher]
Oct 27, 2011 (12:05 pm)
I apologize for your frustrations. Thank you for taking your time to explain your concerns. Can you please email me with your VIN, current mileage, involved dealer, complete contact information, and a description of your concerns and experience? I look forward to hearing from you.
GM Customer Service
#18 of 32 Wheel Bearings
Dec 12, 2011 (3:18 pm)
My 2008 HHR has been making a terrible humming sound, I found out today that the wheel bearings are going bad and need to be replaced. It's going to cost about 300 dollars. I looked up my Powertrain warranty because supposedly I'm still covered, and "wheel bearings" are excluded!!! I don't think I'll buy another Chevy car again.
#19 of 32 Re: Wheel Bearings [kelly2565]
Dec 13, 2011 (10:30 am)
Woa! You are fast.
Ready to put Chevrolet aside because of a 300$ repair cost?
Do you really think other cars will be unbreakable and free of repairs?
My advice...go back to peddling a bicycle or roll on a skateboard if you don't want to spend to much on maintenance.
My HHR is a 2010 2LT and my plan was to trade it in 2 or 3 years from now for a new 2014/15 model, but unfortunatly they are so good and well built that G.M. stopped the production.
The last models are the 2011.
P.S. Maybe you should consider a "skateboard" because last year it cost me 347.89$ to get my bicycle fixed.
#20 of 32 2007 HHR
Jun 16, 2012 (8:52 am)
My 2007 HHR has under 30,000 kms and I have had the brakes rotated once (done under warranty) already and they'll need to be fully replaced now. For a car with so few miles on it, I find this unacceptable. In my review on Edmunds, I suggest that HHR owners replace their GM brakes with after market ones.
Also, my front end is making a knocking noise, which is an upper control arm or some other part that seems to be a problem for many HHR owners. This car's fit and finish leave a lot to be desired, especially when I consider how much I paid for it (an LT2).
On HHR owner message boards, I find HHR owners suggesting replacing Chevrolet parts with after market ones to be the norm. It's disappointing when the car would be "so much better if not for factory parts." That said, I'm not sure the cheap plastic that is all over this car can be so easily fixed. It's shameful that for the money, I could have had a Honda Civic, which is a much better car.
#21 of 32 Re: 2007 HHR [kenmo6]
Jun 17, 2012 (3:44 am)
Mine is a 2010 2LT and it just turned up with 34,000 kms. I didn't have to change a single thing on...not even a screw.
I received a recall letter to get the "Ignition Lock Cylinder" changed but I don't have any problem with that either. So why bother?
In all my 37 yrs of driving experiences and my 9 vehicles (1 Dodge + 8 G.M. products) this HHR is the best, the most fun to drive, the most economical, the most convenient, and the most reliable one of them all.
I was so disappointed when I knew that the HHR's last year of production was 2011 because I was planning to trade my 2010 for a 2015 because they're so good. Like they say; "Every good thing must come to an end" and the HHR did.
You should trade-in your HHR today for a Honda Civic before it runs out on you, better late than never.