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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,456 miles

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2006 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #16

Mar 202012

HHR

  • 88,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the the front driver's side interior door handle fractured. The same failure occurred on the front passenger's side door one year prior to the recent failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that the door handles needed to be replaced, but the parts were on a national back order. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure and current mileages were 88,000.

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #15

Sep 212011

HHR

  • 79,000 miles
After getting home one day I went to open the drivers side door and the part of the door handle that attached to the wire that works to open the door broke. The door will no longer open from the inside. I must roll down my window and reach outside to use the outer handle. I was told that the cost to repair the handle is $400, this seems to be because entire door frame need to be replaced. Apparently this is not an isolated issue, and I personally find that something as important and as necessary as the means to get out of the car could be so poorly constructed.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #14

Jan 102013

HHR

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the front driver side door failed to open and the contact was forced to enter and exit the vehicle through the front passenger side door. The vehicle was not taken to a mechanic. The manufacturer was notified and informed the contact that there was no recall for the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 80,000.

- Clinton, TN, USA

problem #13

Nov 092011

HHR

  • 45,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. While parked, the contact attempted to exit the vehicle when the driver's side door handle fractured and became detached from the vehicle. Several weeks later, the failure occurred on the passenger's side door handle as well. The contact stated that months later she experienced issues with the key becoming stuck in the ignition while the vehicle was powered on and off. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000 and the current mileage was 75,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Orlando , FL, USA

problem #12

Jul 142011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
Whenever it rains the passenger side leaks from the counsel the carpet always gets soaked... a lot of people have this problem... another known issue is the cam position sensor a lot of people have this problem now having issues with the bearings in my front wheels which seems to be another known issue others are having as well.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

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problem #11

Jan 192011

HHR

  • 39,800 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. While parked, the contact attempted to open the front driver's side when the interior door handle fractured. The contact was able to open the door by using the exterior door handle after opening the window. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the technicians advised the contact that the door panel would have to be replaced. The failure recurred after the repair. The vehicle was repaired a second time. The approximate failure mileage was 39,800.

- Thousand Palms, CA, USA

problem #10

Mar 012007

HHR

  • 46,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact was exciting the vehicle when the interior driver's side door handle detached. The contact also stated that on a separate occasion while driving 40 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated. In addition, the front end of the vehicle would shake abnormally when the brakes were depressed. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who confirmed that inside door assembly failed and needed to be replaced along with both side front rotors. The manufacturer was contacted and confirmed to the contact that the VIN did not qualify for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 08V046000 (air bags). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 46,000 and the current mileage was 89,000.

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #9

Sep 272011

HHR

  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the driver side interior door handle fractured and the contact had to open the door from the exterior door handle. The contact did not take the vehicle to the dealer for diagnosis or repairs. The contact stated the entire driver side door panel needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 69,000.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #8

Jul 122011

HHR

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the driver side plastic door handle fractured. As a result, the contact was unable to open the door. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that the entire door panel would need replacing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who offered to cover 25 percent of the repair costs. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 80,000.

- Newport Beach , CA, USA

problem #7

Aug 142011

HHR

  • miles
I am the second owner of a 2006 Chevy HHR. Current mileage is approximately 45500. Three weeks ago ( 8/14/'11)the inside driver's side front door handle broke. When I went to repair the broken handle, I was advised that it is an integral part of the door panel, and would cost over $400 to replace. I am not in a position to replace such an expensive item; I can live with rolling the window down and opening the door from the outside. Not only is this inconvenient, but it is a safety hazard due to a design flaw. If I need to exit the vehicle in a hurry, I cannot do so.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #6

Jun 162011

HHR

  • 25,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. While attempting to exit the vehicle, the contact stated that the door handle fractured and he was unable to exit from the vehicle. He stuck his hand through the window and opened the door from the outside. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they inspected the vehicle and informed the contact that he would need to replace the entire door panel. The manufacturer was not notified nor was the vehicle repaired. The current and failure mileages were 25,000.

- York, PA, USA

problem #5

Jun 012009

HHR

  • miles
The car has several safety issues. The main concern is that both of the front doors had the handles break off. You cannot open the doors from the inside. You must roll down the window and open from the outside. If the vehicle were involved in an accident or caught on fire and there was no power to the vehicle you are literally trapped inside. I have brought this to the attention of Chevrolet but they have failed to do anything.I feel like the vehicle is a rolling death trap. The other concern is that the power steering went out on the vehicle. Chevrolet does not make it a recall yet you can be driving along and all of a sudden your power steering goes out. The part is the same as the Chevrolet cobalt and Chevrolet did a recall on that vehicle for the very same power steering part.

- Land O Lakes, FL, USA

problem #4

May 202009

HHR

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. While the vehicle was parked the contact attempted to open the front drivers side door and the door handle fractured and fell off of the vehicle from the interior. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop where the entire door panel was replaced because the parts for the door handle were not sold separately. Approximately 18 months later the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 35,000 and the current mileage was 95,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #3

Feb 272006

HHR

  • miles
Everytime it rains the passenger side floor board gets wet. I have replace my carpet once and tried to find the leak to no avail.

- Malibu , CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 012009

HHR

  • 52,000 miles
I own a 2006 Chevy HHR LT2, it has approx. 52K miles, and a rattle, vibration in the steering column has been occurring at speeds below 45mph. Also, the driver side floor is continuing to flood with water, and the heater/ac blower has failed or shorted out. Lastly, I have had the brake rotors worked on 4 times by Chevy, and they are now once again in need of repair. I recently took my vehicle back to the dealer for the rattle in the steering and the water leak. I found numerous tsb articles for the issues, but the dealer and GM are claiming the tsbs do not exist. The repairs will total more than $1100. I was told the bushings, and tension rods are the problem with my steering, and they would need to be replaced. At 52K miles I find it hard to believe these items would fail.. my major concern is my safety related to the steering as well as any possible electrical issue stemming from the water leak.. I do not understand why GM has not issued a recall for the steering issue as well as for the brake rotors. If you go to any vehicle complaint web site for the HHR you will see 100's of postings related to bad brakes. There are also similar complaints pertaining to the steering. The dealership refused to honor or compromise with regards to performing the repairs for free or for a reduced fee. I contacted GM corporate and filed a complaint. I was told the GM district manager would contact me. I am still waiting.

- Hopewell, NJ, USA

problem #1

May 072007

HHR

  • 20,000 miles
We have several defects. After normal braking a couple of times the car and steering wheel begins to shake and shimmy. The more you use the brakes after this starts the more violent the shimmy becomes until we have to stop and let the brakes cool down. The dealership replaced the rotors once but could offer no explanation. We continue to be plagued by this problem but now my extended warranty does not cover brakes and no one knows or owns up to what the problem is. The other issue we have is the exhaust, specifically the header pipe attached to the catalytic converter which cracked at the flex joint. This started back when we first experienced the brake problems, we complained to the service writer that there was a funny smell after driving it for a while, he looked at it when it was up on the rack and said there wasn't anything wrong, as it turned out the smell continued getting worse with time until the exhaust noise became loud enough to identify and the fumes were making us nauseous and giving us headaches. The moon roof started to fall apart so now we are unable to use that, the radio makes a loud popping noise, loud enough to hurt your ears, this was also waved off by the dealership as nothing. To date nothing has been done about these issues.

- Merced , CA, USA

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