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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2006 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #7

Jun 132008


  • miles


Drivers side door handle broke off when getting out of vehicle. Dealer will not repair unless I pay for the repair. This is a safety hazard because you cannot exit the vehicle unless you let the window down.

- Severn, MD, USA

problem #6

Oct 152009


  • 50,959 miles
Front passenger door on 2006 Chevrolet HHR will not open from inside or outside. Front drivers side door does same sporadically. No damage to doors from physical damage, they just stopped working.

- North Pole, AK, USA

problem #5

Jul 312009

(reported on)


  • miles
2006 Chevrolet HHR inside driver's door handle broke off. The consumer was informed he could not purchase just the door handle, but he would have to purchase the entire door panel. The consumer stated the door handle was made of plastic.

- Haltom City, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 112009


  • 35,850 miles


Yesterday when I got home I discovered that I could not get out of my driver's door from the inside. The inside handle broke, so I rolled down the window and used the outside handle to open the door. Today I tried to get a new door handle only to find out that you have to purchase the whole door panel ($269.71 with my trade discount). This is a crazy way to repair a cheap plastic door handle. I have searched the internet only to learn that this is a problem to many other HHR vehicles. I believe this should be a recall with a better design included for this door handle. The last recall I got was for a glove box catch problem, which was a piece of molded plastic with tape to hold it on. The driver's side door problem is a much more dangerous problem.

- Muskogee, OK, USA

problem #3

Apr 012008


  • miles
2006 Chevy HHR broken inside drivers door handle. Consumer states that she must roll down the window and use the outside handle to exit the vehicle. The consumer also stated the power steering failed and a fuse burned out.

- Columbus, OH, USA

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problem #2

Dec 202007

HHR 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,485 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The driver side front interior door handle failed. The window was rolled down and the door had to be opened from the outside. The dealer stated that in order to replace the handle, the contact would need to purchase a new interior door frame. The cause of the failure was unknown. There were no prior failures with the door or handle. The current and failure mileages were 36,485. Updated 01/17/08 updated 01/17/08

- Michigan City, IN, USA

problem #1

Feb 242007

HHR 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,600 miles
Last night, it was a bit windy here in New York city. The weather report said that the wind was about 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Well, I had made a few stops on my way home from work, but when I got home, I opened the door, and as is started to open, the wind pulled the door out of my hand, and things happened so fast... I heard a bang, and the door flew open... I'd say... almost 180 degrees, which sounds impossible. The door then came back and stayed open about 16 to 18 inches. I could not close the door. I pulled and pulled, and it closed. Now, it only opens 16 to 18 inches, and I have to squeeze out. The car has damage to the left front quarter panel and the door. And, I don't know how badly the internal parts of the door are. The quarter panel is sticking out about 4 inches, and the door is rubbing against it very hard, which is why I can only open the door a little bit. I'm not an expert on assessing damage, but I did call my insurance company this evening to file a claim. (my guess is that I'm looking at almost $2,000 in damage... but I'll post an update when I get the 'estimate'). I told the insurance company that the door hinges must have been defective, or loose, or something. And when you look at the car, its just one of those things that you have to see it, to believe it. It is obvious that I didn't hit anything, and nothing hit me. When you see it, all you'll be able to say is "how could that have happened"" has anybody had anything remotely similar to this" I want to know if the vehicle is poorly constructed, or if the door hinges are inferior, weak, bad, loose, or whatever!

- Flushing, NY, USA

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