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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,169 miles

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2006 Chevrolet HHR drivetrain problems

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2006 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #44

Nov 092015


  • 147,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact indicated that there had been no failures with the vehicle until the manufacturer had the dealer complete a manufacturer recall repair for the ignition switch. The repair caused several failures and did not provide a permanent repair solution. Within weeks of the dealer's repair, the key was difficult to remove from the ignition switch and the contact had to constantly maneuver the gear shift, which had also been an issue. In addition, the speedometer failed to provide a reading and the instrument cluster gauges failed to fully function after the repair. The contact was unable to determine what the solution would be to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified. The NHTSA campaign number was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 147,000.

- Medford, NY, USA

problem #43

May 062015


  • 181,732 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The vehicle jerked whenever the contact shifted gears. The failure occurred whether the vehicle were in drive, neutral, or reverse. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V171000 (electrical system). The contact adhered to the recall; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 181,732.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #42

Oct 042014


  • 169,350 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving approximately 7 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and failed to respond. The contact mentioned that the vehicle jerked forward and stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 169,350.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #41

Jun 202014


  • 160,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled and was not able to restart. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who reprogrammed the computer, provided the contact with a new set of keys, and repaired the vehicle according to NHTSA campaign number: 14E021000 (electrical system). The failure recurred and the key remained stuck in the ignition. The vehicle also failed to shift out of park, the steering wheel was difficult to maneuver, and the power steering warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering motor, the gear box, and shifter needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- South Bay, FL, USA

problem #40

Aug 172014


  • 144,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the gear shift failed to lock in the park position. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the gear shift needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 144,000.

- Anderson, IN, USA

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problem #39

Jun 182014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. After the contact returned to the vehicle shortly after it had been parked, she found it had rolled away three houses downhill. The vehicle had driven over a curb, sideswiped a tree, and crashed into cinder blocks. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and repaired. The cause of the failure was unknown. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 115,000. Updated 8/28/14 the consumer stated the dealer advised that the cover interlock was removed. The shifter did not lock into gear. The lock was missing. The consumer was not given any paperwork to explain the issues. The consumer was advised by multiple mechanics the vehicle would not drive with these defects. Updated 11/25/2014

- Johnstown, CO, USA

problem #38

Jun 242013


  • 132,441 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the key seized in the ignition and the vehicle failed to shift to park. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the ignition switch cylinder was replaced along with the battery. The manufacturer was contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 132,441.

- Quincy, FL, USA

problem #37

Aug 192013


  • 67,144 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the gears were able to be changed without using the button. The vehicle has not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 67,144.

- Fort Washington, MD, USA

problem #36

Jan 012007

HHR 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
Good day. I'll keep this brief. To be clear, I went to the dealer (autonation usa) with the recall issue shortly after it occurred the first time, and a couple of other times after that. I was told that I was too short, fat, and my knee was knocking the key out of the ignition. My key never fell out of the ignition, but the car did shut off, losing control of all electrical systems while at 70+ mph. Secondly, I have gone in to the dealer for my transmission as well. The car began to slightly jerk at around 60K miles. I was told they didn't notice anything, however, they never checked the transmission, and I was told they could do nothing. When the matter got really bad, the mileage was over 100K, and out of warranty. I have brought it to their attention that I attempted to clear this up prior, and was told they would have to treat it as a new issue. I'll make it easy. When I have had the ignition issues nearly kill my family and myself on more than 30 occurrences, the dealer fixing a small, inexpensive item, because they have been exposed, does little to quell the anger I have regarding the various other issues I have regarding warranty maintenance they could have completed while under warranty, and instead chose to belittle me and now wish to charge me obscene amounts of money to repair. GM should offer to complete the maintenance at no cost considering I have gone to them prior to the close of the warranty and was ridiculed and further, made to have my family's life in danger 30-40 times so they could save some money. Further, I understand it is not legally required for them to do anything, however, doing the right thing goes a long way. I have spoken to GM about the issues a couple of times now only just simply be told they were sorry and I should have the situation diagnosed (needlessly). This is the first I've heard of this website so I'm trying now. Thanks.

- Commerce City, CO, USA

problem #35

Apr 012014

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Chevrolet HHR. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall notice. The consumer stated the steering wheel and front end were shaking, and there was a noise coming from the vehicle. The technician found a worn out bearing, the steering shaft had an internal failure and the sway bar links were worn. The steering column, intermediate shaft and sway bar links were replaced. Also, it was difficult to shift out of park at times. It was determined a liquid had been spilled in the shifter. Also, the consumer was unable to remove the key from the ignition.

- Macon, MS, USA

problem #34

Dec 182013


  • 97,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the gear lever failed to shift from park or into any gear until after numerous attempts. Additionally, the vehicle would jerk and surge once the gear shift was moved out of the park position. The failure was not diagnosed nor was the vehicle repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 97,000.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #33

Sep 162009

HHR 4-cyl

  • 33,568 miles
Left front drive shaft failed while parked in my garage. Car would not move, had to be towed to dealer for warranty repair. This is the first of two drive shaft failures on this HHR. Attention !!! please pay attention to this very dangerous issue !!!

- Fridley, MN, USA

problem #32

Nov 012010

HHR 4-cyl

  • 43,163 miles
Right front drive shaft failed while stopped at a red light. Vehicle unable to move. Very dangerous !!!

- Fridley, MN, USA

problem #31

Jan 012014


  • 117,130 miles
Can shift with out pushing brake or shift bottom, also key get stuck in on position when in park. Have not fixed it yet due to the cost of the park and labor. Have looked on line and a lot of other HHR owners are having the same problem. Also brake fluid warring come on but fluid is full.

- Grand Forks, ND, USA

problem #30

Jun 132007


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the gear shifter could not be engaged into any gear. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who replaced the gear shifter. Additionally, the contact stated that the front tires were wearing prematurely. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the front end was rebuilt. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 32,000.

- Jacksboro, TN, USA

problem #29

Oct 072011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Gear shifter pin broke & now won't lock in gear. The key cannot be removed except by removing a cap on the steering column & pressing a release button. Defective gear shifter pin. ------------------------------------- I went home & tried to take my key out but it would not release so since the car would not turn completely off the battery died. I found out on the internet that this has happened to thousands of people. I found out how to remove the plug on the steering column to press the release to take out the key. The gear shifter will not lock so it is easy for it to slip into neutral or out of park & roll away. I don't have the $500 they said it will take to fix it so I have to live with it. I always have to make sure to lock my emergency brake & have to hit the release to take my key out. This is dangerous & so wrong of GM not to recall this when so many have had this problem. This is their defect & not the customers.

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #28

Dec 312013


  • 123,500 miles
Key got stuck in ignition. This apparently is a common known issue with this vehicle. They did a recall but only on the 2009 models. The gear shift assembly goes bad and there is a plastic piece that breaks causing the key to get stuck. I had to go into the steering column to manually release the key. The gear shift also will go into any position without having to press the button, which is a huge safety issue since it can be put into reverse while driving, etc. Tried to take it in to get fixed but will cost about $300. This should have been a recall since it has been an issue with all the early HHR models, not just the 2009.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #27

Feb 132007

HHR 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
I have a 2006 Chevy HHR, I love it but, it has issues 1st I bought it used 15,000 miles. Since then I have had 1. the rear logo replaced 4 times, then, 2.the key get stuck when I turn off the car so I used the plunger and 3. the gear shift moves when the car is off or on. Now, 4. the key won't turn to start the car I have to jiggle it till it works. 5. my power steering goes out randomly, while driving it so I can't turn the 6.-,7.-, and 8.3 recalls, then, 9. the wheels shakes at 60 mph, I have 10. And 11. Replaced both front door handles with in 2 weeks 12. I hear a loud crackling or static sound from my speakers and the radio is off. Oh and 13. My check engine light won't go off plus 14. Every time I have to change the battery I have to get my remote reprogrammed for the auto start... it came with the car. What is going on? there are 14 issues some safety and some cosmetic but, clearly an issue I am only making my voice heard because I just started researching my car. I am a single mother I can't afford to fix the major ignition or gear shift, transmission and electrical car shaking these have been reported in a lot of Hhrs. Please help.

- San Antonio , TX, USA

problem #26

Nov 082013


  • 90,100 miles
When starting from a stopped position in a signal controlled left turn lane, the clutch was depressed as usual. This time it made a popping noise and the pedal went to the floor, rendering the car inoperable. The driver was left stranded in the middle of a roadway. Fortunately, this happened in a light traffic area, but could have easily occurred on the freeway or when attempting to pass another vehicle. The mechanic found the clutch master cylinder had broken out of the firewall and repaired it as best he could without pulling the engine. He stated that he discovered some reports of Chevrolet having similar issues in this and other products; however, the dealer where we purchased the vehicle had no knowledge.

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #25

Apr 102013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
My 2006 HHR has had to have the front and rear end struts replaced and now, the power steering motor and drive shaft. The vehicle only has 80K miles on it. I don't drive it that much so it shouldn't be having all of these issues. Why hasn't GM issued a recall on this vehicle for all the problems it has? I've read countless similar stories on the internet. This vehicle needs to be recalled to address these issues.

- Van Nuys, CA, USA

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