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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 4
Average Mileage:
57,065 miles

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2006 Chevrolet HHR electrical problems

electrical problem

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2006 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 1 of 9)

problem #171

Oct 202016

HHR 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles

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

Driving at 70 mph on freeway and suddenly "engine power reduced" warning comes on display and I can't accelerate. The engine cut off. On the freeway. This is not safe (obviously) and I don't see myself buying another Chevy again. I have a family and this problem could kill us all.

- Granada Hills, CA, USA

problem #170

Aug 122016

HHR

  • 119,985 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. While driving 80 mph, the vehicle lost power and stalled without warning. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was previously serviced for NHTSA campaign number: 14V632000 (electrical system); however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 119,985.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #169

Jun 012016

HHR

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. While driving unknown speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was repaired per NHTSA campaign number: 14V171000 (electrical system); however, the failure recurred several times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #168

Jul 052016

HHR

  • 100,000 miles

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

2006 Chevy HHR is having electrical issues. The eps was replaced and now when I am drive the insrument panel needles move back and forth, power steering and other indicators light up and car cuts off. Had several tune-ups and the problem is happening.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #167

Nov 092015

HHR

  • 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 #166

Feb 232016

HHR

  • 24,400 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the vehicle caught fire while the contact and her sister were in the vehicle. The contact stated that the fire affected the engine compartment and was extinguished by pedestrians. A fire report was not filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where the failure was not determined. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was approximately 24,400.

- Hilo, HI, USA

problem #165

Feb 242016

HHR 4-cyl

  • 175,000 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 front driver and passenger side door handles fractured. The failure happened without warning. The contact was unable to exit the vehicle. The battery also failed and prevented the driver and passenger side windows from being used. The vehicle was diagnosed and the door handles were replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 175,000.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #164

Feb 092016

HHR

  • 125,000 miles
My car was involved in the ignition recall...took it in had it all fixed. Now that same switch has gone faulty again. The car will not turn over. Acts just like the starter is going out, it slow to start and gets worse and worse till it will no longer start. I have had the battery replaced and starter(due to that seemed to be the issue. After digging deeper into the diagnostic code I have discovered that switch keeps coming up as an issue.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #163

Jun 012013

HHR

  • 88,000 miles
After abiding by the recall to change the ignition switch, the car starts freaking out randomly. The dash lights start going on and off. Loose power steering, power brakes and the car just stops. You can be going 70 miles an hour down the highway and the car just gives out. The dealership refuses to fix it unless I am willing to pay all the fees. I had a second dealership replace some fuses but after 2 days it started doing it again. After the first episodes, I called and opened a ticket with Chevrolet, but because the dealership I used didn't want to mess with the car any more they were not very helpful. Now I am driving a death trap because I can't afford a new car and I won't let my children drive or be in the car.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #162

Jan 142016

HHR

  • 160,000 miles
Turn ignition switch off while car out of gear causing it to roll freely.

- West Columbia, SC, USA

problem #161

Apr 282014

HHR

  • 101,271 miles

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

There was a recall for the ignition on the HHR, I had the ignition changed but on the way home the locks unlocked and locked several times, then the cruse kicked off, the radio stopped working, the lights on the instrument cluster went off and on, and the motor stopped. I have contacted GM several times but they say the ignition change had nothing to do with it. This has happened several times since and also had to remove the fuse for the radio, because it would run the battery down. This has happened several times when we have driven it over the last couple of years. I former mechanic that worked for a GM dealer said that there is a electrical unit that the ignition controlled and that with the problem with the ignition caused the problem with the electrical unit. We do not drive the vehicle much because it doesn't feel safe driving it, nor would we sell it, because of the problems.

- Onawa, IA, USA

problem #160

Dec 252015

HHR

  • 135,000 miles
I was driving to my family's home on christmas, when my car suddenly began to smell like burnt rubber inside of the car. It was raining on that day. Suddenly the cars ac, or H vac did not work anymore. Upon googling things of what it could be, I found out that the resistor and blower motor had been burnt do to be allowing water to enter the blower motor panel from the outside of the car. Upon looking at my blower motor and resistor I found evident burn marks on them. GM should investigate how rainwater can enter the cars blower motor causing a burning smell in a inhalation of fumes of burning plastic. Not to mention my ability not to see out of the window due to the defrost not working. This is a safety concern!!

- Alcoa, TN, USA

problem #159

Aug 252015

HHR

  • 148,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V171000 (electrical system). While driving approximately 40 mph the vehicle stalled after the engine power greatly reduced and engine disabled warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle did restart; however, the failure recurred every 20 minutes on several occasions. The vehicle would restart after approximately 10 minutes. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and informed the contact that the recall repair was guaranteed for one year. The approximate failure mileage was 148,000.

- Taunton, MA, USA

problem #158

Jun 102015

HHR

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the engine was turned off and a chime sounded. The contact then turned on and powered off the vehicle again when the chime suddenly deactivated. The failure recurred whenever the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who informed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. In 2014, the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Belle Glade, FL, USA

problem #157

Aug 272015

HHR

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. While driving approximately 30 mph, the steering wheel seized and excessive force was required to maneuver the vehicle. The power steering assist warning light illuminated. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000. MA 10/26/2015

- Kaukauna, WI, USA

problem #156

Aug 202015

HHR

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 14V171000 (electrical system) was performed; however, the repair did not correct the failure. The vehicle stalled several times. In addition, when the gear was shifted into park, the ignition switch failed to turn to the off position and the key did not release from the ignition switch. The battery was disconnected to be able to shut the engine off. The vehicle was towed to the dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Morrow, GA, USA

problem #155

Mar 242014

HHR

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and stated that the part needed for the repair was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #154

May 062015

HHR

  • 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 #153

Feb 272014

HHR

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14E021000 ( electrical system); however, the part needed to perform the recall repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceed a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Leigh High, FL, USA

problem #152

Jan 212015

HHR 4-cyl

  • 139,000 miles
Was going down the road app 35 mph car suddenly dies stop restarted car and it drove normally, a few days later while using the turn signal switch the dash lights and gauges stop working now we are getting the sound of a electrical popping or snapping in the dash and the dash lights will still intermittently stop working or flashing. All of this after the recall work was done.

- Fayette , AL, USA

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