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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,135 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2006 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #5

Oct 052008


  • 60,000 miles


I need your help, 1st, computer broke, then 2nd gear shift, then 3rd sunroof, then 4th back door won't open-son can't get out, then 5th power steering, tried to replace power steering with a used one that we could afford, , now car is locked and won't crank, did what mechanic said to reprogram and it still doesn't work, GM replaced 1st computer, I paid for gears, tried to get GM to fix electric steering, said they would buy parts but not labor >1000, right before we tried to replace the power steering the crank started hanging, 06 Chevrolet HHR-no car, help, its so broke, hurt myself trying to drive it, and have been trying to get fixed for over 2 months, its a bomb, now I have no car to drive. GM states its over mileage, thought I bought all warranties, dealer went out of business, palm bay Chevrolet, fl, I need some help, multiple times have all but crashed related to can't hardly steer it, turn it, I think I've broke my shoulder with this thing. Now I catch a ride with 4 years to pay left on this car, help! its a hazard, I don't have goliaths strength any more!

- Cocoa, FL, USA

problem #4

Oct 122008


  • 45 miles
Transmission would not lock when put in park and could not get key out of ignition. Left car in garage overnight and next morning battery was dead. Had to jump start car and drove it to GM dealer. Service tech said shifter needed to be replaced and that he had seen this happen before. Tech said GM had redesigned the shifter because of this problem. A few hours and $241 later, car was repaired and back on the road.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 012006


  • 52,000 miles
2006 Chevy HHR, key would not turn off in ignition switch. Read owners book found little doorway to open with button to bypass parking switch. Book said low voltage, checked voltage was fine, but could wiggle gear shift and key would turn off. Now button on gearshift stays in and even with key out of ignition if you bump the gearshift it falls out of park. Not a real safe feature with remote starting. Have contacted Chevrolet and they say they are not aware of this safety problem. But is rampant on the internet, and my personal dealer said they have had to fix a lot of HHR's and cobalt gearshifts. So many in fact that they have made a new and improved part because of the original failing multiple times. That is fine for the vehicles in warranty, but the other thousands upon thousands of ones they wont fix because they said there is no recall as of now. This is about like the Ford of the seventies. I am afraid someone will be injured before it is resolved.

- Harrison, TN, USA

problem #2

Aug 102008


  • 49,252 miles
Placed vehicle in park and the key would not turn all the way off and you could not remove the key. It happened twice and I took it to the dealer and they replaced the shifter. They stated that they have had several complaints from other owners of Hhrs and colbalts with the same problem.

- Roanoke Rapids, NC, USA

problem #1

Mar 102008

HHR 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact could not remove the key from the ignition. She stated that the vehicle did not seem to properly shift into park. The vehicle has not been to the dealer or repaired. The VIN and engine size were unknown. The current mileage was 32,000 and failure mileage was 31,000.

- Columbus, OH, USA

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