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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,604 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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2007 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments

problem #16

Jul 082016


  • miles


Power steering suddenly stops working and indicator light on dashboard says power steering- this happens intermittently while driving. Most of the time shutting of the vehicle and then restarting it will get the power steering working again for a short time. After driving the vehicle or allowing it to idle in the driveway then turning it off it will not start again for a minimum of 1 hour. While driving -slowing down to make a left hand turn- the engine has abruptly shut off and not immediately restarted. This is an extremely unsafe vehicle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- East Greenwich, RI, USA

problem #15

Jan 282016


  • 66,516 miles
Getting code poo16

- Dundalk, MD, USA

problem #14

Oct 142015


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 40 mph, the steering wheel seized and the vehicle failed to accelerate. In addition, an unknown warning indicator illuminated. The failure occurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of failure. The failure mileage was 100,000. The VIN was not available.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #13

May 062013


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owned a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. While driving at 45 mph, the engine stalled and caused the contact to crash into the rear end of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained injuries to the back and both legs, which required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact received two notifications for NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V047000 (electrical system) and 14V171000 (electrical system). The contact believed both of these recalls were related to the failure that caused the crash. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Albuquerque , NM, USA

problem #12

Oct 132013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
While traveling on an interstate hwy, at approx, 65 to 70 mph I felt the car pull hard to the right, after going into a spin, it became hard to apply brakes and to try to correct or control the spin, there were vehicles including a semi all around my car. As I slid off the traveled portion of the hwy. My car impacted the wall head on. I was slammed into the dash. A moment later I calmed down and thought to myself why didn't the airbags deploy? I hit the wall at least at 35 mph, then I saw the car was not running, I saw the key had moved to off, I started the car and drove home.

- Tallmadge , OH, USA

problem #11

Mar 032014


  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. After starting the vehicle, the traction service and check engine warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician stated that the vehicle was operating up to standards. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 66,000.

- Lawndale, CA, USA

problem #10

Sep 192014


  • 58,400 miles


Approximately 6 weeks ago, I was driving my Chevrolet HHR 2007, (40 mph), when traction control light came on, and the info showed traction control off, and then service traction, at the same time I could hear and feel the car was shifting hard. It was like kicking. I parked, turned off the car and turned on again, and the light disappear but after few hours, it was there again, shortly after the engine light came on with the info check engine, and stayed on with the traction control light, then this disappear but the engine light stayed. Also the car has made noise since 2008 when my husband bought it.I don't know if both problems are related. On 10/15/14 I went to the dealer because my car has 5 different recalls to fix, and the service traction light was on, they didn't check it, they said if I want them check it, I have to paid for the inspection. Looks Chevrolet it doesn't care about their customers safety!

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #9

Aug 232014


  • 100,000 miles
I had my oil changed before going on vacation. On my way home my car was burning engine light came on.the engine temp did not move or go to hot. My engine blow up. I understand a service bulletin was issued. Something is wrong with the computer.if is had happened in a tunnel or on a bridge, this was going to be a bigger problem.

- Hyattsville, MD, USA

problem #8

Apr 102014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
Waiting 6 weeks for dealer in jacksonville fl. To obtain the parts required to correct the defect. Dealer and GM will not provide a date for when the defect will be corrected.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #7

Mar 162014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 80,370 miles
While driving on a wet road at 30 to 35 miles per hour. The car shuts off when I topped a small hill and I lost all power. No place to pull off the road. I placed the car in park and turn the key to off and restarted. The engine light came on and the message displayed was engine power reduction. I drove 20 to 25 miles per hour to my destination the car would only go 30 miles per hour and the car shifted roughly and jumped. A nice guy there, turned the key to the on position 3 times before the engine light would go off. Called dealership and they said bring it in, I already had the recall letter and ask him if it could be related to the recall (as I am on a fixed income) he said no and it would cost $150 I have not had any other episodes and I hope I don't it was very scary. Glad I was going slow and not a busy road. I had previously removed the key fob and was only using my ignition key as per the recall letter instruction. Waiting for the next letter for the recall and hope the fix prevents it from happening again.

- Sevierville, TN, USA

problem #6

Apr 032014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled and caused the contact to lose control of the vehicle. The contact crashed into the side of the roadway and sustained injuries to the neck and shoulders. The vehicle was towed to the nearest dealer and the manufacture was not notified of the failure. The failure and current mileage was unknown.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #5

Jan 232014


  • 128,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the engine was turned on to allow the vehicle to warm up and after approximately 5 minutes, the vehicle stalled. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified and no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 128,000.

- Louisville , KY, USA

problem #4

Jan 052012

HHR 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the engine stalled and could not be restarted. The failure was recurring. The dealer was unable to diagnose the failure after 24 days and the manufacturer installed a computer board in the vehicle to register any failure codes but to no avail. The failure persisted. The contact later received notification of NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) but the vehicle was not serviced per the recall. The approximate failure mileage was 51,000...updated 04-24-14

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #3

Dec 122013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Intermittently, engine temperature gauge will fail to register any temperature at all. This triggers the service engine soon dash notification. This happens at all speeds, varying times and no pattern.

- Odessa, MO, USA

problem #2

Nov 142011


  • 62,373 miles
My clutch went out and the car stopped working gas I was driving along the highway. It was not during a shift, just acceleration. The clutch did the exact same thing on December 23, 2013 (mileage about 115,000). I have driven manual transmissions previously and have gone well over 100K miles without replacing the clutch and I am now on my 3rd clutch. I know there is a tsb on a possible bad flywheel (which was not replaced either time), but a clutch to go out twice on a car that has seen for the last 55K almost all highway miles indicates there is a problem with the car.

- Hudson, OH, USA

problem #1

Mar 072013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
Engine light comes on and alongwith the traction light took it to dealership stated that spark plugs need to be replace also engine coil had all new spark plugs replace an all new engine coil problem still exit went on Chevy site other owner seem to B'E have this problem another suggest was that the air filter maybe cause probl"em change that out got a code reader done on it nothing seem to show anything wrong however light still on for both problem what can be done to fix problem.

- Deerfield Beach, FL, USA

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