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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,411 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2007 Chevrolet HHR steering problems

steering problem

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2007 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments

problem #5

May 212014


  • 56,806 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while the vehicle was in reverse, the power steering light illuminated and the steering wheel was difficult to turn. The contact mentioned that the power steering light turned off once the vehicle was restarted. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed the power steering column and power steering motor were faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 56,806 and the current mileage was 56,859.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #4

May 012014


  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated while driving 70 mph, the power steering warning lamp illuminated and the steering wheel became very hard to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the technician diagnosed that the power steering motor and steering column needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 13,000. The current mileage was 15,000.

- Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

problem #3

Aug 262010

HHR 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that rattling noises could be heard coming from the steering column while driving at any speed. The vehicle was also difficult to steer. It was taken to an authorized dealer where the steering column was repaired. This was the second time the vehicle has been repaired for this failure. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the current mileage was 56,436. Updated 12/01/10. Updated 12/07/10

- Minerva, OH, USA

problem #2

Feb 282008

HHR 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
Knocking or banging noise in front end of vehicle. Dealer cannot find anything wrong. Yet problem persist.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #1

Oct 192006

HHR 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 249 miles
Purchased 2007 HHR new in October 2006. With only 249 miles on the car, I returned to the dealer and reported a loud banging noise from the drivers side front end. The could not verify the noise. Since then they replaced two shift assemblies, one steering column and in November 2007 they replaced the drivers side front strut. The banging noise was still there. Now they think it may be the chassis tweaking, but still cannot find or fix the the rattling noise. Also the transmission makes a clunking noise and the car surges when starting it while still in park. The say this is normal. My car has been in courtesy Chevrolet's shop for moore than 30 days since I purchased it. I do not drive it anymore as I believe it is unsafe, and a lemon. The car now has less than 15,000 miles. The car was taken to their shop on 10/19/06, 1/08/07, 7/19/07, 10/27/07, 10/22/07 and 11/13/07.

- Mariposa, CA, USA

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