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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,382 miles

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2008 Chevrolet HHR electrical problems

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2008 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #55

May 012014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 111,000 miles

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

Champion Chevrolet -athens al dates and witnesses can be provided 3 times ignition locked 3 times key would not work in the door-locked out one each since the recall ignition was replaced Aug 7th the first ignition lock in April/may was towed to mclanders mcclardy huntsville al -repaired under the first ignition recall- have recall letter and the repair ticket. The ignition housing was busted in that incident and champion discovered it lockouts- I was an hour late for a fasting ultrasound. Late for homecoming at church and food ruined locked in the heat. Twice on ignition stranded late evening in parking lots. Once after back surgery on a walker. I am genuinely concerned for my safety at this point. GM case number is [xxx]. GM insists I pay the $300 for the housing or take it up with mclanders-mccardy"? I have used all my roadside for 2 quarters. GM has not refunded the $50 lockout charge 3 days after the 2nd ignition was replaced. Isn't the ignition housing part of an ignition" today from GM:. I just hung up with the dealership and they mentioned that the ignition switch housing is damaged and that is what is causing the key to hang up. The dealership mentioned that this needs to be replaced in order to prevent your key from getting stuck. Once that is completed they can proceed with diagnosing the cause of the lockout concerns you've experienced. I understand that you said that a previous dealership was the one who worked with the ignition switch housing last. Unfortunately, this is not something we can offer cost assistance for, as it is not an item included in the recall. Since you mentioned it was in mclanders/mccardy's possession when the housing was damaged, I would recommend getting in contact with them to discuss available options. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Athens, AL, USA

problem #54

Aug 012014

HHR

  • 97,500 miles
For the past couple months the power steering has locked up while driving if I shut my car off and turn it back on it will go back to normal, but never know when it will kick out again, the electric is cutting in and out, the lock on drivers side wont work when using key which happens periodically especially when it rains, my automatic start stopped working including my key-less entry will not unlock my doors or lock my doors even though I have changed the battery. I work for the youth service bureau/children's bureau of state of Indiana as a case manager so often I have to Transport clients to destinations, doctors, food pantry etc. I cannot take the chance of being in a wreck with clients, which has all most happened when I took a curve while by myself luckily. When I contacted the Chevy dealer about recalls he stated there was only an ignition switch recall, which I beg to differ I have been on numerous websites where many other HHR owners are complaining about the same thing I am complaining about, I asked the Chevy dealers maintenance guy if I could get a rental while waiting for it to be fixed because of my job, he stated that he had to order the part and then he would call me when it arrived for me to bring my car in and it would take only an hour to two hours to fix, so while we are still waiting now for two weeks I am putting my clients and their children in jeopardy over an issue I am not at fault for, I personally feel that Chevy should cover the cost of a rental car until all issue are taken care of properly. This was my first time owning a Chevy, and after what the maintenance man said about not letting me have a rental even though I work for county and state organizations I was very disappointed in Chevy I am in the process of looking for a new car and not sure if I will purchase another Chevy after this!

- Portland, IN, USA

problem #53

Aug 072014

HHR

  • 100,000 miles
I was driving and the car died and I lost my power steering and hit the ditch and apparently hit something in the ditch and busted my oil pan. Now I cannot tell if my motor locked up or what. It will not start. This is not the first time my car has died while driving.

- Bristow, OK, USA

problem #52

Aug 262014

HHR

  • 130,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the door locks failed to unlock when using the remote access and were very difficult to pull up manually. The dealer stated that the door lock actuator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #51

Apr 072014

HHR

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. The contact received notification for NHTSA campaign id number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). The dealer stated that the repair was already completed in may of 2014 and would not repair the vehicle a second time. The contact indicated that the vehicle was never repaired under the recall. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact did not experience a failure.

- Voluntown, CT, USA

problem #50

Mar 312014

HHR

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and NHTSA campaign number: 14V171000 (electrical system) however, the part was not available to do the repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Sturbridge, MA, USA

problem #49

Aug 292008

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles

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

Ever since I have had this car that I bought new, there have been electrical problems. The dashboard lights just go off while driving down the road. When the dash lights blink back on, the lighting brightness switch does not work, the roller to make it brighter does not dim the dash lights, until they all just go off again.? the tire sensors all go off and there is no readings for tire pressure. You check the tire pressure manually and they are all ok. The door locks don't work properly. If you use the key fob, the doors will lock and then you can't get them open again with the key fob and you are stuck. The key in the door won't even open the door, it is locked up tight. I have taken it into the dealer under warranty 3 times and they can find nothing wrong. I just don't lock my car anymore.

- Hot Springs Village, AR, USA

problem #48

May 122009

HHR 4-cyl

  • 15,663 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the doors inside the vehicle could not be opened. As a result, the contact was locked inside the vehicle. The automatic lock button had to be pressed numerous times in order to open the doors. The dealer repaired the vehicle, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 15,663. The consumer stated the body and trim were defective, due to the door locks getting stuck half way and the doors would not unlock, the electrical system was also defective, as the radio and cd player were inoperative, and the engine would not start at times. Updated 09/17/14

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #47

Apr 012014

HHR

  • miles
2008 Chevrolet HHR. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall problems. The consumer received a recall letter, in April 2014. As of July 18, 2014, the parts were still not available.

- Shawnee, KS, USA

problem #46

Apr 012014

HHR

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Tomball , TX, USA

problem #45

Apr 142014

HHR

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact received the recall notification related to NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The VIN was not available. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Anniston, AL, USA

problem #44

Jun 022014

HHR

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 14E021000 (aftermarket replacement ignition switches) and stated that the parts were not available. The dealer did not give a specific date when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was also contacted and could not provide an estimated date for when the contacts vehicle would receive the recall repairs. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Dallas , TX, USA

problem #43

Mar 312014

HHR

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated NHTSA campaign number: 14V171000 (electrical system) NHTSA campaign number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) had exceeded the reasonable amount of time for repair. The dealer stated the an order was placed but the parts were not available at this time. The manufacturer was not made aware of the delay. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact had not experienced the failure.

- Freeland, WA, USA

problem #42

Jul 092014

HHR

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14E021000 (electrical system). The contact stated that the dealer and the manufacturer was contacted numerous times and were uncertain of when the parts will be available for the repairs. The contact felt that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the repairs. The contact had not experienced a failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue.the VIN was not available.

- Buffalo, TX, USA

problem #41

Apr 162014

HHR

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. The contact received a recall notification of NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to perform the repair. The dealer was unable to provide an expected date for the remedy part to become available. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Frazier Park, CA, USA

problem #40

Apr 042011

HHR

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that after inserting the key into the ignition switch, the vehicle failed to start. The contact indicated that the defect had occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the ignition switch was defective. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- East Freetown, MA, USA

problem #39

Jun 212014

HHR

  • miles
I received your recall on 5/2/14. I called the dealer & told them that I called them several times (I was getting tired of calling them) I was getting tired of using the fob and the key being separated and they told me that when I get the replacement key I would continue to have the same problem. I bought this car not to have the fob & key separated.

- Sainte Genovieve, MO, USA

problem #38

Jun 022014

HHR

  • miles
2008 Chevrolet HHR. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall notice. The consumer stated prior to the recall, he was having trouble starting the vehicle, and the key would not go all the way in the ignition. The consumer it has been two months, since he received the recall notice, and nothing has been done.

- Mount Vernon, OH, USA

problem #37

Apr 102014

HHR

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. The contact received recall notifications of NHTSA campaign id numbers 14V047000 (air bag, electrical system) and 14V171000 (electrical system) and stated that the part needed was unavailable. The dealer was unable to provide a date when the part would become available. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure. The VIN was unavailable.

- North Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #36

Mar 032014

HHR

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system). The contact stated that the dealer and the manufacturer on numerous occasions advised her that they have no idea when the parts will be available. The recall repair was not performed in a reasonable amount of time. There were no failures at this time.

- Golden Valley, AZ, USA

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