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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,702 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.

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2008 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 152014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 101,214 miles


I took the car into the shop on 11/15/14 because of a loud exhaust sound. The mechanic advised the flex pipe was leaking and the flex pipe and catalytic converters (2) would need to be replaced. The cost is estimated at about $900. If the car is in idol, the exhaust seeps into the car and could cause carbon monoxide poisoning and death, if the windows are not cracked to allow for ventilation. Unfortunately, we cannot afford this repair at this time. The car is 6 years old and should not be falling apart piece by piece as it has been over the last couple of years. This part should be recalled, or should I say the entire car, B/C it has had so many recalls in the last couple of years.

- Edgewood, MD, USA

problem #5

Jun 152010


  • 42,300 miles
I purchased a 2008 Chevrolet HHR in may of 2009. The vehicle has overheated 4 times in a year. The radiator and cylinder heads have been replaced and I can not be guaranteed that is will not happen again by the dealership. They have admitted it is an unseen situation, but they are unable to resolve the issue.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #4

Mar 242008


  • 6,000 miles
I also own a 2008 Chevy HHR lt that is loaded. I purchased this vehicle brand new and currently have 39,000 miles on it. I have had nothing but trouble with this vehicle. I have had all of the following problems and GM replaced some of them. GM installed a new intermediate steering column, drag links, turned rotors 4 times and right side upper ball joint. After the warranty expired, the brakes once again went to hell in a hand basket. I ordered a set of racing rotors and ceramic brakes, this cured the brake problem. At 37,000 miles, the check engine light came on and I had it checked out and it was the cam sensor. I replaced the sensor and reset the light and it did not fix the problem. I really like the vehicle, but GM needs to do their homework and do more research and development.

- Poca, WV, USA

problem #3

Dec 172008

HHR 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. When attempting to apply pressure to the brake pedal at 15 mph, the vehicle would not stop and stalled simultaneously without warning. The contact crashed into another vehicle and was towed to the dealer. There were no injuries. The cause of the failure has not been identified. He has a copy of the police report. The failure and current mileages were 8,000. Updated 03/23/09. The consumer stated the engine failed right before the brakes were applied. Updated 03/24/09.

- Dade City, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 012008


  • miles
2008 Chevy HHR with a burning hair odor intermittently. Consumer states that the vehicle also stopped running. She states that when it shut off he had no brakes or steering. The consumer also stated there was a problem with the speakers.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 232008


  • 8,700 miles
Car stalls while turning, it has been back to the dealership many times they can't find duplicate or fix the problem and have not given me a loaner car.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

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