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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 1
Average Mileage:
70,113 miles

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2008 Chevrolet HHR steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 4 of 13)

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problem #191

Aug 272014

HHR

  • 71,041 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 while driving approximately 70 mph, the power steering light illuminated as a chime sounded and the steering wheel became hard to maneuver. The problem recurred five times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 71,041.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #190

Aug 072014

HHR

  • miles
Letter from senator klobuchar on behalf of constituent requesting assistance regarding her motor vehicle recall for her 2008 Chevrolet HHR; attn: Cacjectbedimi henderson. The consumer stated the power steering went out while driving. The consumer received multiple recalls from GM. However, the dealer stated the recall had not reached the United States, and it was only for vehicles in Canada.

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #189

Sep 122014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 49,080 miles
Driving mountain roads when power steering failed and "power steering" indicator light came on. When engine was turned off and back on, power steering worked for about one mile before failing again. Judging by the number of similar internet complaints on the 2008 HHR, can't understand why this problem hasn't been Focus of a recall. Wonder what would have happened on that mountain road if my wife had been driving (its her car).

- Hot Springs, VA, USA

problem #188

Sep 102014

HHR

  • 38,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. While driving approximately 55 mph, the steering wheel seized and the power steering warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system); however, the parts needed for the repair were unavailable. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 38,000.

- Chatsworth, GA, USA

problem #187

Mar 112014

HHR

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the steering wheel seized. The contact mentioned that the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #186

Aug 302014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Power steering goes out intermittently. There is a notification on the dash that just states "power steering" and there is no power steering. If the car is turned off and back on again, power steering will return but will eventually go out again. There is no pattern as to when or where it will go out and it goes out with out any warning other than the dash indicator mentioned above once it has gone out. It appears a replacement motor should be covered under GM bulletin number 14119, however the dealership is claiming I am responsible for the replacement which costs over $300. The dealership has stated they have talked to GM and they are not covering it. I have requested names and numbers of the people the dealership has spoken to at GM.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #185

Aug 152014

HHR

  • 90,000 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 while driving at 30 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated and the steering wheel seized causing excessive force on the steering wheel to be required. On one occasion, the vehicle was restarted and operated as normal. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #184

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 #183

Jul 082014

HHR

  • 127,124 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph the power steering message displayed on the screen and the steering wheel suddenly became very difficult to turn. The contact indicated that the failure occurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 127,124.

- Fulton, MS, USA

problem #182

Jan 052014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, the power steering suddenly malfunctioned making the steering wheel very difficult to turn. After turning the vehicle off and restarting the engine the vehicle operated as normal. The contact indicated that the failure had occurred multiple times and each time a chime alarm would activate before the failure would occur. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who determined that the power steering motor was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure but no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 74,000...updated 09-24-14

- Dearborn Heights , MI, USA

problem #181

Aug 072014

HHR

  • 100,000 miles

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

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 #180

Aug 132014

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
Just a fyi I contacted my local news station and was informed to call the attorney general and also the BBB (312)-832-0500 to get the word out about this problem before someone is really hurt since they seem not to want to help us with this very dangerous problem.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #179

Aug 042014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 168,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. While driving at low speeds, the steering wheel seized and became difficult to turn. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 168,000. Updated 10/22/2014 updated 02/03/15

- Mccordsville, IN, USA

problem #178

Jul 162014

HHR

  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. While driving approximately 60 mph, the power steering warning indicator illuminated and the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The failure occurred multiple times. The dealer stated that the VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #177

Aug 282014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 78,500 miles
The power steering has failed five times in the month of August 2014. Almost failed to make my turn.

- San Marcos, CA, USA

problem #176

Jun 182014

HHR

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the power steering failed and the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 95,000.

- Livingston, TX, USA

problem #175

Aug 192014

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
This is my 3rd complaint. I am still having trouble with my power steering I have now pulled a chest muscle because of the issues I am having with my power steering. Is anyone going to do something about this? it's so unfair that we are having the same problems but we are expected to have to pay for faulty parts in our cars. This is dangerous and something needs to be done sooner than later about it. Once again I'm on here quite a bit so if anyone knows anything please let me know.. thanks

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #174

Aug 012014

HHR

  • 88,000 miles
Warning signal beeps (alarm) then says power steering on dashboard. The power steering goes and it is difficult to turn the steering wheel. Very dangerous as it is random and has happened in the middle of making a turn. Read many, many owners of this car's complaints yet nothing has been done.

- Eagle Mountain, UT, USA

problem #173

Apr 162014

HHR

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, there was a sudden loss of power steering and the power steering warning lamps illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The technician diagnosed that the power steering motor would need to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000.

- Shelbyville, KY, USA

problem #172

Apr 192014

HHR

  • 89,800 miles
The power steering motor go out when I was driving from el cajon ca to el centro ca, just on the dangerous road miles and could have ended in a fatal accident mine has just started to go out on my 2008 HHR at 90,000 miles. Right now, the light comes on and I can pull over and restart it and it's fine, but how long will that last? I googled it after it first happened, and that's when I saw that apparently GM knows this is a faulty part but swears it's only an issue on the other cars that have it not the HHR, yet there are hundreds of HHR owners who have posted about their power steering going out and it was recalled in Canada. I know at 90,000 miles things might be going wrong with the parts like a power steering motor, but I am incensed that I'm expected to pay for a part that GM knows is crap. If the part is bad, they should fix it in any vehicle that has an issue, not just the cobalts and Pontiac.

- Coachella, CA, USA

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