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2.9

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,047 miles

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2009 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments

problem #10

Sep 092014

HHR

  • 60,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. While driving 35 mph, the driver side headlight failed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the driver side headlight wiring harness and bulb needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000. Updated 05/18/16

- Windsor Heights, IA, USA

problem #9

Apr 012015

HHR

  • 78,000 miles
Instrument panel light flicker constantly, does this in park and during driving, noticed lately that the head lights are also dimming at start up.

- Sherwood, AR, USA

problem #8

Jul 102013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 80,857 miles
Took my car N for the engine recall five days later I notice my head light on the left side is out. On the 18th im informed by other drivers that my brake light on the left side is out. Plus one of my turn signal light is out. Basically the lights on the left side of my car are out. Also the steering will shake while slowing down and slowing in order to stop the vehicle.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #7

May 192014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 49,000 miles

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

The front end of my vehicle is ticking. It sounds like the timing chain....I purchased the car from [xxx] my powertrain warranty expired 7/27/14 [xxx] is charging me $135 an hour for the diagnosis this is not fair. May iplease receive some arbitration and not pay this charge second subject: [xxx] charged me $200 for replacing my steering column. They refused to refund me. Since this a recalled item I should had never been charged please refund me my money. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #6

Jun 202013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Headlights will go out suddenly while driving down the highway. Have replaced the headlights numerous times! this could cause a crash! something needs to be done!

- Richland, MO, USA

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problem #5

Jan 022014

HHR

  • 39,655 miles
Headlamps on my 2009 Chevrolet HHR burn out prematurely, very rapidly. I am now replacing the third headlamp for both the driver and passenger side. I average roughly 10,000-12,000 before I need to replace bulbs. My driver side lamp was out, and tonight while driving the passenger side lamp went out. Headlamp bulbs, especially because of how costly they are, should not be burning out every 10-12,000 miles.

- Prospect Park , PA, USA

problem #4

Mar 022009

HHR

  • 30,000 miles

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

The headlights on the 2009 Chevrolet HHR burn out prematurely. I have replaced both the drivers and passenger headlamp bulbs multiple times since purchasing the vehicle new. I have to replace the bulbs approx. Every 10000 15000 miles. My fear is that both bulbs will burn out at the same time causing an accident due to no lights. These light bulbs appear to have a much greater failure rate than most vehicles I have owned.

- South Lyon , MI, USA

problem #3

Jul 282010

HHR 4-cyl

  • 25,104 miles
7/10 - center console lights inop. Dealer replaced internally shorted relay. Warranty 11/10 - engine would not crank/service airbag & power steering msg on dic. Dealer towed in, replaced starter and found loss of comm w/ BCM due to internal short. Dealer replaced BCM. Warranty 12/10 - engine turns over wont start. Dealer towed in, found power train relay open. Replaced relay. Warranty 4/11 - service airbag light. Dealer found open circuit at passenger front airbag. Reconnector connector added dielectrical grease. Stabilitrack light does not come on (ever). Was told system is okay, some models don't have warning lights. (go figure, will not return to that dealer) warranty 2/12 - service airbag light. Comes on and goes out 3 - 4 times during first 15 minutes of driving first trip of the day. Happens 90% of the time. If I can find a dealer I can trust I will have them check this and the stabilitrack problem. Mileage is now 63,000.

- Cedar Lake, IN, USA

problem #2

Sep 012011

HHR 4WD 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Visiting my daughter. Started to go home. The head lamps would not come on. After 10 or 15 minutes of turning switches, turning motor off and on, nothing worked. So here am I stuck miles away from home and the head lights wont come on. In furstration I slapped the left driver side head light, it came on. So I walked to the other side and gave it a slap, and it came on. We drove the thirty miles home worrying if they would go out again. Got home ok. Now we have to hit both headlights to get them on.the warranty is out and do you know you have to remove the whole front bumper assembly to even get to the head lights. Why would GM allow such design is be on reason. Good luck HHR owners my wife has already experinced the lock ignition syndrome, when the key wont come out. Why doesnt the NHTSA help us HHR owners

- Whitwell, TN, USA

problem #1

Sep 242009

HHR

  • 2,852 miles
Failure of both headlight low beams in new 2009 Chevy HHR. First time driving the car at night, I noticed that I had no low beams. Took the car to medved Chevy in castle rock, co who confirmed the failure. Service reported "low beams inop; found open in turn signal switch, replaced switch". copy of service invoice available upon request.

- Franktown, CO, USA

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