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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,789 miles

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2010 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Nov 022016

HHR

  • 70,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet HHR. While driving 40 mph, the traction and ESC warning indicators illuminated. When the vehicle came to a complete stop, the brakes jolted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 70,000.

- Hopewell, VA, USA

problem #23

Jul 252016

HHR

  • 75,114 miles
After power steering motor was replaced when reaching speeds of 20mi per hour whole front end shakes feels like wheels locking up car was moving

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #22

May 232016

HHR

  • 160,000 miles
Changed vvt sensor & service ESC & service traction warnings appeared on display. Check engine light remains on also

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #21

Feb 152016

HHR

  • miles

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

The electronic power steering motor assist system is not working. I start the car and within 2 minutes the car is saying that the eps is not functioning and steering the car becomes extremely difficult. All the time. Very unsafe at any speed especially turning. I would like my car to be included in the national recall.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #20

Nov 042015

HHR

  • 58,000 miles
ESC activation light comes on, car vibrates badly and hard to steer. Happens mainly on dry roads, at times going around a bend in the road. It is speratic, but last week happened almost everyday. Its been at the dealer 6 times to try to fix, but to no avail.

- East Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #19

Nov 152014

HHR 6-cyl

  • 99,845 miles
My 2010 HHR service ESC and service traction warning came on engine power reduced and had little brake control. I had to pull off as it reduced my speed and was hard to steer. Very dangerous. How can this be fixed it seems like there isn't a service stated in all the reports here.

- Riverton, WY, USA

problem #18

May 102012

HHR

  • 35,243 miles

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

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet HHR. While driving 10 mph, the brake pedal failed to respond and the electronic stability control warning indicator illuminated. As a result, the vehicle crashed into a trailer. The air bags failed to deploy. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the ignition cylinder needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 35,243.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #17

May 022013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 75,024 miles
This is one of repeated incidents where the electronic stability control (ESC) activates while traveling straight on dry pavement at speeds between 15 and 30 mph. A chime sounds, a message appears on the display, the vehicle briefly loses steering and pulls to the right while brake is involuntarily activated. After turning the car off and restarting, the car continues normally. Fortunately, this has not yet caused an accident. On this occasion, the right front hub was replaced. The dealer has variously attributed the problem to mismatched tires (replaced with all new), bad hubs (both replaced), bad speed sensors (replaced), bad alignment (fixed) and a wrongly calibrated steering position sensor (re-calibrated). The vehicle has been towed, repaired repeatedly, and the problem is back again. This needs to be escalated to a recall.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #16

Jan 282011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 33,387 miles
Experienced sudden loss of power when entering freeway onramp. Warning chimes sounded, dash message reads trac control. Road conditions bare and dry. Code C0280. Dealer replaced yaw rate sensor.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #15

Jun 022014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 77,985 miles
Driving straight ahead on dry asphalt street at about 28 mph. The brakes began applying themselves very hard over and over and over. Made car buck and nearly stopped me dead in traffic. Dashboard message center said "ESC active". it was the electronic stability control activating itself for no reason at all. I fortunately know where the ESC off switch is, pressed and held it in until "ESC off" came up on the message center. This halted the rogue braking. If I had been on the freeway, a total loss of would seem likely.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #14

May 092014

HHR

  • 110,063 miles

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

While driving down the interstate at 70 mph, I had a warning light and the display read svc ESC. Shortly after, the power steering display came on in the vehicle. I then immediately lost control of vehicle. It took great force to steer the vehicle off of the highway to a safe location. I then used the onstar service, they ran a quick diagnostic - result came back that they were unable to connect to the power steering system - the power steering system had lost electrical connection or had failed completely - they were unable to let me know without having it diagnosed further at a local Chevy dealership. The vehicle was then towed to the local Chevy dealer. They ran a diagnostic and found that my entire steering column needed to be replaced. They also explained that other models of the HHR were recalled for the same issue that I experienced, however my model was considered "safe".

- Hollister, MO, USA

problem #13

Dec 122013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 80,811 miles
Please include repairing this issue in the recall of 2010 HHR vehicles. This is the most recent of multiple incidents where the electronic stability control (ESC) activates while traveling straight on dry pavement at speeds between 15 and 30 mph. As a chime sounds, and a message is flashed on the display, the vehicle briefly loses steering and pulls to the right while brake is involuntarily activated. On this occasion, the servicer found the female connectors to the ABS speed sensor were not making proper contact. He crimped the new ones tightly when installing the replacement ends. The service advisor admitted that my car is not the only one with this issue, he had seen this problem repeatedly. After turning the car off and restarting, the car continues normally. Fortunately, this has not yet caused an accident. The dealer has variously attributed the problem to mismatched tires (replaced with all new), bad hubs (both replaced), bad speed sensors (replaced), bad alignment (fixed) and a wrongly calibrated steering position sensor (re-calibrated). The vehicle has been towed, repaired repeatedly, and the problem is back again.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #12

May 282013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 75,907 miles
For the second time in a week, the vehicle is being serviced because the electronic stability control (ESC) activated several times since the last service while traveling straight on dry pavement at speeds between 15 and 30 mph. The vehicle briefly loses steering and pulls to the right while brake is involuntarily activated. After turning the car off and restarting, the car continues normally. Fortunately, this has not yet caused an accident. On this occasion, the dealer could not duplicate the problem. The dealer has variously attributed the problem to mismatched tires (replaced with all new), bad hubs (both replaced), bad speed sensors (replaced), bad alignment (fixed) and a wrongly calibrated steering position sensor (re-calibrated). The vehicle has been towed, repaired repeatedly, and the problem is back again. This needs to be elevated to a recall.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #11

May 192013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 75,692 miles
This is on of repeated incidents where the electronic stability control (ESC) activates while traveling straight on dry pavement at speeds between 15 and 30 mph. A chime sounds, a message appears on the display, the vehicle briefly loses steering and pulls to the right while brake is involuntarily activated. After turning the car off and restarting, the car continues normally. Fortunately, this has not yet caused an accident. On this occasion, the right front hub was replaced. The dealer has variously attributed the problem to mismatched tires (replaced with all new), bad hubs (both replaced), bad speed sensors (replaced), bad alignment (fixed) and a wrongly calibrated steering position sensor (re-calibrated). The vehicle has been towed, repaired repeatedly, and the problem is back again. This needs to be escalated to a recall.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #10

Apr 092014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 16,234 miles
Lost power steering very hard to turn steering wheel.

- Norwalk, CA, USA

problem #9

Jan 122011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Since purchasing this vehicle as a rental return, there have been repeated incidents where the electronic stability control (ESC) activates while traveling straight on dry pavement at speeds between 15 and 30 mph. The vehicle briefly loses steering and pulls to the right while brake is involuntarily activated. After turning the car off and restarting, the car continues normally. Fortunately, this has not yet caused an accident. The dealer has variously attributed the problem to mismatched tires (replaced with all new), bad hubs (both replaced), bad speed sensors (replaced), bad alignment (fixed) and a wrongly calibrated steering position sensor (re-calibrated). The vehicle has been towed, repaired repeatedly, and the problem is back again. This needs to be elevated to a recall.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #8

Oct 012012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
On two occasions within the 3yr/36,000mile warranty, the ESC and antilock temporarily went out with dashboard notification. No ESC problems since, so it was not taken to dealership. In the meantime, we have a power steering problem that only occurred once during the warranty period at 35,000 miles. Now, at 40,000, the problem has worsened so the power steering fails every trip. The car steers hard when this occurs, obviously. Restarting the car resolves the problem for a few minutes.

- Lake Orion, MI, USA

problem #7

Jan 142014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 57,270 miles
I, was driving on the fwy!lucky on the exit at ramona blvd from the 605 fwy my car power wheel star to turning hard to turn right and the light on the panel show power steering and lucky me! I, manage to turned very hard but, I did turn the wheel and park my car on shoulder, I, turn off the car and turned on again and the wheel turn soft again!so I, cut drive safe to my home from there!!but I am afraid going to the fwy again!!this happen 01_14_2014 please give to me any feedback from this matter!!scare driver..( this is the third time happen) I am afraid to something happens to me!!!

- Baldwin Park, CA, USA

problem #6

Nov 262013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
I was driving the car got up to 25 mph and the steering went out, the car was hard to steer I turnaround for home. I turn the car off took the key out of the ignition put it back in started the car up and it work for one minute and went out again.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #5

Sep 042013

HHR

  • 68,000 miles
The electrical power system in my 2010 Chevy HHR completely failed 3 days ago while driving down the road. We were unable to steer this vehicle and it almost caused a bad traffic accident. The power system failed at 68,000 miles. It is apparent that numerous HHR owners has experienced this problem but GM has taken no action to recall this part on this vehicle. Researching the electronic power system part number 19257875 I discovered that GM has other vehicles that have a recall applicable to the HHR that match the part number in question. Buick, Cadillac, Pontiac, cobalt have recalls on this same part number which cover a life time warranty. This is a very serious problem with the HHR and the electronic power system and GM should have initiated a recall on the electronic power system ages ago. What are they waiting for. Someone to be seriously injured or killed.

- Ocala, FL, USA

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