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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,854 miles

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2010 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments

problem #18

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 #17

Jan 292016

HHR

  • 41,600 miles
In a parking garage on the 4th floor. Backing out of space. While backing up, I hear a loud boom. Nothing behind me. Thought perhaps a tire failure. Put vehicle in drive to pull forward out of traffic lane, and the engine accelerated uncontrollably. Brakes wouldn't respond. By the grace of G-D or reflexes, I turned the wheel to the right to avoid flying through the guardrail and off the 4th story of the parking garage. Vehicle came to a halt when it smashed into a concrete support pillar. Both air bags detonated, passenger-side air bag apparently broke the windshield on that side. Engine shut off. Lights in passenger compartment turned on, hazards started flashing on/off (couldn't turn them off). Waited for tow truck for 5 hours. Tow drivers had to jump battery - couldn't get front hood open, back door electronic lock non-functional due to dead battery. Tow driver climbed inside car, removed inside decking to access battery. Tow driver jumped battery, attempted start. First two or three times, it wouldn't start, eventually on the 4th or 5th time it started but the engine was racing again. Tow driver put car in reverse and it flew backward (I thought it was going to go off the deck of the garage backwards...). he stopped the vehicle, turned the wheel and headed forward - it shot down the ramp until they got it out of the garage and on the truck (I was outside the vehicle watching from a safe distance while he did this). Vehicle totaled. Not sure what the problem is/was, but I'm lucky to be alive. Have heard of issues involving stuck idle solenoids, drive train problems, etc.

- Highland Park, IL, USA

problem #16

Jan 022015

HHR

  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet HHR. While driving at an unknown speed, the air bag sensor light illuminated off and on. Also, when the brake pedal was depressed, the stopping distance was extended. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the cause of the failures could not be determined. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #15

Apr 012015

HHR

  • miles

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

I have to replace the brake pads every 6months and the tires wear uneven. The front right axle is loose, after they did the recall and fixed the steering column the vehicle stared messing up from loud noise to vibration in the pedals and steering wheel. If I want it fixed I have to pay for it. Only had vehicle not even 2 years from dealership and it has numerous issues. I wish I never got this vehicle and don't recommend it to anyone. This vehicle is not safe to drive when it rains because it looses traction and slides constantly.

- Carmichael, CA, USA

problem #14

Jan 152014

HHR 4WD 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Currently what I am driving my gears are getting stuck and this noise comes out when I drive, also my sensor is defective my lights in my car go off and on, a light saying I have low air on my tires go on. I have taking my car to the tire shop and even changed my tires but that did not work. My accident happen in January 2014 however there is new things that are occurring and I need help with the General Motors to fix my car. When the car was recalled I took it in and they only fixed the ignition switch and power steering I told them about the rest of the issues that I was having such as the transmission and I was told that was not their problem.

- Ramona , CA, USA

problem #13

May 102012

HHR

  • 35,243 miles
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 #12

Aug 292014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 89,232 miles

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

I was driving to an appointment, when my power steering flashed on the dash screen and my steering wheel went from fluid to stiff. I pulled over to the side of the road as soon as it happened and turned off the car. When I turned it back on, the steering was fluid again, but the air bag light had came on as well as the ABS and traction. The steering wheel was fluid only for a few minuets, and then after making a few turns, I lost the steering once again. I have learned of a recall on the HHR's power steering and starter. I will go to the dealer and ask them what they can do. I am filing this so it is noted in the records of the happenings.

- Royal Palm Beach , FL, USA

problem #11

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 #10

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 #9

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 #8

May 192013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 75,692 miles

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

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 #7

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 #6

Jan 022014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The SRS light was red and stood lit for one month and then it went away, I have 3 children under 17 years of age and this problem just worries me and has me worried about the safety of my family while in this car. We had the ignition replace by the dealer about a year ago, because my wife could not turn off the car. No other problems reported by my wife. We love our HHR. Great family car. We might need to go bigger since our growing family. Hope this problem of SRS gets fixed or does not become a future problem.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #5

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 #4

May 112011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the anti-skid traction control system engaged without warning. The contact was barely able to maintain control of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 62,000.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #3

Mar 232013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
I have had two issues with this car and it has made me feel unsafe when driving it. The first involves the brakes. When braking after driving at 45mph or more, the steering wheel begins shaking. I was told the brake pads needed to be changed. I did and the problem still continued. Last month, the power steering light came on the dashboard. For a couple of days, it went away but soon the steering wheel became too hard to turn. Took it to mechanic who changed the power steering module as indicated by the diagnostics test. Once the change was done, the service ESC light came on and the car has been crazy ever since. I have yet to resolve the issue as nobody knows what is wrong with my car. It has been almost a month already. I am unhappy with this car and would not recommend to anybody. After looking it up, I see that many have this same issue. It is very unsafe since this can happen at any moment while driving!

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 302013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 43,900 miles
After backing out of a parking space, stopping, and proceeding forward I attempted to again apply the brake after about 150 feet of moving forward. The brake pedal was hard but the brakes were not being applied at all. It made no difference even when applying much additional pressure to the pedal. It felt like the ABS was preventing the brakes from working as I coasted to a stop. After a brief amount of time the brakes seemed to work normally. It has now happened two additional times after the car has been sitting for a number of hours.

- Londonderry, NH, USA

problem #1

Jun 012012

HHR

  • miles
On approximately March 26 2012 at night on a trip from phoenix AZ to reno nv my vehicle low beam headlamps went out, I drove from kingman AZ to indian springs nv with just my highbeams after stopping in indian springs and trying every knob and switch in the vehicle the front low beams came on. Then in the month of April the low beams went out all together and after being in the shop for 2 days it was diagnosed with a relay problem and repair was made and I had low beams again, but now the horn doesn't function and after being pulled over by the police I was advised that my taillights are out. Both problems possibly related to a fuse or relay problem but I haven't had it in the shop yet. Now when I purchased the veh in September of 2011 I noticed that the vehicle would shutter to a stop when applying the brakes, sometimes violently. Had a brake job done in March and was advised that the front rotors were warped. Had them repaired and everything was fine until approximately June 1st when the shuttering/vibrating started up again and the sometimes violently at that. I am really concerned when I apply the brakes that something may break lose when I apply the brakes. I've read on the internet many complaints from Chevrolet HHR (different year models) owners of the same complaints and that after having the brakes worked on that the vibrating/shuttering comes back within 3 months. Thank you. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Reno, NV, USA

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