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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,438 miles

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2011 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments

problem #17

Nov 142015


  • 87,570 miles


While driving at a speed of 45 miles per hour, all of a sudden in the dic a ESC active started flashing and my car start losing speed and it felt like the traction kicked in. I immediately looked down to make sure it had not jumped out of gear. It was in the correct gear. The ESC active went away after about 45 seconds, and about a mile down the road it did the same thing again and I had to put on mu emergency flashers and pull off the road. By the time I got it to the side of the road, the steering wheel started to lock up and it act like it did not want to stop when I applied the brakes. By this time the speed had dropped to about 15 miles per hour. The road conditions when this happen was dry, and the tires and the brakes on my car was in good working condition. Once it was towed to my house I drove it around my neighborhood about 5 times and nothing happened. I am too scared to do in highway driving of this car, because if it happens while I am on the interstate driving I could possibility be in a accident if this happens. I have read other reviews about this happening, but have not got any reasons to why this is happening. The car has roughly 87570 miles on it. I will be contacting the Chevrolet people tomorrow, before I take it to a repair shop.

- Pittsboro, NC, USA

problem #16

Nov 052015


  • 75,602 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet HHR. While driving 50 mph, the vehicle shook violently and the electronic stability control light on the instrument panel illuminated. The failure occurred once. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 75,602.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #15

Aug 212015


  • 76,918 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet HHR. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle shook violently, stalled, and the electronic stability control warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the electronic stability brake software needed to be updated. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 76,918. MA 10/14

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #14

Dec 162014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 125,250 miles


Was traveling at night on interstate 70 between Kansas City and St louis when the check engine light can on along with the traction control light at the same time the on dash message center said engine power reduced, traction control off, and ESC off. At the same time the car lost speed and before I could get off the road I was almost rear ended by a truck, at the time it was raining. Since then it has happened numerous times with no warning. After stopping the car with the engine off for a very short time it will start and run fine with the traction control light off. But the check engine light remaining on. The code for the check engine light is P2135 which is a code for the throttle pedal position sensor, this has been replaced and the problem remains to happening. I think this could be very dangerous and could cause accidents resulting in injuries. The vehicle has been to a number of mechanics and the problem continues. I spoke with GM this week and they said that they had never heard of the problem, I think they should look online you fill find many posting complaining of this problem covering many model years other than 2011.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #13

Nov 102014


  • 80,000 miles
I work two jobs just bought my 2011 Chevy HHR just over a year ago and started getting reduced engine power light and then lose power and have trouble going over 20 struggles to get to 40 mph I have 3 young children that ride with me and there safety is number one and if I can't trust my new vehicle then how can I trust Chevy.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #12

Aug 012014


  • 40,000 miles
While driving.. car suddenly stalled losing power steering all dash board lights on gages flickering causing car to shut down. Unable to start.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #11

May 172014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 74,560 miles


While driving.. car suddenly stalled losing power steering all dash board lights on gauges flickering causing car to shut down. Second incident 7/19/14. Same scenario car suddenly stalled losing power steering all dash board lights on gauges flickering causing car to shut down. Dealership stated initial due to recall. Second incident dealer stated not due to recall but more of a common problem, however unable to replicate stall and determine where faulty wiring. Getting lots of error codes with no real cause as to why car stalls.

- Rialto, CA, USA

problem #10

Mar 192013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 68,524 miles
I have already filed one complaint last month!! have not received any reply back by no one. My tcn was [xxx]. this car is dangerous to be driving, cops have pulled me over several times due to some the problems! all 7 officers gave me their names and badge numbers N they told me if I need to take this to court, they will be N court.. they told me the car needs to be completely fixed or put N a different car and not this same make N model. I have a lil girl and I will do what I have to do to protect her and other innocent lives round me, if it means I get a lawyer N take this to court. So please do something very soon bout this car!!! I've been saving all complaints I've sent so I will have them for my records in case I need to take further more stronger action to get this car fixed or put me in an ext cab Dodge truck please. I wanted a truck to begin with, but this car was just forced on me or dealer wasn't gonna give me nothing at all.. [xxx]!! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Kensett, AR, USA

problem #9

Oct 172012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 20,100 miles
My car continues to shake as do most HHR's GM knows there is a stability issue an has refused to properly address this dangerous issue. My airbag light has come on. The back driver side door handle does not open from the inside or out and my seat belt and back floor board stays damp making the structure of the vehicle dangerous and my seatbelt unsafe. GM executive response is that not all VIN numbers fal into the service bulletins. These cares need to be immediately investigated and taken off the market. The bolt covers in the back seats fall off at a touch and cannot be reattached. They dig into legs. An accident would present a stupid impalement threat. Why are they there. This is a dangerous car. GM states my care did not appear to them until 49,000 miles. I bought it at 19,000 miles. There are lies every where. There are crooked salesman and GM is still on the scam. Owners need a legal or congressional advocate for the cars we are stuck with that are dangerous and seriously devalued. They have had allot of training in dealing with owners with issues. We need likewise representation. My care is an accident waiting to happen. I have a frozen shoulder from holding it in the road for 3 years. It is a blood trap that you cannot see out of. It is damp, shaking, difficult to control and unpredictable. I could ot sel it in good conscience. Who would buy it any way" what happened to the legal order that required them to report dangerous problems in 5 days or face penalties" they are way over the mark on this one. Just look at my car.

- Bastian, VA, USA

problem #8

Apr 162014


  • 44,000 miles
The ECM came on with no warning causing the vehicle to veer off the road to the right and skidding this happened three times in the past year which is scary at best also there is a smell of exhaust and fuel in the cabin.

- Westbrook, CT, USA

problem #7

Feb 012014

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles


2011 Chevrolet HHR. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle acceleration issues. The consumer stated while driving, she noticed the vehicle exhibit a boost/jerk type movement, and it made a strange noise. When she took the vehicle to the dealer, she was informed the problem was a spark plug and they fixed it. However, one night while driving, the vehicle once again exhibited the same boost/jerk movement, as if she suddenly hit the brake, as the vehicle was losing speed, until it shut down completely. She was able to pull over, turn the vehicle off, and re-started it again with no problem. A month later, the same thing happened, only that time, the electronic stability control light started blinking, followed by a strange noise. The electronic stability control light illuminated again in May 2014.

- Louisville, TN, USA

problem #6

Mar 192014


  • 68,524 miles
On Wednesday 3/19/2014 I was forced to purchase this HHR that I didn't want. I drove off orr lot N it was pulling to the left bad, N was jumpin all over the road. I told orr bout it next day, N was told im stuck wit the car. Kept getn pulled over by police, on Monday 4/30/14 sheriff pulled me over cause car nearly went into ditch, he told me N my bf that this car is a road hazard N dangerous, for the manufacture to fix the problem or put me N another vehicle. Took it back to orr N they wouldn't even look at it!! I ha, so he got a truck. I've a 3 yr old lil girl N if we have accident, someone will pay! the right front tire is wore on side only, front pops, motor shakes, and U can smell foul fumes comin N car. I wanted a Dodge truck, not the HHR cause I knew something was wrong wit the HHR, my uncle done the same thing N it never cld B fixed, so he got a truck. This needs to B fixed or put me N a truck, if have accident, there will B trouble. There's too much wrong wit this car, it needs to B totally recalled in my opinion, or lawsuits B piling up!! thank U N please respond asap, my lil girl life cant B replaced, or N E one else's life either.

- Kensett, AR, USA

problem #5

Oct 032011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 20,100 miles
Steering wheel began to shake violently, car pulled to left. Repeated visits and calls to dealership resulted in denial of problem until warranty ran out. After hydroplaning on a small puddle of water, ESC and service traction lights came on. Dealership "reset lights" car has continued to shake. Have put 3 sets of tires on car and 2 sets of brakes, one set of rotors and turned rotors. Dealership says this is normal. Only found out about ignition recall after calling to complain about light still on and yet another set of bald tires. Called GM and they offered rental car until ignition parts come in but will replace ESC sensor at my cost. No investigation as to stabilization issue of car or why it is chewing up tires and pulling to the left. The car is still unsafe. A google search will show many others are experiencing this same issue. Awaiting yet another response from GM. This car needs serious investigating. An accident is at hand. They only want to sell me tires and parts. The shake is dangerous and the ESC and traction is disengaged at present. GM has known about this problem. [xxx] at GM has been nice but not helpful. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Bastian, VA, USA

problem #4

Jul 232012


  • 19,000 miles
We are having problems with the ESC the car with the sliding marks on it. It seems to be either picking up something or just miss firing. We be driving along and the road is not wet and it activates. The car almost shut off completely. Taking it back this tuesdayapril 1, 2014 3rd time. We almost got killed two weeks ago from the same problem the car shut down and if the big truck was coming fast we would not be here. We had to pull to a side road and cut the car switch completely off and wait a few minutes and cut it back on. I do not need this problem with the amount of money I pay. GM we help bail you all during the depression what is going on. Also the dealership are not keeping records of the trips I made to them is this a sign of something new.

- Bullock, NC, USA

problem #3

Oct 112013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 41,302 miles
I was driving to work this morning. I live just 5 minutes from the office. I pulled out of the parking lot and was going about 5mph when suddenly the ESC active light appeared on the dash, then a yellow triangle warning started flashing. The transmission felt like it started to shake and the car decelerated on its own. I applied the brakes, put the car in park, and the warnings went away. The light turned green so I started to accelerate and again, the same warnings. Help! the roads were not wet, I was never above 8mph when these two incidents occurred. Thank you.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 132012


  • 38,000 miles
Was driving at 45mph when all of the sudden all gauges, power steering, and engine went erratic. Lost power steering going down hwy. Car darted to the left a little. Took the car to dealer for a diagnostic. Was told by dealer that the data link circuit shorted causing electric short to power steering control module and it would be $1125 to repair. I have filed a complaint with GM but haven't heard back from them. This should be a recall issue due to possible loss of control of car and causing a crash. Also a possible fire due to the electrical short they described to me on the invoice. The power steering and gauges are all still going erratic because I am trying to see if GM will fix this safety problem. This should be a safety recall do to the fact that a young driver or even female driver or anyone in fact could lose control of vehicle when the power steering control module decides to go out and come back on then go out again.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #1

Sep 062011

HHR 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the electronic stability control would engage independently as the service ESC warning light illuminated. The failure only occurred with the front passenger side wheel and would feel similar to the wheel seizing. The vehicle was diagnosed by the dealer but they were not able to duplicate the error. The contact stated that the manufacturer was aware of the problem, but they could not determine how to remedy the problem. The manufacturer stated that the software could not be removed from the vehicle. The failure mileage was 12,000 and the current mileage was 20,000. Updated 01/15/13 updatd 1/24/2013

- Cocoa , FL, USA

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