hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,714 miles

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2006 Chevrolet HHR body / paint problems

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2006 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #9

Aug 142009


  • 39,000 miles


I have a 2006 HHR that we bought in July of 2006. I have noticed in issue of water getting in the car from somewhere under the dashboard, and it is causing the floorboards to get wet every time it rains. I first noticed the issue in August of 2009 and it happened once and didn't think anything of it. The problem has become more of a nuisance since. I called my insurance company and they told me that since there is nothing wrong with the windshield that my glass coverage wouldn't cover it, and that I need to bring it in to my local Chevrolet dealer and have them diagnose the problem which is going to most likely cost me an arm and a leg to fix since my warranty is no longer valid. I would like to see Chevy actually honor the product that they produce and finally come to their senses and fix the issues or I will have to start buying a different brand, because I don't think that a car that only has 41,176 miles that is about three years old should not have soggy carpets and a mold and mildew issues. Sincerely one unhappy customer.

- Willimantic, CT, USA

problem #8

Oct 172009


  • 54,578 miles
Drivers side door handle broke off without warning. The part requires the complete door panel being replaced for a cost of $466. My concern is what if this happened in an accident and I could not get out of my car and it was my only option for a way out.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #7

Feb 212009


  • 46,500 miles
Interior door handle broken. Door must be opened using outside handle. Handle is plastic. Entire interior door panel must be replaced. Part costs $325 plus labor. Car is 2 1/2 years old with less than 47,000 miles.

- Monroe, MI, USA

problem #6

Feb 222009


  • 70,000 miles


The interior handles on the driver and passenger door of my 2006 Chevy HHR are broke. I was in the car when it happened, between errands both times. Calls/emails made to GM have not been productive. It is a safety issue, I can not exit the vehicle other then rolling down the window and opening from the outside. If something were to happen, I would not be able to get out in an emergency situation. One broke one week, and the passenger broke a week later. The part that is connected to the door mechanism is smaller then a dime and made of poor quality plastic molding. It is the only thing supporting the door mechanism. When emailing GM, I continued to get the run around for days until I threatened to report them to this site. I am choosing to anyhow because I do not feel they have taken proper steps to ensure this is repaired. They did connect me to a dealer, graff Chevrolet in grand prairie. They have been extremely helpful and are doing their best to get this taken care of. I would expect GM to have better service, especially with the company in the state it is in!

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #5

Oct 052008


  • 60,000 miles
I need your help, 1st, computer broke, then 2nd gear shift, then 3rd sunroof, then 4th back door won't open-son can't get out, then 5th power steering, tried to replace power steering with a used one that we could afford, , now car is locked and won't crank, did what mechanic said to reprogram and it still doesn't work, GM replaced 1st computer, I paid for gears, tried to get GM to fix electric steering, said they would buy parts but not labor >1000, right before we tried to replace the power steering the crank started hanging, 06 Chevrolet HHR-no car, help, its so broke, hurt myself trying to drive it, and have been trying to get fixed for over 2 months, its a bomb, now I have no car to drive. GM states its over mileage, thought I bought all warranties, dealer went out of business, palm bay Chevrolet, fl, I need some help, multiple times have all but crashed related to can't hardly steer it, turn it, I think I've broke my shoulder with this thing. Now I catch a ride with 4 years to pay left on this car, help! its a hazard, I don't have goliaths strength any more!

- Cocoa, FL, USA

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problem #4

Sep 152008

HHR 4-cyl

  • 34,083 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact has experienced several failures with the vehicle ever since it was purchased. When exiting the vehicle on the passenger side, the door handle cracked in half and caused the contact to become trapped in the vehicle. She had to exit the vehicle using the driver's side door. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and a technician stated that the door handle failure was a common issue. No repairs were made. In addition, when activating the air conditioner or heating unit, a small amount of air comes out of the vents. The contact could not turn down the heat or air because the dials to control the air and heat do not turn and are permanently set to high. She is unable to adjust the settings. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and it was determined that the A/C unit and the switch to adjust the A/C and heating unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred two months later. No additional repairs have been made. The manufacturer advised her to take the vehicle to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but they refused to inspect the vehicle because they did not receive a call from the manufacturer to inspect or make repairs to the vehicle. The failure mileage was 34,083 and current mileage was 75,000. Updated 2/5/09 updated 02/10/09.

- Otklawaha, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 012007


  • 29,000 miles


I bought the 2006 HHR in March 2007, in July I had the stabilizer links replaced, then in December I had to have the steering column replaced, in October 2008 I needed to have the struts replaced & now a week later I have to have the strut mounts replaced. Not only that, I had a leak from the heater case that leaked into my passenger side, I had the radio replaced & also my front & back bumper is loose which the dealer told me on the phone that is probably clips that have broken off. I was told because I live in Michigan, that the struts went bad sooner than anticipated. Also, although I had a car fax report on this car, this car has been in an accident that no one knew about. I am not very pleased with this car & its a shame to make a car payment on a car that I don't even like anymore due to the problems. I was told they would give me $9000.0 as trade in, but I had 13000 on it, so how do you get out of a car that you think should be recalled? I have been checking into the lemon law & I understand as long as you purchase the used car with the factory warranty still active, it's covered under the lemon law. But since the dealer wont do anything about it, I doubt GM will. I was told to wait till after the election, for the economy to get better, that doesn't mean they will reasonably get me out from under this junk of a car!

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 202008


  • 44,444 miles
Each time it rains water leaks into car causing the floorboard to become soaked causing damage to the carpet and possibly damaging the wires which can cause shorts in turn can cause a fire within the vehicle. Please investigate this issue there are numerous vehicles of this model with this issue.

- Orlando , FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 152006

HHR 4-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
My 2006 Chevrolet HHR is getting sandblasted on the rear rocker panels over the course of normal driving down paved roads. The car is equipped with protective plastic guards which are taking all the abuse. I was told by the dealer this is what the guards were for. Finally they took pictures and decided to repaint them and install mudflaps at their cost. Now the paint is still getting sandblasted again and the paint is peeling off. After complaining yet again I was told by the GM business resource center that I should have purchased the runningboards at the time I purchased the vehicle if I wanted to prevent this from happening. How was I to foresee this problem? they refused to install them at their cost which I believe they should have. They are saying that I am picking up 'road debris" and that's the problem. I only drive on paved roads so this is a ridiculous and false statement. Finally today they called and agreed to pay for 50% of the runningboards and the installation of them. I do not have the money to compensate them for an obvious design flaw. There is no reason that this should in any way be my responsibility.

- Allendale, MI, USA

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