hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,500 miles

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2006 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #47

Aug 012013


  • 36,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the driver side interior door handle was detached from the door for the second time. The contact had to exit the vehicle by putting her hand through the window to open the door from the outside. The dealer was notified of the failure and repairs were made. The failure mileage was 36,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #46

Feb 242016

HHR 4-cyl

  • 175,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the front driver and passenger side door handles fractured. The failure happened without warning. The contact was unable to exit the vehicle. The battery also failed and prevented the driver and passenger side windows from being used. The vehicle was diagnosed and the door handles were replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 175,000.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #45

Nov 162013


  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the front driver and passenger side door handles fractured. The failure happened without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the entire door panel needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 200,000.

- South Bay, FL, USA

problem #44

Apr 172015


  • 71,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. While exiting the vehicle, the driver side interior door handle fractured and prevented the driver from exiting the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 71,000.

- St. Charles, MO, USA

problem #43

Dec 302014


  • 120,800 miles
The inside driver's door handle broke off (plastic or other nonmetal material attached to a metal hinge)at the metal hinge. (cheap materials that fatigue easily) with no excess force or abnormal pressure being applied. I was unable to exit the vehicle without engaging the electrical system to roll down the window and operate the outside handle. In an accident, this would be a serious safety hazard if the driver needed to get out of the car quickly.

- Abilene, TX, USA

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problem #42

Aug 152014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 164,615 miles
The drivers door will not open. Have to climb over the console to get in and out of the car.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #41

Jan 012014

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles


Drivers side door handle broke off.

- Yucaipa, CA, USA

problem #40

May 262014


  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the interior door handle detached and she was unable to exit the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 48,000.

- Labadieille, LA, USA

problem #39

Nov 142012


  • 98,000 miles
My driver and passenger inside door handles broke off and I have to roll down my windows to exit and if my car is involved in a emergency I would not be able to exit quickly and I've done some checking on line and discovered its a on going problems with them.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #38

Feb 062014


  • 180,000 miles
Fuel leak in front of drivers side rear wheel. This is completely unacceptable in an 8 year old vehicle. The fuel line corroded and leaked heavily, cost me $254.22 to replace this faulty gas line. I am obviously not the only person this has happened to. I have also had all the other typical problems such as the key will not release from ignition, bad rotors, loose front end bushings and excessive front end vibration over typical street cracks. Broken drivers side interior door handle, cracked windshield...... updated 10/22/2014

- Woonsocket, RI, USA

problem #37

Feb 032014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 160,000 miles


Both driver side and passenger side front inner door mechanism levers have broken making my vehicle only able to exit by rolling my window down and opening door with outside handle, the repair is almost $1000 for the 2 doors with labor and I had a mechanic look at inner door and determine mechanism lever is made out of fiber glass/plastic material which with any amount of exertion will break in freezing temperatures. I live in Illinois.

- Pecatonica, IL, USA

problem #36

Aug 012011


  • 80,000 miles
Interior door handle broke, making egress from car very difficult. Handle is made of thin plastic and will not hold up to use. If emergency strikes it will be very difficult to leave the vehicle quickly. Also for other vehicle owners, situation may be deadly if handle breaks during an incident when rapid egress is critical.

- Whiteville, NC, USA

problem #35

Mar 012011

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
The inside door handle has broken off completely there is no way to get out of the car unless you roll down the window and they are electric" now the passenger side still has the handle but it does not work either? they are cheaply made but should last longer than 5-6 years. So after calling Chevrolet and seeing if there were any recalls or service bulletins for this issue I was told to take my car to the nearest dealership and have them check it out. So I did and they told me that it would cost $497 per door because they would have to replace both inside door panels. It is not a safety hazard and there are no bulletins to fix this? what happens if I get in an accident and my windows don't go down because they are electric" this to me is a safety hazard! I will not be able to get out of my car! I call it my kidnapping car because you can get in but you can't get out unless you roll down the window and use the outside handle.

- Ukiah, CA, USA

problem #34

Oct 142013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 13,000 miles
There was no accident this is a big safety concern, with the door handle made out of plastic and after research hundreds of complaints.

- Columvus, OH, USA

problem #33

Aug 042013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 61,111 miles
I drove my HHR to work. Parked. Went to get out and the driver side door handle felt soft and the door would not open. To get it open I had to use the outside door handle. I have read online about other HHR owners experiencing the same failure of the door latch. While the handle remained intact, the latch is not working to open the door. Couple this with the now twice failure of the powersteering module at a whopping $875 each time I have begun to regret my decision to purchase this vehicle and this is the car that I really wanted.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #32

Mar 022013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 93,724 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the driver's side door failed to open from the inside or outside. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted. The failure and current mileages were approximately 93,724. Updated 04/30/13

- Pound, VA, USA

problem #31

Oct 172012


  • 65,000 miles
The inside driver & passenger front door handles broke off when attempting to exit the vehicle after it was parked. Have previously filed a complaint approximately 3 years ago for the same problem.

- Ridgecrest, CA, USA

problem #30

Jul 102012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
I parked my car and went to open the door, the door handle broke off in my hand. Because I was so shocked by this happening it took me a few minutes to realize I could roll down the window and open the door from the outside. If this happened to someone during/after an accident it could have serious consequences.

- Gulf Breeze, FL, USA

problem #29

Sep 232011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 90,213 miles
We bought this car in 2011. In the first year of having our HHR, the inside door handles on the driver and passenger sides are broken. The driver side broke first and about 4 months later the passenger side broke. The rear hatch door latch went out about 6 months after buying this car. The lot where we bought it says al of the fixes are our problem. But, they add up to, to much money for us to fix. I have been researching these problems. There are way to many HHR's with the same problem not to have recalls on. Why has there not been any as of yet? these problems are safety issues. They should be recalling the parts and replacing them.

- St.Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #28

Feb 062012


  • 71,000 miles
About 4 month ago the door handle on the front inside passenger side broke for no particular reason. There was no force when about to open door and the handle just stayed in my hand. I called Chevy dealer to see if I could just buy the handle, I was told that I would have to buy the whole panel which was about $400.dlls with installation. I can't afford that amount on jus a plastic door handle(for some reason I always thought it was metal.) I try not to sit anybody on front inside passenger seat because I'm afraid that god forbid I get in to an accident, my front passenger would not be able to get out. I really think GM should of make the handles of metal, but since their are plastic and obviously defected then they should of at least make the handle separated from panel so that we the buyers could buy it for a reasonable price.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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