really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 4
Average Mileage:
57,065 miles

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2006 Chevrolet HHR electrical problems

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2006 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 6 of 9)

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problem #71

Feb 072014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 65,100 miles


Sitting still under carport (car not moving). Turned on ignition to check gas amount and the lights on the dash did not come on. I moved it out from carport and they came on. Few hours later the lights would not come on again. The only keys on key ring are 1 house key, 1 car door key and the key fob. This car was not moving when this happened.

- Foley, AL, USA

problem #70

Feb 232013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
Was snowing got car high centered in driveway could not get ignition to turn off tried off and on for a hour finally frustrated went in home the next morning of course my battery was dead. This happened within the first two weeks of buying the car. Then dealership came out got vehicle started took to shop. I got the car back a week later. Then was driving car and on the weekend on my way to work message on dash says reduced engine power and would not let me go more than 30 mph. The roads were completely dry so road conditions were not the issue. I again called the guy who sold me the car he switch me over to the mechanic who said bring the car in next time it does that otherwise they wont be able to tell what went wrong. Then the next week my front tire was wobbling like it was going to come off and it was not the lug bolts because I checked them so back to the shop again. They said some bolt was loose under the hood to the front end and I should be fine. Then I believe it was a week or two later the ignition locked up on me again and they blamed that on me. I have had the car for a year and owe more than it is worth so cannot trade it in because I owe three times more than it is worth. A month ago again the message came on the dash reduce engine power on my way to work live 11 miles out of town so drove on the shoulder of the road with my flashers on to let other cars by. Among that I had the windshield leek water in my floor on passenger side every time it rained. The dealership had put in a new windshield and didn't get part under the hood back on correctly. I could go on and on but bottom line after buying the car it was in the shop three times before I even got plates for it. I have been really frustrated with the car but not much that I know to do since owe too much on it.

- Mancos, CO, USA

problem #69

Feb 192014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
My car started giving me a charging system warning light. I had it checked, with no findings. The car stopped on me several times, yet always check out okay. The last time the battery was shorted, so I replaced it. The next day the car stopped while I was driving it. I had it towed to a shop, where it started up fine and didn't show anything on diagnostic. When I went to pick it up it started and then shorted out the computer. The computer was replaced, it started up, then started smoking and shorted out the new computer. I want to note that approximately two years ago, the power steering went out and shorted out the charging system, twice. It was repaired at Chevrolet in bakersfield.

- Chino, CA, USA

problem #68

Jan 282014


  • 42,370 miles


This began with the power steering warning light coming on just as the power steering cut out. After shutting off the engine and restarting all was normal for about two minutes then the same thing happened. After looking on-line I saw that there are many complaints on this same issue and also that Chevrolet did issue a recall for this vehicle in Canada but not in the usa, I also saw that there was a recall on another Chevy model that uses the same power steering motor (which is the problem). Once the motor fails it is extremely hard to control the car and on a highway this could cause a serious situation. In my case I had a dealer fix the car and they had to replace the main computer along with the power steering motor costing me over nine hundred dollars ! I am submitting this complaint for my grandson who currently owns the HHR, I was the original owner.

- Melrose, MA, USA

problem #67

Apr 152012


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the front driver and passenger's side door handles were fractured. The dealer was made aware of the failure and stated that the door panel on both doors would have to be replaced. Additionally, the vehicle stalled while driving approximately 20 mph. The contact also experienced difficulty steering on another occasion. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Grand Island, NE, USA

problem #66

Jul 182013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 102,187 miles
Power steering motor shorted out, when we took it to Chevy dealer we were told that GM would not sell the motor separately as the steering column went out shortly after the power steering motor, and were also told there had been a recall on some HHR's. the price to repair is $1500. I am 71 years old, my disabled husband is 72 years old and we only have social security as income. Tried to get some compensation from GM and after almost 3 weeks they told me they would not help me because I bought the car used from a dealer other than a Chevy dealer, that it was out of warranty and over mileage. If the steering goes out there most likely be an accident of some kind. We have no other transportation, I do feel this is a definite safety issue. Any help you can provide to have GM honor the recall would be appreciated.

- Green Valley, AZ, USA

problem #65

May 272013

HHR 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,402 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the ignition failed and the key could not be release from the ignition switch. The contact had to move gear shifter lever several times in order to shut the engine off. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The failure was located at the gear shifter and the dealer replaced the gear shifter system. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 38,402...updated 08-07-13

- West Carolton , OH, USA

problem #64

May 022013


  • 131,250 miles
Was driving vehicle (Chevy HHR) at highway speed when a warning wassage displayed asyin power steering, a bell started dinging and stering the vehicle became difficult. I was in a curve on a hill. I wasw able to safely get off the highway and turned the car off, checked fuses, found no problem. Restarted the car and it started working again. Had now done this about 15 times after the car warms up or travelded about 20 miles. Has happened to my wife a few times and causes her didiculty in stering the car with her recovery from shoulder surgery. In researching on line and I see this car has been recalled in Canada, and the same parts are used in the Chevy covalt and has recalls for the problem in the us. Why not the Chevy HHR been recalled?

- Millheim, PA, USA

problem #63

May 152011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that driving 20 mph, she heard an abnormal noise as the lights on the instrument panel began to illuminate. In addition, the fuel gauge began to fluctuate rapidly and the engine began to surge. The vehicle was shut off, restarted ten minutes later, and resumed normal operation. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis but no remedy could be determined. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 45,000 and the current mileage was 56,000.

- Cypress, CA, USA

problem #62

Sep 062012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
I don't know if its an electrical problem tc light goes on and engine light goes on, car jumps alittle this has been happening for a while, this car is only 49000 miles I bought it brand new and paid it off like a Mercedes Benz since my credit was screwed up and now I am having problem am retired and wife not working please help us out I need my car to get around, I didn't think I was going to have any problems for 10 yrs...........................................

- North Bergen, NJ, USA

problem #61

Mar 082013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 11,000 miles


Pulled into garage, placed shifter in park, ignition key would not rotate to last detent position and key could not be removed, leaving some electrical items on. Shifter button was depressed and would not unlock but shift could be put in any gear. I searched internet for problem and learned how to remove cover under ignition switch and manipulate a button inside the column to allow key to be released. Car can be started again but to shut off and remove key, same process required. A big problem I have found on internet from other owners is that instead of paying the outrageous cost to fix, many drivers are doing the above, which is a dangerous situation because the shift lever can easily, accidentally be shifted into another gear while in motion ! this problem is caused be a metal pin, mounted in an inferior plastic piece, which breaks or otherwise allows the metal pin to fall out of position. This is reported in all year models, at all mileages. My car is a 2006 with 11000 miles- 7 years old, and obviously hardly used, let alone abused, and of course, out of warranty ! GM has upgraded the replacement part with a shroud of metal reinforcing the plastic, and has repaired and replaced under warranty on models from 2009 to date. This is obviously a design defect, and also a safety issue. GM needs to recall all models with this defect ! they are not offering any solution for a repair that many owners have paid up to $600 of their own money, and I for one am going to fight this in all ways possible. Gov.'t, media, BBB, social media, etc ! review the internet by searching " Chevy HHR ignition key stuck". this also affects Chevy cobalt and Pontiac G5.

- Huntley, IL, USA

problem #60

Nov 092012

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
I had came back home and put the car into park, I turned the engine off, and tried to pull out the key and the key was stuck in the on position.

- San Dimas, CA, USA

problem #59

Nov 092011


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. While parked, the contact attempted to exit the vehicle when the driver's side door handle fractured and became detached from the vehicle. Several weeks later, the failure occurred on the passenger's side door handle as well. The contact stated that months later she experienced issues with the key becoming stuck in the ignition while the vehicle was powered on and off. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000 and the current mileage was 75,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Orlando , FL, USA

problem #58

Jun 012012


  • 80,000 miles
Originally the power steering stopped working randomly when driving but now it stops working after 30 seconds or so every time car is started and failure alert is displayed. Also while driving the power door locks unlocked, the gauges stopped working, the car hard shifted down, and it also started to display it was running at least 20 degrees hotter than normal. This has happened twice but seems fine later.

- Spencer, MA, USA

problem #57

Oct 292012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Power steering message on dash; security light comes on; RPM, speed, and gas gauges jump, transmission jerks, clicking in center console under shifter. After turning engine off for period of time runs like normal, restart an drive for period of time and power steering goes out while driving.

- Knoxville, AR, USA

problem #56

Oct 162012


  • 125,324 miles
Chevrolet HHR's have a tsb on the rear liftgate not opening. It is faulty and many complaints I have found via google. If a child or animal is trapped in the rear they cannot get out, there is no pull lever to open the liftgate. They would have to climb over the seats to get out during a potential fire.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #55

Oct 192012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 29,000 miles
Water intrusion when raining leaks on electrical components like blower motor, wiring, insulation, and floor of passenger side..once the water corrodes the electrical components they stop working... GM Corp has this problem for over 20 years on several models and makes.. very bad design..they will not recall.. this can be serious safety issue.. if the electrical defrost motor will not work.. then you cannot see out the windshield.. crash can ensue.. they need to change the water evacuation system from below the windshield...see www.youtube.com/watch?V=fnykjlhusxi this is about others who have had this problem with many GM models...

- Woodstock, NY, USA

problem #54

Sep 122012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 200,000 miles
My wife was driving on the freeway going 70 mph and all the alarms, indicating lights came on and then the care loss power.

- Stanwood, WA, USA

problem #53

Apr 042012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
I was driving on interstate 195 in NJ & highspeed & power steering went out & whole dic instruments went haywire car started bucking & almost lost control of vehicle & went into other lane with on coming tractor trailer there. I pulled over & shut car off waited 5 mins & all was fine, I thoughtstrange so I continued & it did same thing 2 days later going 45 mph. Dealer cant solve it but its happening to lots of HHR on HHR forums. There all complaining about electronic power steering motor is bad & cost is over $500 to repair, however the Pontiac & Chevy cobalt which have same frame & parts as HHR are all being recalled but nothing about the HHR"?" how is this possible when the cobalt & HHR are same car but different body & made by GM. I know & see alot of older folks drive these HHR & I'm 6' 250 lbs & was able to handle this to safety but these older folks wont be so lucky. Its extremely dangerous to drive when the power steering goes out when your doing 70 on an interstate with everyone doing same speed & sometimes faster. Something must be done from GM to correct this problem when 100-1000 are experiencing same problem & that the cobalt has been recalled but not the HHR & its the same exact car. I hope it gets resolved before someone gets killed or badly injured, concerned HHR owner.

- Jackson, NJ, USA

problem #52

May 082012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
This vehicle was being towed behind a motorhome. When we arrived at our destination the battery was dead. The battery is located in the rear hatch section. We were able to manually unlock the driver door with a key. There is no key lock on the outside to the hatch section to access the battery to charge it. I climbed inside the car and got into the back hatch area to locate a manual lock (there was none ),. I was trapped, and then had to get back to the front to get out the driver's door. If there was an accident and that was the only way to get out of the vehicle, I would be trapped inside. I have tried to contact Chevy about this problem, but have not heard anything to date.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

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