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 7 of 9)

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problem #51

Jul 122012


  • 142,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that she was unable to remove the key from the ignition. In order to remove the key, the contact had to shift in and out of park several times. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 142,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #50

May 152012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 90,150 miles
I am a 35 year old mother of 3 and I recently had a dangerous close call while driving my 2006 Chevy HHR. I was driving with my children on board and I suddenly lost power steering. I quickly managed to control my vehicle but it was a close call. I took my vehicle to my nearest Chevy dealer for inspection. I was told what was the exact problem with the steering column and the estimated cost of repair would be $1600. I went home and quickly researched into the problem. I found out that I was not the only owner of a Chevy HHR to have this similiar problem. I found out also that the Chevy cobalt (which also has the same steering column) has a recall on it but not the Chevy HHR. It is only logical that the Chevy HHR should have a recall also because the steering column is identical. Public safety should be the number one concern.

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #49

Oct 112011


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced an intermittent failure in which the ignition would not shut off. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was informed of how to release the key through the steering column. The dealer showed the contact how to take off the panel below the steering column, where a switch could be engaged to shut off the vehicle. The contact stated that the make shift remedy only functioned successfully for a short period of time. The vehicle had been taken back to the dealer. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 104,000. Updated 05/31/12

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #48

Apr 102012


  • 154,000 miles


Display showed power steering error and transmission box was clicking. Car started bucking as if transmission was going out. Took to dealer who could not replicate error after three days. Picked up car and now cd player shows err O. this is frustrating as heck! dealer did say that there was a bulletin that 2006 HHR's did have this type of problem. Dealer rep. Owns 2007 HHR and hoped he did not have the same issue. Spent over $700 total and problem still there" Chevrolet / GM where is your loyalty to your loyal customers" issue a recall and fix these issues before there are deaths because of them and you are forced to do what is right by the gov.'t.

- Plumas Lake, CA, USA

problem #47

Aug 192009


  • 60,000 miles
The key will not come out of the ignition at times. I take the vehicle out of drive and put it in park several times and do the same with the brakes before the key will come out. My mechanic has said that it is a brake issue and not the transmission.

- Horseshoe Bend, ID, USA

problem #46

Feb 242012

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2006 Chevy HHR with 44,000 miles. While driving the power steering light came on the dash, then the power steering went out, almost causing me to loose control of the car in a curve. I am a 65 year old female, I do not have the strength in my arms to maneuver a vehicle that looses power steering unexpectedly. I made it home and did a search on the internet for a recall, I found where GM recalled 1.3 million cobalts with the same electric motor as the HHR, however, there is no recall for the HHR. GM is well aware of the problem. HHR owners are all over the internet complaining about this power steering problem. I am told that it could cost over $2000 to fix this problem.I am a senior citizen with a limited income, I can't afford to pay to have the car fixed or to purchase a new vehicle. I read on the internet that several people have already been hurt due to this defect. This is a very serious safety problem that needs to be addresses by GM and fixed as soon as possible, before someone is seriously injured or killed. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #45

Dec 162011


  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the battery died without warning. The battery was replaced, but the vehicle could not be started. The engine shut down warning light was also illuminated. The contact spoke with the manufacturer in regards to the failure and the manufacturer advised that the engine would need to be reset. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Peralta, NM, USA

problem #44

Nov 052011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
I put my car in park and when I went to take the key out of the ignition it would not come out. I realized that the key would not come out because the gear shifter piece was pushed all the way in, it was broke. This meant that my car was left on and the battery was drained because I could not turn my car off. Now my car will not start at all the battery is charged but the car will not turnover. I have looked online and have found that there are many complaints concerning the same problem with this vehicle. I am told by the dealership that I have to pay $710 to have this problem fixed. Can you please look into this because this seems to be a big problem.

- Claymont, DE, USA

problem #43

Oct 132011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 45,560 miles
Key doesn't come out of ignition, blinkers do not turn off on own. Have to manually turn off blinkers. Key get stuck in ignition, luckily went online to see about the problem and found hundreds of people with same issue. A quick video showed me that the defect happens to a lot of people and you have to go under the steering column and pop off a cover and manually push a little button to pop the key out of the ignition, the car will continue to run, if you don't do this!

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #42

Jun 012011


  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the key would become stuck in the ignition and the vehicle could not be turned off. The contact has to continuously move the shifter through the gears and turn the vehicle on and off several times before the key could be released from the ignition. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 34,000 and the current mileage was 35,000.

- Norwood, OH, USA

problem #41

Sep 092011


  • 13,132 miles


Key stuck in ignition, key will not turn to off position to allow removal of key. Have to use "column lock release" on steering column to trip plunger to allow removal of key. Have service appointment at jim sigel Chevrolet. Grants pass, Oregon. For Sept. 19. 2011 ( next Monday ) for complete replacement of the shifter (automatic trans. ) posts on the internet indicate 6 out of 10 HHR's have this failure. This vehicle is beyond the calendar warranty of 36 months. But it sure is under the mileage warranty of 36000.

- O'brien, OR, USA

problem #40

Aug 102011


  • miles
I am scared, for my family's safety fear that this vehicle will stall and we will crash or be hit by some one...when a vehicle stalls you loose all power...that is power steering, brakes.....the ability to maintain control of your vehicle I am attaching a link that GM should review.....danger this vehicle is an accident waiting to happen !!!!!!!!!!!!! copy this link to your web browser http-//abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/abc11_investigates&id=6811236 if you would prefer I can send a typed transcript (word for word) of this news broadcast? I will not allow my wife and kids life to be put in danger, by letting them ride in this vehicle this vehicle is unsafe and should be recalled the link I am attaching shows a news broadcast in raleigh nc. On channel 11 news !!!!! involving number 12 issue on my long list below with the Chevy HHR stalling while driving..... I purchased a 2006 Chevy HHR lt, in 2007. Since I have purchased this vehicle the following issues have occurred. Mileage on car 33,346 1) the key locked up in ignition..9/06/07 2) shifter froze up and would not come out of park.. 9/06/07 3) headliner trim ? energy absorption capability 4) front end and whole car started to shake when applying brake..9/06/07 dealer turned rotors( but did not fix issue) 5) replaced driver side running board..9/06/07. 6) got in vehicle one morning tried to take kids to school, vehicle would not go over 15 mph, had towed back to lawson Chevrolet. Working on getting date/mileage..this issue occurred twice before.

- Cosby, TN, USA

problem #39

Jul 192011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 58,255 miles
2006 Chevy HHR :: problem :: power steering message on dash and hard to steer, ABS light on, transmission making car buck while driving, and speedometer is bouncing. This is the second time it has happened, last time dealer found only "communication codes" and did not fix anything so nothing was covered by the extended warranty. That was 9 months ago at 50140 miles.

- Weare, NH, USA

problem #38

May 212011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 60,100 miles
Driving normal on highway hit a small bump 2006 Chevy HHR stalled, second time this happened first time no bump occurred but car stalled, in both cases was able to restart car by putting it in neutral and turning the key.

- Malverne, NY, USA

problem #37

Apr 092009


  • 45,000 miles
Had to jump battery and lost power steering after the jump. Car was 2.5 years old. I replaced fuse under the hood and in the center console. Nothing helps.

- Clovis, CA, USA

problem #36

Jun 152010


  • miles
Key does not come out ignition, have to push safety button under steering wheel to release keys

- Caledonia, NY, USA

problem #35

Feb 152010


  • 21,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated while attempting to exit the vehicle, from the drivers side, the interior door handle fractured. The contact was unable to access the exterior door handle and fifteen minutes later, he was assisted in exiting the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for the failure where he was advised that the entire door would need replacing in order to correct the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and the door handle remained fractured. In addition, the keys would sporadically become stuck in the ignition and the contact would have to engage the emergency release button in order to disengage the keys. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where he was advised that the ignition lock cylinder and remote would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 21,000 and the current mileage was 27,920. Updated 05/25/11 updated 1/5/12

- Newark, CA, USA

problem #34

Jan 022009

HHR 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Few issues that several people also have discussed on the web: **transmission hard shifting. Still an issue, garages and dealer have not been able to resolve * not coming out of ignition. Recent issue not fixed yet. May be transmission interlock issue based on internet discussions **leak and water gets in car. Gets my heat blower wet and blows out a part and I only have off and high fan settings. Ongoing issue as well.

- Zieglerville, PA, USA

problem #33

Jan 012011


  • 38,000 miles
2006 Chevrolet HHR. Consumer states several problems with vehicle the consumer stated his sons vehicle had a severe shimmy in the steering wheel and became progressively worse when the brake was applied. The pads and rotors were replaced twice and the third time the rotors were machined, but the problem continued. There was also a strange noise coming from the front suspension, but the dealer was unable to pinpoint the problem. At 42,000 miles the air condition made a loud screeching noise for 2 minutes, then stopped working. At 68,000 miles, a metal skid plate had fallen from underneath the vehicle. Soon after, the exhaust was very loud. The vehicle was taken to the repair shop and the consumer was informed the catalytic converter had cracked. The vehicle lost power and a cylinder had to be replaced, the check engine light would come on and then go off, the temperature gauge did not work, so the air condition only worked if the check engine light was off. The door locks did not work, the radio worked intermittently, the sun visor would fall down at random times. There were times when the vehicle would not start. The consumer stated even with an alignment, new struts, shocks and good tires, the vehicle continually pulled to the right.

- Keller, TX, USA

problem #32

Nov 012010


  • 149,000 miles
Power steering went out turning. Made it hard to steer, almost hit another car. You can cut car off to restart the ps.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

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