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 9 of 9)

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problem #11

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 #10

Mar 012007


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. While driving 20 mph over a hole or dip in the road, the entire vehicle stalled and shut off. The weather was not a factor. The stalling occurred at least three times within one week. The vehicle cannot be restarted once it shut off. There were no warning indicators prior to the failure. The dealer does not know the cause of the failure or the remedy. The failure mileage was 53,000. The consumer stated the vehicle was having several issues with the cam sensor, wheels, a broken hub bearing, bent rotors and an issue with removing the key from the ignition, due to the shift cable not staying secured. The check engine light illuminated, the inside driver door handle would not open the door, the passenger side back would not stay secured. Updated 06/25/08

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #9

Jul 192007

HHR 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. While driving through a car wash, the engine and traction control light illuminated and allowed the contact to remove the key from the ignition. As a result, the vehicle lost total power. He notified General Motors and aaa to jump start the vehicle. The owner's manual stated that this may occur if one were to drive through a puddle of water. It also stated that the engine may stall and cause the electrical system to collect water and moisture. General Motors stated that the failure was a manufacturer defect, but they did not know how to correct the failure. The dealer and manufacturer advised him to drive around in order to dry off the electrical system. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 15,000 and current mileage was 20,000. Updated 02-06-08.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #8

Nov 222007

HHR 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Three times previously and again in the past week for the 4th time my 2006 Chevrolet HHR has been taken in to the dealers service department for the same problem-- which I believe is a very dangerous problem and which the service department can not identify. My 2006 HHR has the propensity to "turn itself off" while being driven on roads or highways. This tends to occur when crossing over small potholes, bumps or joints in the road. The first 2 times that the auto was taken in to service department they said no problem could be identified. The third time, in December 2006, they stated that there was a problem with a "ground" wire and they said that they had fixed the problem. However in the past months intermittently the car has again had episodes of "turning itself off" and these episodes have been increasing in frequency and have become extremely scary. On 11/22/07 while being driven on divided superhighways at speeds 55-65 mph, approximately 10 times after crossing over joints in the roadway or small potholes or bumps in the road the car totally turned itself off. The electrical system seemed to fail with headlights and dashboard lights going off, radio going off, and engine turning off completely). Luckily no one crashed into the car while it had turned itself off on the busy superhighway-- even though the car was still gliding forward on the highway without power. The car was taken 11/23/07 again (for the 4 the time in the past 2 years) to fitzgerald auto mall in frederick, Maryland to try to have them fix the problem. Today the service manager reported no problem with the car could be identified. I believe that this vehicle unsafe to drive since it unpredictably turns itself off. I believe there is some as yet unidentified electrical system problem that is very dangerous in this vehicle, and it is just a miracle that no one has been killed yet.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #7

Jul 122006

HHR 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,500 miles
The outside temp indicator stopped working. The dealer replaced a "body control module" this caused the cruise control to stop working. 1 "electronic control module" was installed. Problem still existed. A second ECM was installed and the cruise once again works, however now my driving lights no longer work. It will be returned to the dealer for a time to try to get all the electronics to work as they should.

- Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA

problem #6

Dec 262006

HHR 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2006 HHR lt. History of ABS/brake/front end component failures and electronic malfunctions since purchase in winter of 2005. When applying brakes steering wheel shook hard from L to R and brakes grabbed/released. Dealer found rotors warped at less than 10K miles. Warranty repair/resurface. Problems continued: ABS engaged on dry pavement under 10 mph but would not engage at road speeds with brakes heavily applied. At same time, pedal went to floor. Ase certified GM mechanics told me this was impossible - until service manager test drove and concluded pedal goes to floor; car is unsafe to drive. Claim opened/resolved with GM. Dealer found defective wheel hub assembly (left) that caused ABS failure below 8K miles. (no accident) next failure occurred in the right wheel hub assembly and an accident resulted. GM and the dealer claim no defect but only error code is right front ABS failure with prior 7 pages history of ABS/brake/electronic problems (submitted to ins company and GM and in possession of the dealer). This failure resulted in an accident with substantial damage to the wheels/rims/undercarriage of the vehicle. GM and the dealer concluded - without bench testing the right wheel hub assembly - that there was no defect; however, the only error code recorded is an ABS failure (claim opened with GM). GM and dealer have called to see how the vehicle is doing - I declined to commit saying that I would be making a determination as to the vehicle's performance shortly. Good thing - the steering wheel shakes from left to right on application of the brakes and the brakes pulse as if the wheels are no longer round (grab and release). These are the same symptoms that occurred when the rotors when out of spec. It is my suspicion that the rotors have again gone out of spec and that the ABS/braking component failures are continuing with this vehicle. I am about to take the car to an independent mechanic for evaluation.

- West Wareham, MA, USA

problem #5

Sep 012006

HHR 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles


One day the radio would not change stations, I used the control on the steering wheel and radio turned up all the way and would not turn down until I pulled over and shut the car off. Took the car to dealer they tested and ordered a new radio. Not installed yet. A few days later the interior lights got real dim and would not get brighter unless I turned the auto lights off. This happened several times. About a week later, went out to start the car it would not start and the key got stuck in the ignition, called roadside assistance they jumped it and took it to dealer who said it was a loose ground. The radio quit working all together. Two days later it would not start again so I jumped it and it started. The radio started working as I was driving down the road. Four days later car would not start and we called roadside assistance again. They came and jumped it and towed it to dealer again where it is now.

- Clinton, IA, USA

problem #4

May 052006

HHR 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2006 Chevy HHR shuts off while driving.

- Lake Mary, FL, USA

problem #3

Mar 232006

HHR 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 834 miles
(1) none, it just stopped working. (2) outside air temperature indicator does not work, temperature stays the same for several days. It might change to the correct temperature or just change a few degrees when it feels like it. (3) dealer replaced outside air temperature sensor. It worked ok for 4 days. Stopped working again.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #2

May 022006

HHR 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,200 miles
: the contact stated while driving at various speeds the engine lost all power without warning four times. The vehicle was safely pulled off the road each time. On three occasions the vehicle restarted immediately when it was put into neutral; on the forth occasion the vehicle sat for 45 minutes and then restarted while in park. It was taken to the dealer after each failure. The dealer installed an event data recorder in the vehicle to be manually started in the event of a failure. The edr did record the fourth failure however was unable to duplicate and repair the problem.

- Boyertown, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 272006

HHR 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 860 miles
: the contact stated the door alarm will not sound until the back door is ajar six inches. The dealer determined this was how the vehicle was designed. No repairs were made.

- Pocono Summit, PA, USA

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