really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 4
Average Mileage:
61,785 miles

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2006 Chevrolet HHR electrical problems

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2006 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 1 of 10)

problem #183

Mar 172020


  • 101,000 miles


Air bag light has come on while driving most of the time now and lights and electrical has gone haywire lights flashing and door locks opening on their own.

- St. Charles, MO, USA

problem #182

Oct 102018


  • 96,000 miles
Ignition switch was involved in recall a few years back and dealership say they replaced it but now I'm having problems out of switch again when I take key out ignition and open driver door the chime comes on like key is still in ignition switch and door will not lock when I hit door lock all 3 other door lock but not driver door and its draining battery because it's still telling key is in ignition when it's not if I turn it back and forth a few times sometimes it will lock and the chime will stop

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #181

Sep 242018


  • 128,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the vehicle's kill system activated while driving 65 mph. The vehicle was pulled over and towed to leo martin Chevrolet (217 tx-332, lake jackson, tx 77566, (979) 230-2500). The dealer repaired the kill switch system, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and then taken to an independent mechanic. The mechanic performed diagnostic testing and the security system was rebooted. The vehicle was tested and returned to the contact. The manufacturer had not been contacted. The failure mileage was 128,000.

- Brazoria, TX, USA

problem #180

Feb 062018


  • 200,000 miles


Once to take the key out the car still running, once you start it the alarm stays on for 3min

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #179

Jan 072018


  • 176,000 miles
We was going down he road it just switched off I couldn't turn the steering wheel and I had to stand on the breakes.I could have seriously hurt someone or my self if not worse and I hit a curve hard.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #178

Aug 232017


  • 200,000 miles
While driving down the road we had a handful of times where the lights would flicker. We were told we had to replace the headlight/blinker switch as it was faulty due to this vehicle having the "lights- auto on/off" switch located on this. We did, it didn't fix it. We were told loose headlight bulbs. Replaced, still happens. Only now, we have zero dim lights but only headlights if we turn on highbeams (brights). Still, we get the flickering headlights, this doesn't effect the blinker lights, yellow running lights or seem to effect the brake lights. Part of the auto lights deal is when it's dark, it will dim the dash lights so they aren't intrusive to your driving, but if it's broad daylight, they will brighten so your able to see them. I'll start the vehicle, and the dash will be completely dim, so dim you can barely see it. After driving a good length of time (at least 30 minutes!) they'll flash between bright and dim, daylight or dark this happens. This also happens when the headlights go completely out. They claim all fuses are fine and wording harness is fine but, obviously it's not. I have been reading some forums in the chevyhhr.net and I am not the only person with this issue. This has caused someone to nearly hit me head on as I was trying to move off the road due to my headlights going out, and they were attempting to pass a vehicle, and had to move to my lane to do so! I have children, and after school activities end when the sun is going down/it's dark out so to travel home, the sun is off the horizon and it's pitch black out. This also seems to cause my battery to drain, and need a jump daily. I was told my battery needed replaced, did that still no fix, told it was my alternator, still isn't fixed. Than I was told I must be leaving internal lights on when exiting the car. Something is not right with this vehicle and it is very unsafe!

- Remus, MI, USA

problem #177

Sep 142017


  • 189,000 miles


Power steering constantly goes while driving. There will be a ding and it will just cut out... why doesn't this have an recall on it"???" its seriously dangerous. Took it to dealer it will cost over 500 to fix. I can barely driving it a block without the power steering going out. It starts 4 mins after driving car... please help and fix!!! this is dangerous.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #176

Oct 142017


  • 120,900 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the key failed to eject from the ignition. In addition, a warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,900.

- Eligin, IL, USA

problem #175

May 272017


  • 139,000 miles
My 2006 Chevrolet HHR's display kept flashing "check charge sys" and "battery saver on." A mechanic said to replace the battery. I did before embarking on a 200-mile weekend trip. About 30 miles into the trip, both displays returned. But the HHR performed normally. About 170 miles into my trip, I stopped to eat. My HHR would not crank. A teen offered a jump. Car started, but the gear lock kept it in park. With modest pressure, I was able to shift. About 3 miles later on a divided highway, I experienced difficult steering, door locks went up and down, then silence. Everything shut down. Luckily, traffic was light and from the right lane, I was able to steer my HHR off the highway. Had this been at night, in heavy traffic, rain or at a higher speed, I believe my life or others would have been in danger. My car was towed, and this mechanic replaced the alternator. Chevrolet's display should have warned "alternator failure." And my gear lock was so flimsy, it failed in preventing me from driving. Now, I have a gear shift with no protection from accidental shifting, and my key is stuck in the ignition. I do not wish to be a statistic. Please feel free to contact me if further details are needed.

- Clayton, GA, USA

problem #174

Sep 102014


  • miles
When local dealer put in the recall ignition switch the blinker switch works off + on and electrical system acting weird plus the switch is not working as it should example you can take key out of ignition switch as the is on + driving! also GM customers services said the installation was a one time deal! I saw that this was a lifetime item to be fixed? so bottom iine car switch didn't have that problems before they installed the recalled switch. So what options do I have since it's their faulty part causing numerous electrical problems didn't have beforehand!

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #173

Apr 012016


  • 115,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 75 mph, the vehicle suddenly shut off. The failure had occurred on multiple occasions. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #172

Oct 202016

HHR 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Driving at 70 mph on freeway and suddenly "engine power reduced" warning comes on display and I can't accelerate. The engine cut off. On the freeway. This is not safe (obviously) and I don't see myself buying another Chevy again. I have a family and this problem could kill us all.

- Granada Hills, CA, USA

problem #171

Aug 122016


  • 119,985 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. While driving 80 mph, the vehicle lost power and stalled without warning. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was previously serviced for NHTSA campaign number: 14V632000 (electrical system); however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 119,985.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #170

Jun 012016


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. While driving unknown speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was repaired per NHTSA campaign number: 14V171000 (electrical system); however, the failure recurred several times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #169

Jul 052016


  • 100,000 miles
2006 Chevy HHR is having electrical issues. The eps was replaced and now when I am drive the insrument panel needles move back and forth, power steering and other indicators light up and car cuts off. Had several tune-ups and the problem is happening.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #168

Nov 092015


  • 147,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact indicated that there had been no failures with the vehicle until the manufacturer had the dealer complete a manufacturer recall repair for the ignition switch. The repair caused several failures and did not provide a permanent repair solution. Within weeks of the dealer's repair, the key was difficult to remove from the ignition switch and the contact had to constantly maneuver the gear shift, which had also been an issue. In addition, the speedometer failed to provide a reading and the instrument cluster gauges failed to fully function after the repair. The contact was unable to determine what the solution would be to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified. The NHTSA campaign number was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 147,000.

- Medford, NY, USA

problem #167

Feb 232016


  • 24,400 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the vehicle caught fire while the contact and her sister were in the vehicle. The contact stated that the fire affected the engine compartment and was extinguished by pedestrians. A fire report was not filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where the failure was not determined. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was approximately 24,400.

- Hilo, HI, USA

problem #166

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 #165

Feb 092016


  • 125,000 miles
My car was involved in the ignition recall...took it in had it all fixed. Now that same switch has gone faulty again. The car will not turn over. Acts just like the starter is going out, it slow to start and gets worse and worse till it will no longer start. I have had the battery replaced and starter(due to that seemed to be the issue. After digging deeper into the diagnostic code I have discovered that switch keeps coming up as an issue.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #164

Jun 012013


  • 88,000 miles
After abiding by the recall to change the ignition switch, the car starts freaking out randomly. The dash lights start going on and off. Loose power steering, power brakes and the car just stops. You can be going 70 miles an hour down the highway and the car just gives out. The dealership refuses to fix it unless I am willing to pay all the fees. I had a second dealership replace some fuses but after 2 days it started doing it again. After the first episodes, I called and opened a ticket with Chevrolet, but because the dealership I used didn't want to mess with the car any more they were not very helpful. Now I am driving a death trap because I can't afford a new car and I won't let my children drive or be in the car.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

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