really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,667 miles

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2007 Chevrolet HHR electrical problems

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2007 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #15

Mar 042013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


While driving power steering began cutting out and then would come back on after restarting, but eventually failed completely. The car is now very difficult to steer at slow speeds or hard turns. Apparently this model has a history with this problem but GM will not cover it.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #14

Feb 102013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 153 miles
Dash lights up on message board power steering, it quits work, but will turn manually but hard. Cut the car off and start again and it works"??? some said it the square fuse gone and to replace it???"

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #13

Feb 282012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 22,590 miles
Ignition key stuck in ignition. Couldn't remove it. Took it to dealer, friendly Chevrolet to have them look at it. The Chevrolet mechanic found the park lock switch defective on the transmission shifter. The transmission shifter assembly had to be replaced. The service writer said it's a common ocurance on coblt and Hhrs. An internet search provided the same results; a common problem with these cars. If you can't get the key out you can't leave your car.

- Blaine, MN, USA

problem #12

Sep 102012


  • 53,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while parked he was unable to remove the key from the ignition. The contact had to shut the engine off and restart the vehicle various times in order to remove the key. The failure occured intermittently but had become progressively worse with time. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 53,000.

- Ruskin, FL, USA

problem #11

Dec 282011


  • 133,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the power steering light illuminated and the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was maneuvered to the shoulder and shut off. The contact also stated that the key would not remove from the ignition once the vehicle was shut off. The vehicle was then towed to an independent mechanic and they were unable to diagnose the ignition failure. The mechanic did, however, state that the power steering motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 133,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Owings, MD, USA

problem #10

Oct 222011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The power steering indicator came on and then the power steering went out. I took the car to an auto parts store, a worker there said that Chevy had a recall on the cobalt for the same issue, but there is no recall for the Chevy HHR. There are other people with this same issue.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #9

Aug 192011


  • 43,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the speedometer displayed incorrect readings, the steering wheel would become difficult to turn, and the vehicle would stall. In addition, the check engine light would illuminate on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they were unable to duplicate the failure because the failure occurred on an intermittent basis. The failure and the current mileages were 43,000.

- Bay , AR, USA

problem #8

Jan 072011

HHR 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,600 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that he was unable to remove the key from the ignition. He depressed an unknown switch under the steering column and was finally able to remove the key. The manufacturer was contacted and referred him to the dealer for further assistance. The dealer replaced the shifter assembly. The failure mileage was 32,600 and the current mileage was 32,700. Updated 12/19/11 the consumer stated the problem was the gear shift control. When the micro safety switch was inoperative, the gear shift lever may be moved from park all the way through the other gears. If the emergency brake was not set, the vehicle would move. Updated 02/04/15

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #7

Dec 212010

HHR 4-cyl

  • 100,339 miles
Key will not remove from lock in ignition when car is placed in park.

- Coraopolis, PA, USA

problem #6

Dec 172010


  • 92,000 miles
2007 Chevrolet HHR the shifter will not lock into gear and key is stuck in ignition. This is a major safety hazard as seeing while you are driving you can go into any gear at anytime if it is accidentally bumped which can cause a major accident. I had to unhook the battery to turn everything off since the key will not come out of ignition.

- Breckenridge, MI, USA

problem #5

Sep 102009


  • 18,000 miles


Driving 2007 Chevy HHR car completely quits running - stalls in traffic. It has occurred at least 5 times on side streets and in 40 mph traffic - very dangerous.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #4

Mar 202009


  • miles
While working on my car and cleaning I discovered I am driving a bomb. The battery is located in the spare tire compartment directly over the gas tank a rear end collision would set off an immediate fire or exlplosion from an electrical short, spark, or battery explosion, should the gas tank or any connections to be broken.

- Coffeyville, KS, USA

problem #3

Jan 102009


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the key fails to release from the ignition unless a button under the steering wheel is touched. The contact also hears a strange noise underneath the front driver's side of the vehicle. The noise is heard each morning, when driving over bumps, and after the vehicle has been parked for days. The VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 50,000.

- Tuckerton, NJ, USA

problem #2

Sep 062008


  • 48,000 miles
The Chevy HHR should be recalled I will right to my congressman, new paper my senator and everyone else until you recall the Chevy HHR for cutting off for no apparent reason while driving, I almost got into an accident while driving and my car shut off when passing over a bump, or driving in front of a truck and it just shutting off, it has shut off approx 28 times and still going strong and no one wants to do anything not even GM and other GM owners have the same problem corroded plugs, faulty remote controls key fob battery low, gear shift had to be change, does some have to die for help or be mauled in a accident. When are you going to do something. GM don't car the dealer says I was sold a demo car but it was a rental car. They lie, white Chevrolet in roanoke rapids nc they need to buy the car back and reimburse me for the headaches and inconvenience.

- Roanoke Rapids, NC, USA

problem #1

Aug 102007

HHR 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,700 miles
Car still has paper tags, had 3K miles and it just stopped working the traction control light came on, engine would not idle and ran rough. We took it to the dealer who said a crank sensor went out, it took four days to get the part in and they have replaced it. We will see ho it goes!

- Haslet, TX, USA

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