definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,228 miles

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2008 Chevrolet HHR electrical problems

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2008 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 112013


  • miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the ignition failed to turn to the on position. The contact received recall notifications for NHTSA campaign number: 14V0470000 (electrical system) and NHTSA campaign number: 14V171000 (air bags, electrical system). The parts needed for the repairs were unavailable. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Bellwood , IL, USA

problem #6

Aug 232012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
This car is a safety hazard going down road. I bought it new in 2008. Rotors & brakes are horrible - have to have repaired multiple times. Bearings have went out, replaced & one went out again. I spend approx 1200 dollars a year just to get shaking out of front end, turning rotors & tires. But that isn't really the problem I am reporting: Was having trouble with ignition switch - it was recalled - took it to dealer to have it replaced - understand that I was having no problems with car at this time - upon leaving dealers and within 15 miles power steering light comes on & I lose power steering. Now my power steering goes out unexpectedly whenever it decides to. Took back to dealer because I felt this was something they messed up and was told this is just a problem with Hhrs and that power steering motor needs to be replaced. After researching this...it is very common with this car, along with brake issues, severe shaking in front, bearings going out and many other problems that I have also had. I realize my car is high mileage, I work as a home health nurse & use this car for work, but I do keep it maintained. I hope that I will be able to get into different car before I get in accident in this one.

- Lufkin, TX, USA

problem #5

Apr 152012

HHR 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the ignition became stuck as he attempted to shut off the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the ignition was repaired. The failure mileage was 45,000 and the current mileage was 46,000. Updated 7/26/12

- Gardner, MA, USA

problem #4

May 072010


  • 45,000 miles


My 2008 HHR has 45000 miles and is a year and half old. The ignition locked up and I can place my key into the ignition but not turn on. I called road side assistance and since I have more miles than the warranty, I have to pay over $600 to get a problem fixed that seems to happen to a lot of people. I was a Chevy guy, however I know now that since many are having this problem and have to pay for it themselves. I will never pay another Chevy. Poor quality and poor customer service.

- Fort Smith, AR, USA

problem #3

Aug 052009


  • 40,218 miles
Ignition lock assembly failed and car would not turn off - key was stuck in the "on" position.

- New Berlin, WI, USA

problem #2

Aug 192009


  • 17,000 miles
Ignition switch locked.

- Chester, VA, USA

problem #1

Feb 122009

HHR 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,377 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the key would not turn in the ignition. In addition, the steering wheel and gear shift would lock. The dealer could not duplicate the failures. The manufacturer stated that the failure was a common issue with her model vehicle; however, there were no recalls. General Motors advised the contact to drive into a parking spot in a straight position and ensure that the wheels were also straight. Afterwards, the contact was informed to wiggle the key. After ten minutes, she was able to remove the key from the ignition, but the vehicle would not start once she inserted the key again. The failure mileage was 11,377 and current mileage was 24,000. Updated 8/18/09 the dealer replaced the ignition lock cylinder. Updated 08/21/09.

- Richmond, MI, USA

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