hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
112,347 miles

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2008 Chevrolet HHR fuel system problems

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2008 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 162016


  • 170,000 miles


I bought this vehicle new...it is now 8 years old...170,000 miles...it is driven in the northern il area mchenry county...I put about 80 miles per day on the unit...for the past 4 months my fuel mileage has dropped from 26 mpg to 22mpg...so I tuned up the unit and the mpg remained the same...on 11-16-2016, I was driving down route 12 headed home, my right rear tire sensor came on so I pulled into a best buy parking lot to check the tire, it might be going flat. As I was down on the ground looking for a nail in the tire, I saw a wet spot on the pavement in front of the left rear tire... I went there to check out what that might be and it was fresh gasoline...then looking under the vehicle I saw a pulsating flow of gas coming from the steel fuel line mounted to the bottom of the floor at a plastic retainer holding 2 fuel lines coming from the fuel tank headed to the engine along with 2 brake lines...I drove the HHR home and inspected the fuel line carefully... it was rusted completely thru inside the plastic line retainer...the retainer seems to be the problem...it catches and holds road salt inside the retainer...it took 8 years to rust completely thru the fuel line...a great fire hazard...I'm very lucky that my tire sensor made me look under the HHR and see gasoline leaking... I called GM customer service and they will not except responsibly for rusted fuel lines... its not under warranty...I told them that it took 8 years to rust...they said that it has 170,000... it past its life span...it's 8 years old...what do I expect...I told them that I expect fuel lines to last for ever... it's the 21 century...interesting the 2 metal brake lines in the same retainer are in perfect condition...they seem to be powder coated, so why not the fuel lines. 2 things that we need, is to stop the vehicle, and no gasoline leaking on the pavement...I have pictures of the fuel line

- Mchenry, IL, USA

problem #6

Sep 112016


  • 123,027 miles
Fuel lines in front of drivers side rear wheel completely corroded thru. Partially due to heat shroud, rubber covered with foil, installed due to lose proximity to exhaust pipe. Return line started leaking, pressure line broke in half during removal. Chevy disavows all responsibility although the rest of the lines are not rusted. Heat shroud contained road salt, sand and gravel when removed. Corrosion was exfoliate in nature. On line research shows at least one instance of a HHR catching fire due to this. Problem was discovered after smelling fuel and discovering fuel leaking under vehicle. Author of report has been working on cars for 45 years and has held an a&P certificate for over 40 yrs. Have never seen 8 year old fuel lines in this condition. Black coated brake lines running next to fuel lines were completely unaffected. As previously stated there are many texts online concerning this issue, all received the same lack of concern from GM, including their customer service line.

- West Milton, OH, USA

problem #5

Jul 142016


  • 146,000 miles
I started smelling gas inside/outside of vehicle after shutting it off. When starting the vehicle the exhaust sounds rough. I took my vehicle to an independent mechanic and a Chevrolet dealership and found that the gas lines near the rear driver side tire are rusted and have also damaged my exhaust manifold which is also causing the vehicle to sputter when accelerating. Because the problems are due to GM's poor job of designing this unsafe vehicle this issue should not be the vehicle owners responsibility, it should be recalled.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #4

Dec 012015


  • 140,000 miles


Started smelling gas smell when walking up to vehicle after sitting...including smell within the cabin. Did a little research and found many complaints about rusted gas lines near the rear driver side tire and sure enough when looking there I could now see on the ground where gas was dripping. The lines are partially covered with what seems like a heat shield...yup...my guess would be because the hot exhaust pipe runs near it. The heat shield I believe seems to hold moisture against the lines and condensation and I'm guessing it defeats the purpose when the line is now rusted through and is dripping gas near the exhaust pipe. Very poor and dangerous design.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #3

Oct 252015


  • miles
Since2006 fuel lines continue to rot out spraying fuel on exhaust

- New Bedford, MA, USA

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problem #2

Jul 312015


  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. While in park, the vehicle failed to start intermittently. In addition, the contact noticed fuel fumes emitting from the vehicle fuel was leaking from underneath the vehicle. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the fuel lines were corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 83,000.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 122015

HHR 4-cyl

  • 124,400 miles
My Chevy HHR developed a leak in the fuel line - just behind the rear driver's side tire. When looking this up on line, I was shocked at how many others had reported the same complaint. The leak was only visible to me when the car was parked on an incline (spotted 3-25-15). However, it had trouble starting for about 2 weeks prior - the dealer confirmed this was due to gas leaking out the line. The fuel line and the canister purge line both needed replaced.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

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