really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,839 miles

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2009 Chevrolet HHR electrical problems

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2009 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments (Page 6 of 6)

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problem #18

Jul 072011


  • 45,752 miles


On May 26th of 2011, I bought a 2009 Chevy HHR. Actual miles was 43K. It now has 45K. I have not even made my first payment on the car when I experienced a problem. On July 7 after I arrived at work, I put the car in park and the key would not turn to shut the engine off. I had to disconnect the battery to shut the engine off so I could finish my work day. Got the car home and had to disconnect the battery again. When I contacted a Chevy dealership and spoke with the service personnel about my car not shutting off, he said, ¿let me guess, the key is stuck in the ignition¿" I said yes and he quoted the price would be 3 or 4 hundred dollars to fix it. On July 8th, we had to have the car towed to a Chevy dealership. Even the tow truck driver knew about the problem and said, ¿that is one of the reasons we have to tow in the Hhrs¿. on July 7th pm, I got on the internet and discovered that I was not the only one to experience this problem with the key stuck in the ignition. There have been many complaints about this. To my understanding, Chevy knows about this problem but has failed to put out a recall. I do not have a lot of money. I am on a tight budget as many people are. I had to borrow the money to get the car fixed. It is a shame the quality of making a car has gone down hill. I think that Chevy should fix this problem so that it does not reoccur again. I also think that people should be reimbursed for the money that they have had to spend on getting this problem fixed. So, my question for you is, how many complaints must it take for you to address this problem and issue out a recall" Chevy should ¿man up¿ and take responsibility for this problem.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #17

Jul 012011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
I arrived home at 2:30am and my car would not turn off. The keys were stuck in the ignition. I had it towed to the dealership that night. The service department called me in the morning to inform me that this is not covered under warranty. I have been on the phone all morning trying to get this issue resolved. Still no resolve!!!

- La Habra, CA, USA

problem #16

Jun 112011


  • 33,052 miles
Key stuck in the on position, couldn't shut off engine. Took HHR to repair shop.

- Walnut, CA, USA

problem #15

May 212011


  • miles


The keys are stuck in the ignition of the car. We have tried to used the release button under the steering column to no avail. The car remains running. We have to unhook the battery and take out a fuse to get the car shut off. We have two small children and this is our only car. The dealership wanted to charge us to fix this, when clearly it is the fault of Chevrolet. Our keys have been stuck since Saturday, May 21, 2011. Today is Monday, May 23, 2011 and the keys are still in the car.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #14

Apr 212011


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that when parking the vehicle and shifting into park, the keys would become stuck in the ignition and the engine was unable to be turned off. The contact spoke with the dealer who recommended bringing the vehicle in for diagnostic testing. The contact was able to remove the keys from the ignition with the assistance of a tow truck driver and the vehicle was towed to the dealer where the contact was awaiting repairs. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileage was 75,000.

- Navarre, FL, USA

problem #13

Apr 072011


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the key would not move when she attempted to turn the vehicle off. The contact mentioned that in order to turn the vehicle off she had to disconnected the battery and the fuse that was connected to the fuel pump. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was currently working on a diagnosis. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 40,000.

- Manchester, TN, USA

problem #12

Apr 032011


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the ignition key would not turn to the off position after several attempts. The engine remained on until the ignition switch was disconnected. The vehicle was not repaired for the malfunction. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000.

- Dublin, VA, USA

problem #11

Mar 082011


  • 47,940 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the ignition key would not release from the ignition switch. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they repaired the vehicle. The failure mileage was 47,940.

- West Palm Beach , FL, USA

problem #10

Dec 132010


  • 40,536 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the key remained stuck in the ignition and the contact was unable to shut off the vehicle. The vehicle was left with the engine running overnight. The next morning, the vehicle was taken to the dealer and the contact was advised that the ignition switch and the solenoid in the steering column had failed. The failed components were no longer listed under warranty and the vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileage was 40,536.

- Frankford, KY, USA

problem #9

Sep 152010


  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact attempted to shut the vehicle off but the ignition would not respond. The contact had to disconnect the battery. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where it was being repaired at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were approximately 43,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #8

Jun 262010


  • 150,000 miles



- Bedford , OH, USA

problem #7

Jul 022010


  • 25,000 miles
I arrived at a friends house and went to turn my car off and guess what the cart would not shut off and the key would not come out, so I called the roadside asst since my car is under warranty and they told me to make it home and give them a call back and they would send a tow truck out time went on and one never showed up, the tow truck driver told road side that the dealer did not have a drop box for service, I kind of find that hard to believe, this has ruined my whole holiday weekend, I cant go anywhere.

- Ripley, TN, USA

problem #6

Jun 192010


  • 26,700 miles
Saturday afternoon, 19 June 2010. Parked vehicle, could not turn ignition switch off. Ran through all the gears and back to park, still the same, could not turn vehicle off. Had to leave vehicle running while I phoned to find a Chevrolet dealer that provided sat. Service - luckily one in the jacx fl area. Told them of problem and was advised to bring vehicle right away so they could repair, which they did. Would assume that this is a know problem with the vehicle as they had the part in stock to replace right away. My experience has been that if it is a new/unknown problem they will not have part in stock and have to order before making repairs. This is a very serious situation! had a dealer not been available on a sat. Afternoon, I have no idea what I would have done. Probably disconnected the battery in hopes of shutting down the engine, without hopefully damaging the computer module. Any way you look at it this, it is not a good situation.

- Mount Dora, FL, USA

problem #5

Mar 162010


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact was examining the vehicle and noticed that the battery had died. After replacing the battery the contact noticed that the speedometer, odometer, and electronic traction control would no longer function. The dealer has not diagnosed the failure. The failure mileage was 25,000.

- Lino Lakes, MN, USA

problem #4

Jul 082009


  • 25 miles
Car has intermittent headlight failure, interior lights on instruments and radio dim, go completely out and then pop back on. This happens randomly. I drive to work in the dark and the lights have gone completely out and will not turn on when it rains and the law says they should be on. Took to the dealer and they replaced part of the wiring. When this did not fix the problem I have taken the car back a total of 4 times and the dealer keeps telling me that they can not duplicate the problem so there is no problem other than me. General Motors called about the service I have received and they continue to do nothing about the problem.

- Inver Grove Hts, MN, USA

problem #3

Oct 102009

HHR 4-cyl

  • 10,500 miles
This a 2009 Chevrolet HHR 2.2 liter engine 4cyl. During rush hour in the morning, in city traffic I was getting in to the freeway flow I had to step on the gas pedal on an off, when I notice the car got sluggish and would not respond to the amount of request on my foot, I was lucky and got of the freeway then I noticed the info on the instrumentation panel was warning! "engine power reduced", turned engine off and the car stared working normally, this same thing happened again a week later and then sooner until the car had no power and finally did not start any more I had E diagnostics read out and described "wrong readings on the throttle body" and "wrong gas pedal position, " I replaced the throttle body a $400 part did not fix it then the gas pedal $90 dlls part, and that fixed it! I' am an electrician for the city, I worked in the electronics mfg 25 years, so I always want to know the source of problems so I disassembled the gas pedal, and found that the carbon on the potentiometer was warn out, so I noticed that the steel sweepers where assembled backwards and they were scraping the carbon away of the little pc board part no.807819 this is inside the gas pedal assy. Part no.GM 20757615 manufactured II 5 24/08 other info on the pedal (6pv 933 902-02) the enclosure has the hella brand logo.

- Los Angeles , CA, USA

problem #2

May 072009


  • 5,240 miles
Failure: "service air bag" light came on. 1st incident: "service air bag" light came on with passenger sitting in front passenger seat, dealership repaired faulty component. 2nd incident: "service air bag" light came on with passenger sitting in front passenger seat, dealership repaired different faulty component. 3rd incident: Use of 12V accessory, no passenger present, as well as passenger present, "service air bag" light intermittently on/off. Corrective action: Dealership told me not to use 12V accessories as they may cause some rf interference. 4th incident: "service air bag" light came on with passenger sitting in front passenger seat, dealership replaced components, found faulty wiring 5th incident: "service air bag" light came on without a passenger in passenger seat on the way upto the dealership for service. Contacted GM about possibility for lemon law remedy, was refused buy-back option with statement that the vehicle is fixed and in proper working order. Representative pushed towards keeping vehicle. I personally do not have confidence, at this point, in the safety devices of this 2009 Chevy HHR, nor do my passengers. The dealerships service technicians have repaired several components, and yet the problem persists. This last time in for service, the technician could not reproduce the issue, therefore no service was conducted other than testing. This means that the problem has not been resolved since the last occurrence of the "service air bag" message being displayed.

- Morris, IL, USA

problem #1

Oct 152008

HHR 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 620 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. Two weeks after the vehicle was purchased, the dealer installed heated seats. Afterwards, the passenger side air bags stopped working. The heated seats are draining the battery in the vehicle. Each time the vehicle is driven, it fails to start due to the drained battery. The vehicle had to be towed to the dealer in order to be restarted. He took the vehicle to another dealer and they stated that a switch underneath the seats needed to be replaced. The contact was advised to take the vehicle back to the original dealer for them to redo the installation. The failure mileage was 620. Oil leak onto the coolant reservoir. The dealer found the brake fluid cap was not sealed properly. The heated seats that were I installed were connected to the battery which was causing the battery to die. Updated 03/19/09.

- Lake Villa , IL, USA

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