really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,185 miles

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2010 Chevrolet HHR Owner Comments

problem #10

Dec 132016


  • miles


I got my car in 2011 took my car into shop because smog is not passing now I was told need new motor after 5yrs at 5000.00

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #9

Jan 292016


  • 41,600 miles
In a parking garage on the 4th floor. Backing out of space. While backing up, I hear a loud boom. Nothing behind me. Thought perhaps a tire failure. Put vehicle in drive to pull forward out of traffic lane, and the engine accelerated uncontrollably. Brakes wouldn't respond. By the grace of G-D or reflexes, I turned the wheel to the right to avoid flying through the guardrail and off the 4th story of the parking garage. Vehicle came to a halt when it smashed into a concrete support pillar. Both air bags detonated, passenger-side air bag apparently broke the windshield on that side. Engine shut off. Lights in passenger compartment turned on, hazards started flashing on/off (couldn't turn them off). Waited for tow truck for 5 hours. Tow drivers had to jump battery - couldn't get front hood open, back door electronic lock non-functional due to dead battery. Tow driver climbed inside car, removed inside decking to access battery. Tow driver jumped battery, attempted start. First two or three times, it wouldn't start, eventually on the 4th or 5th time it started but the engine was racing again. Tow driver put car in reverse and it flew backward (I thought it was going to go off the deck of the garage backwards...). he stopped the vehicle, turned the wheel and headed forward - it shot down the ramp until they got it out of the garage and on the truck (I was outside the vehicle watching from a safe distance while he did this). Vehicle totaled. Not sure what the problem is/was, but I'm lucky to be alive. Have heard of issues involving stuck idle solenoids, drive train problems, etc.

- Highland Park, IL, USA

problem #8

Dec 252014


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet HHR. While at a stop sign, the vehicle shook violently and stalled. The lights on the instrument panel illuminated. The failure recurred three times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed, but the technician could not find a failure. The vehicle was not repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #7

Apr 172013

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles


My steering wheel locked and could not move my car, and I hit a poll and damaged my right side of my car.

- Ramona, CA, USA

problem #6

Sep 272014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 65,250 miles
While driving over independence pass in Colorado at 14,000 feet, about a half mile from the top on a windy, two lane road with lots of cars traveling in both directions the car began to stall and stumble. We had to pull over the best we could not to block traffic (this is a two lane no shoulder, no guardrail, mountain highway with many switchbacks) we were headed uphill and with no power had to roll slowly back to the switchback to turn around. The car would start and stumble just enough to maneuver it around going down hill. It was 5pm on a Friday evening miles from any retail store and out of cell phone range so we were pretty desperate. We coasted down the mountain road, starting the stumbling and sputtering engine when our speed became to much or we approached a switchback so that the power brakes could be used to slow us down. This went on for 20-30 minutes until we were off the hazardous part of the mountain pass and then when we attempted to start the car it remained running. We will never attempt to get into a hazardous situation with this car ever again. This could have resulted in serious damage or death. We could have been stranded on this mountain pass for the evening. This was the second time in a 2-3 day period this stalling occurred. Other cars passed us by without issue and in fact I have taken many cars over independence pass in the past with no issues. I spoke to my dealer and they indicated they were not aware of any issues, and it must have been the gas. This gas in the first stall two days prior was not local gas, this gas on the stall on the mountain pass was local gas. In no way I believe it was poor gas related. I believe there is a serious issue with the programming of the engine control that could have cost us dearly.

- Carrollton , TX, USA

problem #5

Sep 252014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
After driving several hours, came to a road construction area and stopped for a couple of minutes and the engine began to stumble and eventually died after a minute or so. After setting still with the engine and ignition off, the car started back up and went on down the road without any further incident.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #4

Sep 172014


  • 71,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet HHR. The vehicle stalled while stopped at an intersection. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V171000 (electrical system). The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 71,000.

- Hannibal, MO, USA

problem #3

May 042014


  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled and caused the contact to crash. The air bags did not deploy. The approximate speed at the time of failure was 40 mph. The contact was injured and required medical attention. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The dealer stated they were not at fault, and no solution was offered. The approximate failure mileage was 29,000.

- Corsicana, TX, USA

problem #2

May 022014


  • miles
My vehicle is on gms recall list because of an ignition problem. I was driving down a small hill on Friday May 2, 2014, when my car shut off. I had nothing on my ignition key ring when this happened and had just my key in the ignition when this happened. I called GM and let them know what had happened they offered to give me a rental car that they will pay for until my car is fixed. My concern is that these cars should not be on the road because they are a safety hazard to not only the person driving these cars but also to the people on the road with them, I know GM is doing all that it can to fix the problem and wonder why they are being allowed to be driven on the roads when they are unsafe. I do not feel comfortable driving my car because of the risk it poses not only to me but to others on the road and will be getting a rental. Oh and by the way when my car shut off, it was all I could do to steer it around the corner because off course my power steering was gone making it difficult to steer.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 162012


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the throttle body needed to be cleaned. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Fernley, NV, USA

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