really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,273 miles

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problem #69

Sep 012013


  • miles
My air bag service indicator light turns on intermittently. At least 5 times in the past year, no accidents, no problem seen with air bags by service dept at dealer. "??".the safety lock on the drivers side controls for all passenger windows does not lock the window operation. Braking system problem in the past 6 months. Ive returned to the mechanic 4 times had my brake pads changed, rotors turned, rotors resurfaced, only to H ave the same problem.....steering wheel shuddering bad when applying the brake. The rotors overheat and warp, but I will drive only 2 blocks and it happens. Dont think that is enough to overheat the rotors.

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #68

Feb 122013


  • 25,027 miles
Air bag needs service warning light came on intermitenly over several months! scan diagnosed a problem with a connector (part# 013580234) was defective. Cost to repair $231.01 06/14/2013

- Minden, NV, USA

problem #67

Nov 112013


  • 147,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled with the illumination of the check engine warning light. The vehicle was not able to be restarted and was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 147,000.

- Bronzwick, GA, USA

problem #66

Mar 142014


  • 107,750 miles
Taken the car to dealer multiple times, for power steering failure as well as the car stalling.. was told there was nothing that could be done about the car... was side swiped on road on 03/14/2014... car barely tapped us and we lost control of the car due to power steering issue... ran into the guardrail.. car was totaled while the other car (a 2005 Toyota prius) drove home... driver had head injuries while passenger had contusions to his right hand from airbags. This car is a death trap waiting to happen..

- Candler, NC, USA

problem #65

Aug 102013


  • 52,000 miles
While driving in a parking lot I heard a ding, looked down at the dash and saw that a power steering warning light was on. I tried pulling into a parking space and noticed that I had no power steering assist and had to muscle the car over. I turned off the engine, restarted it and everything seemed ok. This issue started happening every few days after that, sometimes at highway speed. This is a very dangerous situation, had this been a less strong person like my wife or an elderly person she would not have had the strength to steer the car! after doing extensive research I was shocked at what I found. The HHR is built on a Chevy cobalt chassis, and the cobalt has a recall for this same exact issue but Chevy had not had a recall on the HHR, not is the us anyway. Canada has forced GM to do a recall on the HHR for this same exact issue but to date it has not been done in the us. The defective steering motor part number recalled on the cobalt was the same exact part number as the HHR, so why has this not been addressed on the HHR" if you'll read some of the HHR forums you'll learn that mine was not as isolated occurrence, it is very common and seems to start happening when the cars get around 50,000 miles. Had this happened to an elder person at highway speeds chances are they would not have been able to control the vehicle, this disables the steering! I had this repaired at an astronomical cost of over $800. My car was still under warranty, but surprise surprise GM said this is not covered under the chassis warranty? what, the steering is not a component of the chassis" this issue needs to be addressed, im surprised someones life has not already been lost over this issue. Please force GM to recall this issue and refund ones like me that have had to pay out of our pockets to have this repaired.

- Ooltewah, TN, USA

problem #64

Jun 202013


  • 65,000 miles
Headlights will go out suddenly while driving down the highway. Have replaced the headlights numerous times! this could cause a crash! something needs to be done!

- Richland, MO, USA

problem #63

Jun 022013


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the engine stalled numerous times while driving at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to the mechanic, who performed a diagnostic and located the failure at the ignition switch. The ignition switch was replaced. The manufacturer advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 14V047000 (electrical system). The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000 and the approximate current mileage was 50,000.

- Plainwell , MI, USA

problem #62

Nov 262013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
When I parked my car in the driveway my keys got stuck in the ignition and I couldn't turn my car off.I had to get it towed to a dealers who replaced the ignition. The next day my security light went on so I took it back to the dealers they we're very busy so they checked to see if my keys were programmed then the light went off so we thought it was ok. I left the dealers and within 200ft my HHR stalled and doors locked with me inside the vehicle. I called them back with my cellphone from inside the car then the doors suddenly unlocked and I was able to drive back to the dealers.they gave me a car to use. I left my HHR there so they could hook it up to the computer to see what was wrong. Alot of codes came up they said but they cleared them and said they reprogrammed my keys. The only code left was a icp code but they said I didn't need a icp panel so I took my car back. When I came out of work at 1am I unlocked my car and started my HHR up. It stalled immeditatly.with the keys stuck in the start position I tried it again after about 10 min and it started up and I drove home. I called the dealer again and they said bring it Monday again but they cant lend me a car until its fixed or promise that they can fix it. I tried to start it now and I can but I really am afraid to drive it but I have too to bring it back to the dealers. Very scary and bothersome thing. I increased my insurance and will be only taking sideroads until someone figures this out.

- Wolcott, CT, USA

problem #61

Nov 302013


  • 65,500 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the key became lodged in the ignition switch, preventing the contact from powering off the vehicle. The contact mentioned that in order to power off the vehicle, the battery had to be disconnected and a fuse had to be removed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 65,500.

- Mohnton, PA, USA

problem #60

Oct 302013


  • miles
Ignition cylinder will not release the key. Ignition release spring works (moves freely) yet will not release the key. I had to remove the fuel pump fuse to turn off the car and, since the key was frozen in the on position, disconnect the battery. I was informed that the 'key stuck' issue was addressed under the Chevy service bulletin (09-02-35-005B, Feb 4, 2010) yet not on recall list. Was there a recall on this problem?

- Goodyear, AZ, USA

problem #59

Oct 132013


  • 60,200 miles
Drove HHR today, and when I went to turn off ignition, I could not turn the car off. Had to disconnect the battery, and pull a fuse. Taking car in tomorrow for repair. There was a mechanic in the lot I was in, who stated this is not the first time he has seen this problem on HHR ignition problem. Stated it is a tumbler issue, and Chevy is aware of this.

- Portage, IN, USA

problem #58

Aug 092013


  • miles
While driving the 2009 Chevy HHR back from work, without warning, the electric power steering stopped and a warning message came up on the dic. Once ignition was shut off the problem cleared temporarily. Over the past 24 hours the power steering has continued to exhibit the same erratic behavior.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #57

Feb 012013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
While driving at various speeds the power steering goes out making the difficult to control. I did research only to find that many other HHR owners experienced the same issue and several other Chevy models were recalled for the same issue. The Chevy dealer verified that the issue I was having (failure of the power steering motor) was the same issue seen in many other Chevy models. Chevy would not fix it and washed their hands of it. This has happened at various speeds. Restarting the car temporarily fixes it.

- St. Robert, MO, USA

problem #56

May 182011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 35,543 miles
This is my 2nd HHR first was great this is horrible. First problem was my locking mechanism on drivers side would not work. After the third time in the dealership they changed out the lock mechanism. Then I started having problems with my window not rolling down and my dash light going out for a period of 2-3 seconds. They fixed the window but could never find out what was going on with the dash. Then my airbag service light started coming on I had to take in twice for this incident. My steering problem started when I took my son in to do his driving test and all of a sudden it became very difficult to turn. We parked the car gave it a few minutes and started driving again, did the test and on the way home it happened again. We have just had to many problems with this vehicle.

- Willis , TX, USA

problem #55

May 142011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
In late 2010, I decided to buy my wife a car; first I bought a Chevy cobalt first week of having it I was having too many problems, so I told it back to the dealer (lucky my cousin knew the owner of the dealer), I was able to trade it in for a HHR. While driving on the highway at a speed of 50 or so mile I went to turn the corner and the steering wheel was very hard to turn, I proceeded to get the car in a parking lot to see what was going on and to see if I needed so power steering, could not find a place to put the power steering fluid. So I turned off the car and after around 5 minutes I was able to drive for another mile and it did the same thing. It was very difficult to turn the corner; it was like having manual steering. I was in New Jersey and I had to drive back to Maryland without power steering. When I took it to one of my shops it get my car fix at all the time he informed my the HHR's has electrical power steering pump that can only be fix by the dealer. Went on the internet to see if I was the only one with this problem and come to find out that there are numerous people with the same problems with the Chevy cobalt and HHR, however there are only recalls for cobalts, not the HHR these two vehicles are made by the same company. Can you please respond, because im still trying to get the money together to get it fix; I know its going to cost me a arm and legs to get it fixed, because I have to go to the dealer, too bad because the makers of these cars have all the money and they keep pimping out the consumers. Real sad. Oh feel free to call me and to share my letter with the vehicle manufacturer. My HHR is sitting in my driveway until I get the money to fix it, hopefully soon. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #54

Apr 052013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the key would not turn the vehicle off. The contact removed the battery and the vehicle still did not turn off. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The failure mileage and current mileages was 66,000.

- Brasher Falls, NY, USA

problem #53

Jan 162013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 97,500 miles
I pulled in my driveway and put the car in park and could not turn off the key. I tried to everything, steering wheel, key, shifter, brakes, etc and I could not turn the car off or get the key out. I had to pull a fuse to get the car to shut down. This problem is similar, if not exactly, the same of other complaints on this type car. I will probably have to have it towed and repaired by a dealer at great expense. Not good for GM.

- Fayetteville, TN, USA

problem #52

Nov 222012


  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the key became lodged in the ignition switch, preventing the engine from being turned off. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted and advised the contact that the problem was caused by an electrical failure. The manufacturer referred the contact to the dealer to have the repairs performed. The failure mileage was 43,000.

- Big Falls, MN, USA

problem #51

Oct 272012


  • 60,000 miles
Buyers beware: On Saturday evening we put the HHR into park and went to turn off the key and the key got stuck in the ignition. Tried several times to reput the car into gear and turn they key but it was permanently stuck in the on position. Had to wind up pulling a fuse out of the engine to cut off the car. Just took it to the dealership and they are refusing to acknowledge a problem and are forcing us to pay hundreds of dollars to get the car fixed. They are also blaming us for pulling the fuse and it causing an indicator light to come on.

- Olar, SC, USA

problem #50

Aug 072012


  • 70,123 miles
I received a power steering failure message on the dash at the same time that I lost power steering while going home from dropping off my child at daycare. I drove home without the power steering, when I shut off the car and restarted it I had power steering again. This power steering failure has happened multiple times on the highway, residential neighborhoods and in parking lots; in total about 10-15 incidents in the last month.

- Cordova, TN, USA

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