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Chevrolet HHR repairs by problem area

Engine (19%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (26%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (23%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (11%)

Other (8%)

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Chevrolet HHR electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (23%)

$100 - $499 (47%)

< $100 (30%)

Chart based on 47 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2009 Chevrolet HHR

Engine not specified

20000 mi Could not turn the car off. I have had so many problems with this NEW car I traded it in on a Honda CR V. 

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2009 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

172-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

54000 mi

US $100
Driver headlight burned out. Passenger light died 3 days later. Both were replaced. 
40700 mi The air bag light would not go off and that was fixed at no charge. have 44k miles on it and only 3 oil changes. 

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2009 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

172-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

11000 mi There was a loud clicking noise coming from the blower motor at all speeds. They replaced it. I have been getting a very defined alternator noise since purchase on xm radio stations and with onstar usage. It had been bugging the hell out of me and the third dealership would not fix it. So I didn't re-up onstar or xm for this reason. 
16000 mi Bluetooth module forgets phones. They had to fight with OnStar to get the part ordered. It still has not been received yet. 
21000 mi My airbag light was intermittent. A sensor wire in the dash was loose. 
22000 mi One of the key fob's stopped working, the dealer replaced it. 
27000 mi Blower motor was making clicking noise. It was replaced. 
30000 mi The horn stopped working. The horns were replaced. 
32000 mi Lock actuators for both driver and passenger door were replaced due to intermittent seizing. Front grommet holding on engine cover was replaced due to disintegration. Engine cover fell off, the intake disconnected, that's how it was found. 
37000 mi Airbag light was intermittent. Replaced a connector and the light never came back. 
43000 mi I had three different smart phones over the life of my car, and the system could not stay paired. The phone profiles would just disappear, calls would drop, it wouldn't auto connect, the car would say no bluetooth phones were setup. 
15000 mi Airbag lights would not turn off and indicated that they had been activated. 
23000 mi

US $120
Battery drained on its own. Had to replace battery and reset electrical components. Got recall letter after this repair was completed. Part still not available for recall, on wait list. 
35000 mi Service air bag light coming on and off. Dealer replaced CPA connectors due to service bulletin # 08-09-41-002F related to code #B0019.Cleared codes and everything is ok. 
37300 mi Had to recalibrate TPMS 
103000 mi

US $400
Bluetooth Antenna and base were replaced since a red light was appearing on the rear view mirror. Unfortunately, this did not yet solve the problem. 
107300 mi

US $180
Onstar Bluetooth antenna needed a second antenna replaced which seems to have fixed the problem. 
81300 mi AIRBAG WARNING LITE WAS INTERMITTENT. DEALER FOUND LOOSE CONNECTION UNDER FRONT PASSENGER SEAT. 
112000 mi Passenger side headlight burnt out. 
144000 mi Airbag warning light on and off for the past year. dealer never pin pointed the problem. Cost could be $100.00 to over $1000.00. Took in for recall on airbag system and the problem is fixed. 
91000 mi

US $15
Replaced headlight bulb. 

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2009 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

155-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

30560 mi Left Front Power door lock failed for the second time in two years. Solution: left front power door latch was replaced under warranty Vehicle key remote fob fails to work in very cold weather. Diagnosis: battery clamp solders break in cold temp Solution: fob replaced under warranty 
489 mi XM Radio antenna not working--still not repaired, more parts ordered 
3289 mi XM Radio base unit was replaced. 

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2009 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

155-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

11000 mi Ignition switch would not turn off. Had to pull fuel pump fuse and disconnect battery to stop engine. Claimed bad switch. My same key works. Believe problem to be shift interlock issue masked by recall. 
15000 mi

US $39
Service Air Bag message. Onstar saw problem when I called and asked. Mechanic could not find error log or error in history log. Not fixed. Will have to go to dealer. 
26000 mi The airbag warning light came on, was inspected and reset. No continuing problem. 
21000 mi SERVICE AIRBAG light is lit. Light comes and goes. I was unable to find a cause. 
28000 mi

US $115
dead battery, replaced, purchased at walmart 
30500 mi found solution to "service airbag" light in chevy hhr forum. cleaned and reconnected connector located behind passenger side kick panel 
42000 mi no satellite radio, not working. had to get new radio. 

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2009 Chevrolet HHR 2-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

54000 mi

US $550
AFTER I PURCHASED THE HHR ABOUT 5 MONTH LATER THE AC STOPPED WORKING. ONLY WARM AIR WHEN AC WAS ON.VENT FROM AIR TO COME FROM OUTSIDE WAS WARM.DOOR WAS STUCK CLOSE TRIED TO FIX BUT SOMEONE BROKE THE DOOR THAT WAS STUCK. 
57000 mi Fixed the AC, internal door was broken. 

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2008 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 260hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

32000 mi Tire pressure monitor system error on right front tire. System was reset and working properly now. 
8060 mi Fuse block needed replacing. Bent connection in manufacturing was disconnecting fuel circuit. Part took 2 weeks to arrive. NOT HAPPY THAT HHR-SS PARTS ARE COMMONLY NOT AVAILABLE. 
14260 mi Stereo and turn signals randomly died.  
18480 mi Air Bag warning during left turns. Component replaced. Left front tire pressure sensor randomly shows ---. Replaced Car won't start if car sits to 2-3 days in cold weather. Charging system passed tests. Dealer says the battery is failing because it sits too long without use. I drive the car almost everyday but they didn't believe me due to low mileage. 
28520 mi Battery replaced, it wasn't holding a charge. Reported to GM dealer many times but it always passed their tests. Local shop replaced and problem never occured again. Moral of the story? Never get your car fixed at an authorized dealer! 
33160 mi Wiring harness to fuse panel shot a 3rd time. Bumps cause all electrical to go haywire. 
33480 mi This car only has 56000 kms because it was plagued with electrical issues its entire life. I purchased it brand new. I will never purchase another GM again. 

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2008 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

134000 mi

US $37
The rear hatch won't open. Electronic rear hatch switch replaced. 
143000 mi

US $50
rear liftgate won't open. checked for voltage at the actuator. result was voltage at actuator, replaced actuator. 

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2008 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

172-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

24000 mi speedometer malfunction, showed 120 mph at all times. Replaced. 
27500 mi Replaced passenger side rear tire pressure sensor. No charge. 
42000 mi Air pressure monitor in three of the four wheels blanked out 
62000 mi

US $100
Having problems with the TPMS. In warm/hot weather constantly getting Service indicator on dash. Replaced a couple of sensors. Resetting wouldn't solve the problem. 
5000 mi Occasionally, all gauges stop working (only register zero) or speedometer reads 20-40 mph too high. Gas gauge goes from reading full to empty after driving 40 miles. Dealer says nothing is wrong with car. 
11000 mi I hope this will fix the ongoing problems with this car. So far the failing odometer/gas gauge problem hasn't recurred. Now there's a rattle in the steering column and the radio doesn't tune properly. I'm going to live with these, rather than try repairng 
33000 mi remote door controllers failed. batteries replaced but did not fix problem. controllers for left and right door locks were replaced. seems to have fixed the door remote problem. 
83000 mi

US $169
this is the third battery I've had in this car in 8 years. 
85700 mi

US $15
all the warning lights on the dash lighted up. cleared codes except for tire pressure. That one is permanently lit. 
94000 mi Most of the dash warning lights are on. The tire pressure warning will not stop 
41000 mi

US $86
heated seats repair. 
65000 mi

US $707
Rear window defogger didn't work. Light came on but no action. Both remotes worn out, buttons no longer reacted to touch. This is at least th third remote I've had swapped out. The first two times were free and this time they charged for both. Added 200 to. Estimate. 
14000 mi Outside temperature sensor replaced because of faulty readings. 
47000 mi

US $8
headlight bulb needed to be replaced 

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2008 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

149-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

13000 mi Remote entry quit working and also tire pressure monitors quite working. 
36000 mi 3rd trip to dealer door locks very eratic this time replaced body control module and 1 transmitter twice first new one bad locks still bad dealer has been waiting for 3 weeks for loaner so they can try again 
53000 mi

US $710
passenger airbag warning left rear electric doorlock left turn signal intermittent no cancel passenger airbag warning intermittent. dealer says its passenger seat belt retracter causing it. says they will cover cost since they botched it before. 

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2008 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

149-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

41000 mi

US $300
I could not shift out of park. I would try time and time again until I got lucky. An internal short was found in the shift lock control solenoid. The dealer replaced the entire shifter assembly. 
110000 mi

US $210
Both front speakers stopped working. This meant that there was no noise from the signals, warning lights, OnStar didn't work and if I pushed the lock button the 4 dings I always hear weren't there either. 
25000 mi Electric Door locks failed 
7050 mi door lock servo 
10251 mi Blower fan replacement 
26000 mi Low air volume coming from the airconditioner vents 
50000 mi BCM had a short 
67000 mi

US $105
power mirrors not working, diagnosis electric mirrors switch, repaired 
15000 mi radio would, at random intervals, change the frequency by 1 increment (ie., listening to 94.1, radio would tune to 94.3 or 93.9. sometimes it would change back. It stopped doing this the day before dealer visit, dealer replaced radio anyway!!! 
36000 mi key fob wouldn't work, dealer order new one and either didn't give me the new one or didn't order the part. key fob still not working. 
42000 mi New key fob. 
31000 mi Replace ignition key lock cylinder. Would not allow the key to turn the ignition switch. Had to have car towed by GM Road Service to Chevrolet dealer for repair. 
33000 mi Tire pressure monitor for one wheel went out. 

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2008 Chevrolet HHR 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

24000 mi ongoing electrical problems, rattles in suspension, parts falling off in interior. car is extremely unreliable, will never buy another GM. Both HHR's fell apart after 20,000 miles on them. 

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2007 Chevrolet HHR

Engine not specified

29000 mi Remote Door Locking mechanism failed -- AGAIN. I have an 11 year old remote that I've only replaced the battery on -- perhaps twice. I just had to go to the shop AGAIN this week because of the failed HHR Keyless Remote. 
41000 mi

US $145
Power door lock on the Driver's side stopped locking the door. It did Unlock the door. The keyless remote stopped working AGAIN. This is the 4th remote I've needed now for this vehicle. My 1998 Chev Astro Van's remote is still working fine and has always been on the same key ring. The GM Keyless Remotes are GARBAGE!!!! 

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2007 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

175-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

59000 mi

US $60
replaced mirror switch sunroof cable snapped, removed wind deflector 

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2007 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

175-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

1000 mi Instrument Cluster Replaced 
2000 mi Rear Glass Replaced, Defogger line did not work 
26000 mi Shifter Interlock broken / Key stuck in ignition. 
35000 mi Key fobs for remote locks and starter did not work. And blower motor made a slight ticking souund. All replaced under warranty. 
121300 mi Replaced bad starter. 
65000 mi

US $670
Replaced condenser 
52000 mi AC blowing hot air. thought needed recharge. Needed all new AC condenser. 
22000 mi Had to replace Heater/AC fan in cabin.  
213300 mi Mode door actuator failed under dash. Air would only blow from the Defrost and Floor vents. I manually moved the door so that the air only blows from the dash cents for the summer. Will Chang it back for winter. 

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2007 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

149-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

144460 mi

C $25
on 4 th replacement of right rear tail light bulb, they are only lasting a day or two, has been a regular small issue, but frequency is getting much worse, right head light is also becoming a frequent replacement issue. 

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2007 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

149-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

112300 mi

US $80
The problem is intermittent. The analog and digital coolant temp gauge won't function. When this occurs the AC will not put out any cold air. The coolant sensor has been replaced yet the problem persists. 

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2006 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

172-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

17000 mi Car occasionally won't start 
18000 mi Car's electronics occasionally go dead - as if there is no battery. Jump start works sometimes; push start always works. Dealer replaced starter. I commented that if is there is no power to open the doors, the starter is probably not the problem. ... 
20000 mi Same occasional "dead" problem. Fine CSR (from other dealership location) had tech friend who found service bulletin. Parts were ordered; appointment made; but local techs decided car did not need the parts. Nothing was done, so expect problem to recur. 

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2006 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

172-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

7440 mi Growling noise when air conditioner was on. 
8060 mi Repaired A/C growl 
19220 mi Rear wiper motor stops when it is cold. Dealer ordered a replacement. Waiting for part.  
22320 mi Rear wiper motor replaced. 
41540 mi

C $60
Blower motor seized because water in drain well area got closed up with leaves. Resistor and fuse burnt out. Had to cut fan frame to get motor out to grease bottom bearing. Adapter ring only comes with new motor. Made my own part to hold in motor.  
45880 mi

C $70
Firewall window drain got plugged with leaves. Water entered blower fan motor. Rusted bearing and motor brush assembly. Took apart fan motor re-lubed the bearing. Replaced burnt heater fan speed resistor. Had to cut motor frame to get itout 
87180 mi

C $180
Fan speed resistor broke 
31000 mi shifter assembly replaced. key would stick in ignition. 
9000 mi Dome light defective. Fell off. Replaced full assembly. 
10000 mi Fan only worked on high setting, watercorroded electrical control, from a water leak. 
23000 mi heater fan 
23000 mi replace fan and resistor 
96000 mi

US $150
evacuate system and recharge A/C refrigerant and oil 
81250 mi

US $45
HVAC blower resistor 
97300 mi

C $360
Driver side windshield wiper transmission motor replaced. 
27000 mi Slow or no start , they said it was the pos. battery was loose...it did not repair my HHR 
75000 mi

US $450
Electrical problem. 
53000 mi Continuing electrical problem - resistor blows out on A/C. Successful, but this is a multiple repeat repair. 
59000 mi Blower motor resistor blows once or twice a year. 
63000 mi Headlight shorting out. Dealer repaired again. 
40000 mi

US $700
Door locks on driver's side of car stopped working. BCM was flashed and found to be defective. Replaced BCM. Problem solved. Cost of BCM 500.00 
135000 mi

US $200
Original alternator failed 
137000 mi replacement rebuilt alternator died after 2 weeks of use 
140500 mi

US $325
wire incorrectly run to fuse block should have been run to battery terminal. Unknown when this wiring error occurred but may have been from factory. 
207000 mi

US $300
Replaced frozen alternator and tensioner pulley assembly 

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2006 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

9000 mi A/C growl. 
28000 mi HVAC blower quit working, blown fuse in BCM. 
32000 mi HVAC fan was making noise. Fan motor replaced under warranty. 

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2006 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

149000 mi

US $251
BATTERY AND STARTER WENT OUT 
12000 mi Electrical problem in radio. Electrical problem in drivers side power window. Electrical problem in turn signal. 
27000 mi Also, had to replace turn signal switch. 
49000 mi Replaced cruise control switch. Power mirror switch replaced. 
63000 mi Replaced chafed wire in wire harness by cylinder #3 
90000 mi

US $50
Replaced alternator. 
52258 mi horn replaced due to weak sound and alignment corrected 
11063 mi Replaced A/C tube and hose. A/C had been making growling or whining sound previously. 
62000 mi Had to change driver side headlight. Had to remove the plastic wheel well cover with wheel cranked all the way to the right. Could not see the headlight during removal or install. Had a mechanic friend do it because I was frustrated. 
63000 mi

US $120
Reprogram anti-theft system. Engine wouldn't crank 
137000 mi

US $536
Open circuits found in fuse block. Culprit turned out to the the fuse block (UBEC) connector, which was repaired manually. 
139000 mi

US $788
Alternator failed. Not surprising after 139000 miles! $475 for an alternator I could have gotten for $120 at O'Reilly, plus $312 labor... that was a surprise. 
184000 mi

US $85
Lost use of drivers side headlight low beam, connections checked and fuse replaced. 
184000 mi

US $85
right rear light in bumper, left front turn signal 
26000 mi The battery had a dead cell. A free loaner vehicle was obtained and the battery was replaced free of charge under the warranty. 
91760 mi My gauges and message centre quit working. I tried restarting the car a couple of times. Still did not work. Checked fuses and all of them were fine. Left the car to check the internet for help. came back and it worked. 

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Chevrolet HHR Electrical Problems

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