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2008 Chevrolet HHR repairs by problem area

Chart based on 174 repairs.

2008 Chevrolet HHR engine repair cost distribution

Chart based on 18 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2008 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 260hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

100000 mi

US $190
Replaced thermostat and coolant.  
117000 mi

US $12
Message about gas cap not sealing. Was not leaking fuel. Replaced gas cap. 
131000 mi

US $262
Replace ignition lock cylinder due to wear. Long crank time after refueling.. every time. Solved by replacing purge solenoid. 
155700 mi

US $479
Car would overheat in city traffic. Diagnosed as defective radiator cooling fan. 
162000 mi

US $50
Replaced Intake camshaft variable valve timing actuator valve and solenoid. 
39500 mi

US $112
Cylinder 1 misfire. Not covered under warranty so I replaced the coil pack and spark plug myself. 
60000 mi failed head gasket 
7440 mi Fuel relay needed to be replaced. 
9600 mi TSB #09126: Charge Air Cooler Inlet Duct Detachment 
14260 mi P0499 Evaporative Emission (EVAP) Vent Solenoid Control Circuit High Voltage 
15500 mi P0499 Evaporative Emission (EVAP) Vent Solenoid Control Circuit High Voltage again. No record of previous 'repair' which was probably just the dealer resetting the check engine light. Light was not on during visit so dealership did nothing. P0499 Evaporative Emission (EVAP) Vent Solenoid Control Circuit High Voltage replaced for real. (Used an alternate dealership) 

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2008 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

47000 mi Car overheating, failed thermostat. 

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2008 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

172-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

79000 mi

US $400
The pins in the ignition lock cylinder broke. 
10000 mi The electronics don't work properly - they randomly fail to record or over-represent the speed/mileage/gas amount, etc. This has been happening since right after I bought the car. Chevy finally admitted there's a problem. 

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2008 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

149-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

69000 mi Thermostat replaced 

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2008 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

149-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

31000 mi Ignition key would not turn in the ignition. Could not move out of park or turn the steering wheel so it had to be towed to the dealer. 
34000 mi Mass air flow sensor replaced. 
8000 mi Throttle Position Sensors not reporting within accepted values. wiring harness repaired by dealer per TSB 

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2008 Chevrolet HHR Engine Problems

92 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2008 Chevrolet HHR. 17 of these members (18.5%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 33 engine repairs to 2008 Chevrolet HHRs--an average of 0.4 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently 2008 Chevrolet HHR problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.