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2008 Chevrolet HHR repairs by problem area

Engine (19%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (12%)

Suspension and Steering (18%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (28%)

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

Other (7%)

Chart based on 188 repairs.
See TSBs and recalls for the 2008 Chevrolet HHR.

2008 Chevrolet HHR engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (11%)

$1000 - $2499 (5%)

$500 - $999 (5%)

$100 - $499 (42%)

< $100 (37%)

Chart based on 19 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

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

109000 mi

US $100
Cam Position Solenoid went bad. Code P0011. Easy fast repair and dealer had the part too. I replaced both and it cost about $100. 
116000 mi

US $4551
Bad turbo, resulted in over heated engine blown head gssket and cracked block. New GM crate engine installed. 
47000 mi Car overheating, failed thermostat. 
55000 mi

US $50
serpentine belt and tensioner pulley 
134000 mi

US $13
Check engine light on. Fuel pressure leak, cleaned fuel fill neck at the cap and replaced cap. 
136000 mi

US $1100
Car overheating. The chain that powers the water pump broke. Replaced water pump chain, timing chain, chain guides, water pump sproket, thermostat and seal. 
162000 mi

US $180
Camshaft position sensor 

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2008 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

172-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

61000 mi Car surges when driven at certain speeds and when stopped at light. 
62000 mi Still surging when last had it. 
53000 mi

US $5500
Blown engine, coolant leaking into engine and mixing with oil. Replaced engine. 
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. 
71000 mi

US $80
Check engine light comes and goes. When it is on the engine seems to have loss of power, car wants to stall and runs rough when in gear. Cannot operate radio and AC at same time. Mechanic replaced all spark plugs and cleaned coils. Car is at dealership,ltr from GM on ignition cylinder issue-it's locking up. Also reported check engine issue-am in a rental car until they get it repaired, major engine issue covered by drive train warranty. 
77300 mi Misfire on one of the valves, issue was covered under factory warranty. Dealership had to rebuild the valve. Cost for rental car covered by dealership as well! My mechanic didn't figure this out and only replaced spark plugs. 
79000 mi

US $400
The pins in the ignition lock cylinder broke. 

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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

122300 mi A sensor stopped working and the dealer said that I could drive with it not working and it would be ok. The cost to replace the sensor would be about $180.00. No way. 
103000 mi

US $16
Replace torn serpentine belt. 
31000 mi

US $130
Ignition switch hard to turn with key 
8000 mi Throttle Position Sensors not reporting within accepted values. wiring harness repaired by dealer per TSB 
44000 mi Warped engine head. Replaced by dealer under warranty 
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. 

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