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2009 Chevrolet HHR repairs by problem area

Chart based on 86 repairs.

2009 Chevrolet HHR engine repair cost distribution

Chart based on 7 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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2009 Chevrolet HHR

Engine not specified

79000 mi Check engine light on, had cracked head and faulty ignition module 

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2009 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

172-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

21000 mi The ignition cylinder locked up. My car was stuck running. They had to pull the battery and fuel relay to turn it off. It took them a day to get my car back to me. 
28000 mi The ignition cylinder was recalled. Too bad it already locked up on me once. I feel so much better about my car to have the redesigned part in there now. 
38000 mi The flex-joint failed between the manifold and catalytic converter. The catalytic converter assembly was replaced under the emissions warranty. 

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2009 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

155-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

174000 mi

US $277
Replaced exhaust flex pipe from back of engine to catalytic converter. 
196000 mi

US $375
Replaced both valve timing actuators. Car was running rough because of amount of fuel being dumped was more than needed resulting in less MPG. 
85000 mi

US $400
Replaced ignition switch due to occasional inability to remove key. Also checked out a separate issue with the exterior doorlock; it has twice failed to unlock the car & we had to break-in with help of AAA. Didn't make repairs cause of cost. 
36000 mi Check Engine light due to engine misfire 
38000 mi Rebuilt cylinder head due to carbon build up 
47000 mi

US $200
Key in ignition switch could not be removed, and would not turn to shut the engine off. 
40000 mi

US $245
Started the car and drove to the gas station and was unable to turn the car off. the key would not rotate in the ignition lock. Drove to the dealer and they removed the lock and replaced it with a new unit keyed to match my existing keys. 
46000 mi

US $650
broken ignition switch 

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2009 Chevrolet HHR Engine Problems

64 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. 8 of these members (12.5%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 12 engine repairs to 2009 Chevrolet HHRs--an average of 0.2 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 2009 Chevrolet HHR problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.