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2006 Chevrolet HHR Problems and Repair Histories

131 TrueDelta members own a 2006 Chevrolet HHR. 69 of these members (52.7%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 216 repairs to 2006 Chevrolet HHRs--an average of 1.6 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2006 Chevrolet HHR problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2006 Chevrolet HHR problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2006 Chevrolet HHR problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2006 Chevrolet HHR repairs by problem area

21% of the 2006 Chevrolet HHR repairs were to the engine, 8% to the transmission, 8% to the brakes, 26% to the suspension, 18% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 6% to the body and trim, and 13% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 216 repairs.

2006 Chevrolet HHR repair cost distribution

Of the 2006 Chevrolet HHR repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 10% cost less than $100, 56% between $100 and $499, 29% between $500 and $999, 3% between $1000 and $2499, and 2% more than $2500.

Chart based on 59 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten 2006 Chevrolet HHR problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2006 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

172-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Chevrolet HHR in Kansas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2006 10000    
36000 0 Windshield cracked. Dealer said it was due to an impact. I have read that the windshields on these autos have experienced an unusual tendency to crack whit out any apparent cause. Dealer was not forthcoming with me regarding this information 
93000 0 SES light. GMTechlink: camshaft reluctor that has moved on the camshaft usually due to heat (but not in my case). Only cure new camshaft. http://www.sandyblogs.com/techlink/ 
106000 120 The flex pipe connecting the header to the cat had developed a leak. The shops I spoke to indicated that the dealer was the only place to find a replacement because of the 5 speed manual. 
114000 0 Sway bar links 
141000 0 Oil leak from the block. Am not able to find the source or fix. 
151000  

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2006 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

172-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Chevrolet HHR in Kansas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2006 2000    
7000 0 Would not release key when in park; replaced safety switch; may have also adjusted shifter; is an issue as reported on another forum. 
 
Chevrolet HHR in Quebec, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2006 0    
7440 0 Growling noise when air conditioner was on. 
8060 0 Repaired A/C growl 
19220 0 Rear wiper motor stops when it is cold. Dealer ordered a replacement. Waiting for part.  Front suspension made thumping noise when ridding over road bumps, cracks and bad pavement. Dealer fixed it. No problem now. 
22320 0 Rear wiper motor replaced. Drivers seat belt did not retract properly. A replacement was ordered. No cost under warranty. New seatbelt retractor installed. 
37820 40 Replace front brake pads. 
41540 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 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 
53320 140 The wheel tables rattle/thump. The bushings were changed, most of the noise disappeared but there is still something else rattling when driven over street cracks. 
68820 550 One side of bar broke off. Repaired by welding broken end pieces together rather than replacing for a new part. Too labor intensive to install new part [engine sub frame needs to be dropped to slide in new part]. Shocks leaking and car unstable on road. Replaced shocks Table bushings. Constant thumping.The new bushing helped but there is still rattling noise. Fedup learn just to live with it. Replaced tie rods to help to reduce the rattling noise. Helped a bit. Less noise traveling through steering wheel. 
73760 600 Lower driver side table 
78740  
Chevrolet HHR in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2006 2000    
11700 0 Replaced running boards because pads wavy 
26000 75 Brakes squeeling. They warranted grinding costs of rotors, I paid for pads Rear Chevy Gold Emblem looks like water got in and destroyed it's appearance. New one put on 
36000 0 A clunking noise when going over bumps. They replaced the Stabilizer Shaft Links on both sides. ABS light on and brakes weird. They replaced wheel bearing and hub. Key will not come out. Shifter failed. replaced control assembly, and Floor shift. Common Problem. Should be a Recall. 
38000 120 2nd time in less than a year. Think thats a little soon 
55000 560 3rd time brakes have gone bad. sorry ass excuse that heat and cold of area does this. hmmmmmm not to my other 2 vehicles. 
 
Chevrolet HHR in Georgia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2006 9000    
15000 0 Loose driver side interior door panel. 2 clips were replaced. 
28000 0 Sunroof air deflector would not close. Clip attaching deflector to sunroof track broke. 
 

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2006 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Chevrolet HHR in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2006 14000    
24000 0 Replaced whole stick assembly came home earlier and needed to turn the HHR around to park Him and key wouldnt come out. tried everything, even undoing the side enough to see if there was a problem and couldnt see anything wrong. So S 
63000 306 I took it in at 29,000. No result. Took it back at 36K. No result. Finally at 63 the drone was so bad, used letter from GM for extended warranty. Wheel bearings found bad, not on the letter. I had to repair them myself. Normal here lately. 
90000 50 Replaced alternator. 
 
Chevrolet HHR in Indiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2006 4000    
16000 0 squeaky drivers seat and oil change 
69000 163 Broken interlock pin in auto shifter. Entire shifter must be replaced. Common problem with the HHR and Cobalt. 
73000 100 Interlock pin in the shifter broke again and I just had to pay labor and the dealer bought the part. 
110000 59 Inside door handle broke. I put in a new one. pretty easy. 
126000 150 had a brake job and tire rotation done. replaced the rotors were too thin to resurface. 
139000  
Chevrolet HHR in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2006 2000    
12000 0 Electrical problem in radio. Electrical problem in drivers side power window. Electrical problem in turn signal. Both lower control arms had to be replaced. Hood needed to be re-aligned and paint touched up as well. 
26000 0 Rotors had to be turned for some reason. Also, the electrical system was acting funny. 
27000 0 Driver side wheel bearing needed to be replaced. Also, had to replace turn signal switch. 
41000 0 IGNITION SWITCH HAD TO BE REPLACED. ROTORS WARPED FOR THE SECOND TIME. NOT COVERED UNDER WARRANTY SO REPLACED THEM MYSELF. RUBBER STRIPS ON RUNNING BOARDS DELAMINATING FROM SUBSTRATE. 
49000 0 Steering column safety shock replaced. Crack in pipe coming off exhaust manifold to converter. Replaced cruise control switch. Power mirror switch replaced. 
57000 0 Drivers side door handle mechanism repaired. 
63000 0 Replaced chafed wire in wire harness by cylinder #3 Steering column malfunction. Replaced with new one. Throttle body gasket blown. Was replaced. 
101000 600 Had to replace the ECM. 
 
Chevrolet HHR in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2006 6000    
25500 0 The battery had a dead cell. A free loaner vehicle was obtained and the battery was replaced free of charge under the warranty. 
65000 0 Shifter linkage was replaced due to the fact that it would not allow the ignition key to be removed from the ignition. The shifter could be worked back and forth into P and it would then release key. Linkage replaced and no further issues. Covered by exte 
129000 250 I had to have the front passenger side wheel bearing assembly replaced. $175.00 for the part, $50 labor, plus taxes. Considering the mileage on my vehicle, I'm still extremely pleased with it's performance with so many miles on it. 
 

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2006 Chevrolet HHR 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Chevrolet HHR in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2006 11000    
29000 0 Steering column rattled at low speeds. New steering column put in car. 
 

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