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2006 Chevrolet HHR repairs by problem area

Engine (23%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (27%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (18%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (10%)

Chart based on 272 repairs.

2006 Chevrolet HHR repair cost distribution

$2500+ (1%)

$1000 - $2499 (5%)

$500 - $999 (30%)

$100 - $499 (51%)

< $100 (12%)

Chart based on 74 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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2006 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

172-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Chevrolet HHR in Kansas, United States
Apr 2006 - Sep 2015
Feb 2007

36000 mi
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 
Sep 2009

93000 mi
SES light. GMTechlink: camshaft reluctor that has moved on the camshaft usually due to heat (but not in my case). Only cure new camshaft. 
Jun 2010

106000 mi

US $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. 
Apr 2011

114000 mi
Sway bar links 
Jan 2013

141000 mi
Oil leak from the block. Am not able to find the source or fix. 

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2006 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

172-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Chevrolet HHR in Kansas, United States
May 2006 - Feb 2009
Mar 2007

7000 mi
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
Feb 2006 - Sep 2015
Nov 2006

7440 mi
Growling noise when air conditioner was on. 
Dec 2006

8060 mi
Repaired A/C growl 
Sep 2007

19220 mi
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. 
Jan 2008

22320 mi
Rear wiper motor replaced. Drivers seat belt did not retract properly. A replacement was ordered. No cost under warranty. New seatbelt retractor installed. 
Jul 2009

37820 mi

C $40
Replace front brake pads. 
Jan 2010

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.  
Jun 2010

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 
Jun 2011

53320 mi

C $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. 
Dec 2012

68820 mi

C $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. 
Jul 2013

73760 mi

C $600
Lower driver side table 
Apr 2015

87180 mi

C $180
Wiper arm broke Fan speed resistor broke 
Jul 2015

89680 mi
My inside door handle cracked at a stress point. I ordered a part from and I installed it myself. 
Chevrolet HHR in Michigan, United States
Feb 2006 - Jun 2011
Nov 2006

11700 mi
Replaced running boards because pads wavy 
Jul 2008

26000 mi

US $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 
Jun 2009

36000 mi
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. 
Aug 2009

38000 mi

US $120
2nd time in less than a year. Think thats a little soon 
Sep 2010

55000 mi

US $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
Apr 2006 - Dec 2009
Oct 2006

15000 mi
Loose driver side interior door panel. 2 clips were replaced. 
Sep 2007

28000 mi
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
Mar 2006 - Jun 2011
Dec 2006

24000 mi
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 
Nov 2008

63000 mi

US $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. 
Jul 2010

90000 mi

US $50
Replaced alternator. 
Chevrolet HHR in Indiana, United States
Feb 2006 - Sep 2015
Oct 2006

16000 mi
squeaky drivers seat and oil change 
Nov 2009

69000 mi

US $163
Broken interlock pin in auto shifter. Entire shifter must be replaced. Common problem with the HHR and Cobalt. 
Mar 2010

73000 mi

US $100
Interlock pin in the shifter broke again and I just had to pay labor and the dealer bought the part. 
May 2012

110000 mi

US $59
Inside door handle broke. I put in a new one. pretty easy. 
Mar 2013

126000 mi

US $150
had a brake job and tire rotation done. replaced the rotors were too thin to resurface. 
Sep 2014

140000 mi

US $65
needed new pads on the brakes 
Chevrolet HHR in Florida, United States
Apr 2006 - Sep 2012
Oct 2006

12000 mi
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. 
Mar 2007

26000 mi
Rotors had to be turned for some reason. Also, the electrical system was acting funny. 
May 2007

27000 mi
Driver side wheel bearing needed to be replaced. Also, had to replace turn signal switch. 
Jan 2008

41000 mi
Jun 2008

49000 mi
Steering column safety shock replaced. Crack in pipe coming off exhaust manifold to converter. Replaced cruise control switch. Power mirror switch replaced. 
Dec 2008

57000 mi
Drivers side door handle mechanism repaired. 
Jun 2009

63000 mi
Replaced chafed wire in wire harness by cylinder #3 Steering column malfunction. Replaced with new one. Throttle body gasket blown. Was replaced. 
May 2011

101000 mi

US $600
Had to replace the ECM. 
Chevrolet HHR in Texas, United States
Feb 2006 - Sep 2010
Jun 2006

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. 
Feb 2007

65000 mi
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 
Jan 2009

129000 mi

US $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
Feb 2006 - Mar 2010
Apr 2007

29000 mi
Steering column rattled at low speeds. New steering column put in car. 

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2006 Chevrolet HHR Repair Histories

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