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Chevrolet HHR Transmission Problems and Repair Histories

Chevrolet HHR repairs by problem area

Engine (19%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (26%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (23%)

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

Other (8%)

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Chevrolet HHR transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (3%)

$500 - $999 (23%)

$100 - $499 (48%)

< $100 (26%)

Chart based on 31 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2009 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

172-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

70000 mi

US $2700
Transmission failed when backing into a parking spot; it would engage, but no movement. Eventually had to give it more gas to get parked - crunch. Later limped home & towed to a shop I trust. Complete rebuild needed. 

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2009 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

155-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

145500 mi

US $682
First/second gear shifter solenoid. 

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2008 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 260hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

20000 mi Clutch Spring needs to be replaced. Clutch still works. 
50000 mi

US $270
Car was stuck in gear due to a broken shift cable. Cable asm was replaced, problem solved. 
24180 mi Shifter linkage failure and shifter cable failure. NO PARTS AVAILABLE THROUGH GM PARTS SERVICE. "INDEFINITE BACKORDER" they said. We had to phone hundreds of dealers until a dealer in Texas would ship the parts. I am in Ontario! 
28520 mi Shifter linkage defective. 8 days to find parts, there are NO SS model parts in Canada. GM Canada & USA said parts on 'indefinate backorder' Found parts at dealer in Texas. I drive a Jeep TJ with 260000km as my Daily driver, more reliable! 

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2008 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

172-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

74300 mi Both outlet seals on the transmission were showing wear and slight leakage. Replaced both under GM's 100,000 mile drive train warranty. 

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2008 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

149-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

43000 mi Lower transmission support and caused internal piece of transmission to break housing. 
52000 mi

US $185
The transmission started to pause and then jerk. The car was driven to the dealer and the transmission was found to be bad. The dealer replaced the tranny with a brand new one after talking to GM. 
78500 mi

US $1150
Transmission was slipping big time in drive. When dealer tech opened the tranny there was metal in the pan. When he got to $3100 in the estimate he stopped and told service manager. Installed remanufactured transmission. Update: GM later refunded $1700. 

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2007 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

175-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

35000 mi Transaxle Shaft Seal Leaking / Replaced 
51000 mi

US $100
Replaced rear hub assembly after ABS and Traction lights came on. 
160000 mi Not able to shift out of park. 
171000 mi

US $300
Service traction warning. Hard shifting. Replaced both variable timing solenoids. Problem still there. Currently back in the shop 
63000 mi

US $300
trans service 
6000 mi Noise in right front wheel area. Popping noise when making right turns. Dealer tech could not find cause. Nothing fixed and continues to make crack/pop noise on right turns. Rear bumper facia replaced, improperly installed at factory. 

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2007 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

149-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

56880 mi

C $1500
the radiator broke and the fluid go on the transmission cooler and that burn the transmission 
324000 mi

US $900
Replaced transmission, fixed rear main seal leak and oil pan leak. 

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2006 Chevrolet HHR

Engine not specified

52000 mi

US $204
Car would jump when changing gears-they could not find problem, so ran cleaner thru transmission, this worked until January. 
54000 mi I took it to another place and had jets cleaned ,helped. 

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2006 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

172-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

35000 mi same problem as before. t/c light came on after accelerating hard vehicle runs rough and shifts hard. dealer replaced transmission control module and reprogramed powertrain control module. 
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. 
36000 mi Key will not come out. Shifter failed. replaced control assembly, and Floor shift. Common Problem. Should be a Recall. 
56700 mi

US $340
Car would not downshift. Replaced a sensor. 
106000 mi Cracked transaxle housing with fluid leak. 
106000 mi

US $700
Replaced transaxle with salvage unit with 10,000 miles 
15000 mi battery dead, switch in tramission shift replaced 
40000 mi Could not be shifted from park. Shifter replaced at no cost to me. 

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2006 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

12900 mi Repaired short in wiring to shifter control switch. Problem, Doors would not lock when shifted into gear, harsh shifting transmission. 
134000 mi

US $405
Symptoms: Power door locks locking/unlocking, power steering quit/"POWER STEERING" displayed on DIC, speedometer to zero, air temperature zero, transmission will not shift out of 1st, check engine light. Transmission Control Module replaced 
9342 mi Replaced Shifter Assy. Ignition key had been sticking. 
96000 mi Replaced transmission control module 
69000 mi

US $163
Broken interlock pin in auto shifter. Entire shifter must be replaced. Common problem with the HHR and Cobalt. 
73000 mi

US $100
Interlock pin in the shifter broke again and I just had to pay labor and the dealer bought the part. 
52000 mi

US $450
Auto transmission selector wouldn't go into park and had to be replaced.  
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 
79000 mi Engine surges and transmission jumps in and out of overdrive at cruising speeds 
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 
116000 mi

US $350
Worn link and torn boot 

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