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Chevrolet HHR repairs by problem area

Engine (19%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (25%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (23%)

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

Other (8%)

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Chevrolet HHR brake repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (21%)

$100 - $499 (50%)

< $100 (29%)

Chart based on 28 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

60000 mi

US $312
Front brakes began to grind; rotors were replaced and new ceramic Bendix pads put in. Back brakes cleaned and adjusted - still good shoe life. 
115000 mi

US $100
Front brake rotors became warped causing vibrations while braking so the rotors were machined flat. 
137000 mi

US $500
Front disc brakes and rotors were replaced after wear and tear. 
28000 mi My rotors prematurely warped and were causing major vibrations when I applied the brakes. They resurfaced the rotors. 
88000 mi

US $500
New master cylinder Replaced pads 
97000 mi

US $450
Replaced calipers 

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2008 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 260hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

100000 mi

US $190
Removed cleaned and lube right rear brake caliper pins. Labor 110.00, Parts & materials 73.50. All problems resolved. 

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2008 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

30380 mi Extreme force needed to operate the brakes on first try after sitting over night 
3000 mi HHR SS will NOT stop at the very first stop sign in my subdivision. The brakes push back very firmly even with both feet on the brakes. 3rd time in shop for same problem. Technical Service bulletin 08--5-22-001 issued on this problem. GM & NHTSA notif 
8000 mi

US $70
Car still will not stop when first started in the morning going downhill. After that, all is well. 
35000 mi Chevy failed to install a booster pump for brakes on HHR SS's- all of them. They had to completely redo computers, wiring harness, reroute several hoses, add in a vacuum booster pump and all hardware. 
3000 mi rt frnt hub replaced...wires for anti lock brakes fell down and chaffed resulting in check lights..hub replaced no other problems Drivers side roof rack front cap blew off....replaced. 

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2008 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

172-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

38700 mi

US $700
Brake judder on front rotors, rotors rusted and uneven, replaced rotors and pads. 
33000 mi

US $300
The car would shake when the brake was applied. The front brake pads and rotors were warped. 
65500 mi

US $100
Front brakes 
20000 mi Warped rotors 
36000 mi

US $50
Brake pads replaced. Premature wear due to ongoing rotor problems. 

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2008 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

149-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

2000 mi Brakes pulsating. Front rotors needed to be turned and the rear durms where also turned. 

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2008 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

149-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

75000 mi

US $290
warped rotors while driving in mountains, replaced rotors 
108300 mi took auto in to have vibration in brakes checked warped rotor found did not have repaired ordering high performance rotors (after market) 
52000 mi

US $185
The front rotors were warped. The dealer turned the rotors and replaced the front discs and rear pads all at 52000 miles. 
60000 mi

US $146
Both front rotors were warped. the dealer wanted $210.00 to replace the rotors and then there would have been new pads on top of that. I opted to have them turned for $81.00 instead. I want to see how long they last after being turned. 
114000 mi

US $200
The rotors were so bad that the steering wheel shook along with the brake pedal when I braked. Instead of taking the 2 hours that they said it would take to replace the rotors and pads it took 4 hours because the rotors were rusted on. 
18000 mi Bad pads, rotors causing excess vibration in car. 
95500 mi

US $120
Replaced hydraulics on drum both sides as well as brake shoes. Turned drum to spec. 
102500 mi

US $450
Brake fluid leak from rear drum calipers, both sides. Replaced 
103000 mi

US $16
New Rear shoes not making contact with drum. Used spoon to adjust Cable broke on hand brake at termination. Replaced clamp with aftermarket, reattached to park brake pulley 

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2007 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

175-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

35000 mi Back side front pads were down to metal after less than 16,000 miles of having rotors turned under warranty. 
85000 mi

US $360
Needed new brakes and rotors. 
9000 mi Thumping, jerking when breaking. Warped rotors. Front rotors turned. 
18000 mi Smoothed rotors again. 
22000 mi Rotors Warped / Replaced 
56000 mi

US $60
replaced rotors 

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2007 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

149-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

89000 mi

US $900
Replaced two front rotors. 
216200 mi

C $100
Replaced front brake pads 
34000 mi

US $190
I had the front rotors and pads replaced using NAPA parts (at my own expense) as I did not want the original rotors resurfaced only to have the vibration problem come back with the GM Chinese sourced rotors. Better quality parts have alleviated future tr 
73000 mi

US $220
Brake rotors warped after 10,000 miles since replacement. 

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2006 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

172-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

128000 mi

US $850
cost was a rip off, i only went to the dealer because i am also having some other issues with the front end, might but after the the cost for replacing pads and rotors, cleaning drums, i will not go back to the dealer and will find a local mechanic 
163700 mi

US $600
front rotors are constantly warping, had them dealer before and the cost was outrageous, replaced front rotors & pads, rear drums & pads, adjusted rears 

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2006 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

172-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

26000 mi

US $75
Brakes squeeling. They warranted grinding costs of rotors, I paid for pads 
38000 mi

US $120
2nd time in less than a year. Think thats a little soon 
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. 
37820 mi

C $40
Replace front brake pads. 
38000 mi

US $600
Warped rotors (again), brake pads (again). This time GM made me replace at my expense, even though it has been a recurring issue with most HHRs. 
104000 mi

US $106
Replaced front brake pads and rotors. 
32860 mi Vibration during braking. 
133000 mi

US $246
replaced leaking brake cylinder seals on rear wheels 
60000 mi

US $300
New front brake pads. Resufaced rotors. 
75000 mi

US $235
Steering wheel was shuddering while driving. Brakes need to be cleaned and rotors turned. 
198000 mi

US $150
replaced worn rotors, drums and shoes 
114700 mi

C $200
Front brake pads worn. 

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2006 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

126000 mi

US $150
had a brake job and tire rotation done. replaced the rotors were too thin to resurface. 
140000 mi

US $65
needed new pads on the brakes 
158000 mi

US $30
118420 mi

C $434
Replaced both rear brake cylinders at the same time due to leakage causing mushy brake pedal feel. 
26000 mi Rotors had to be turned for some reason. Also, the electrical system was acting funny. 
79980 mi

C $170
Replaced rotors and pads on front brakes as they car would shake when stopping 

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