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Chevrolet HHR repairs by problem area

Engine (0%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (28%)

Brakes and Traction Control (2%)

Suspension and Steering (27%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (0%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (35%)

Other (9%)

Chart based on 643 repairs.
See TSBs and recalls for the Chevrolet HHR.

Chevrolet HHR electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (15%)

$100 - $499 (53%)

< $100 (32%)

Chart based on 47 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2009 Chevrolet HHR

Engine not specified

19000 mi Could not turn the car off. I have had so many problems with this NEW car I traded it in on a Honda CR V. 

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2009 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

172-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

40700 mi had a problem w/ the back Chevrolet emblem, was coming unglued. it was replaced for free since i was under 36k miles. The air bag light would not go off and that was fixed at no charge. have 44k miles on it and only 3 oil changes. 
32000 mi leaking front strut. dealer replaced under warranty. 
54000 mi

US $100
Driver headlight burned out. Passenger light died 3 days later. Both were replaced. 

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2009 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

172-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

34000 mi rattling noises coming from front end of car  
35000 mi Service air bag light coming on and off. Dealer replaced CPA connectors due to service bulletin # 08-09-41-002F related to code #B0019.Cleared codes and everything is ok. 
37000 mi Bubbling and rusting at Hem flange bottom of door. (all 4 doors)sent to body shop for repair 
49000 mi Rust came back in feb 2012. I did not take it back to dealer as I don't want to be without a car for three days again it should have been fixed properly the first time. 
50000 mi Rust when sold. 
11000 mi There was a loud clicking noise coming from the blower motor at all speeds. They replaced it. My locks were freezing open and my keyfob's would not start the car because the doors never locked. They repositioned some foam around the lock actuators and it has appeared to fix the problem. The rear trunk struts have been weak since purchase. After being told it was "normal" from two dealerships, the third one I took it to replaced them and my hatch finally works as it should. I have been getting a very defined alternator noise since purchase on xm radio stations and with onstar usage. It had been bugging the hell out of me and the third dealership would not fix it. So I didn't re-up onstar or xm for this reason. 
16000 mi Bluetooth module forgets phones. They had to fight with OnStar to get the part ordered. It still has not been received yet. 
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. My airbag light was intermittent. A sensor wire in the dash was loose. 
22000 mi Sent to body shop to repair rust on the bottom of all 4 doors. One of the key fob's stopped working, the dealer replaced it. The passenger seat belt locked up. Dealer replaced under warranty. 
27000 mi Blower motor was making clicking noise. It was replaced. 
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. 
30000 mi The horn stopped working. The horns were replaced. 
32000 mi Lock actuators were seizing on both the front driver and front passenger side. Dealer replaced both. 
37000 mi Airbag light was intermittent. Replaced a connector and the light never came back. 
38000 mi The flex-joint failed between the manifold and catalytic converter. The catalytic converter assembly was replaced under the emissions warranty. 
39000 mi I had three different smart phones over the life of my car, and the system could not stay paired. The phone profiles would just disappear, calls would drop, it wouldn't auto connect, the car would say no bluetooth phones were setup. 
91000 mi

US $15
Replaced headlight bulb. 
37300 mi Had to recalibrate TPMS 
59000 mi Steering electric motor replaced 
70700 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. 
103000 mi

US $400
Bluetooth Antenna and base were replaced since a red light was appearing on the rear view mirror. Unfortunately, this did not yet solve the problem. 
107300 mi

US $180
Onstar Bluetooth antenna needed a second antenna replaced which seems to have fixed the problem. 
112000 mi Clunking noise when hitting a bump in the road. Sounded like a worn out rubber bushing. Dealer said it was a worn intermitent steering shaft. They cleaned/lubed. That did make a difference. Also said to plan on replacing it after vacation. Passenger side headlight burnt out. 
144000 mi Airbag warning light on and off for the past year. dealer never pin pointed the problem. Cost could be $100.00 to over $1000.00. Took in for recall on airbag system and the problem is fixed. 
154000 mi

US $400
Noisy front end, found right strut leaking. Replaced both struts, sway bar links and rear shocks. Much better ride and quieter. 
178000 mi

US $50
184000 mi

US $15
Driver side headlight burnt out. Replaced. 
187000 mi

US $40
Windshield washer pump failed. Replaced pump. 
15000 mi Airbag lights would not turn off and indicated that they had been activated. 
23000 mi

US $120
Battery drained on its own. Had to replace battery and reset electrical components. Got recall letter after this repair was completed. Part still not available for recall, on wait list. 

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2009 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

155-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

1000 mi Power steering assist motor replaced. XM Radio antenna not working--still not repaired, more parts ordered. 
3500 mi XM Radio base unit was replaced. 
30560 mi Left Front Power door lock failed for the second time in two years. Solution: left front power door latch was replaced under warranty Vehicle key remote fob fails to work in very cold weather. Diagnosis: battery clamp solders break in cold temp Solution: fob replaced under warranty 

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2009 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

155-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

26000 mi The airbag warning light came on, was inspected and reset. No continuing problem. 
26000 mi Paint on the plastic wheel covers became discolored and peeled away. The dealer replaced all four under warranty. 
42000 mi no satellite radio, not working. had to get new radio. 
46000 mi

US $650
broken ignition switch 
11000 mi Ignition switch would not turn off. Had to pull fuel pump fuse and disconnect battery to stop engine. Claimed bad switch. My same key works. Believe problem to be shift interlock issue masked by recall. 
15000 mi

US $39
Service Air Bag message. Onstar saw problem when I called and asked. Mechanic could not find error log or error in history log. Not fixed. Will have to go to dealer. 
22000 mi While having a oil change my mechanic noiced the struts were leaking. I went to chevy dealer and parts were replaced under warranty. 
21000 mi SERVICE AIRBAG light is lit. Light comes and goes. I was unable to find a cause. 
28000 mi

US $115
dead battery, replaced, purchased at walmart 
30500 mi found solution to "service airbag" light in chevy hhr forum. cleaned and reconnected connector located behind passenger side kick panel 

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2009 Chevrolet HHR 2-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

54000 mi

US $550
57000 mi Fixed the AC, internal door was broken. 

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2008 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

265-horsepower 3.2L V6 6-speed manual RWD

32000 mi Tire pressure monitor system error on right front tire. System was reset and working properly now. 
39500 mi

US $112
Cylinder 1 misfire. Not covered under warranty so I replaced the coil pack and spark plug myself. 
7440 mi Fuel relay needed to be replaced. 
8060 mi Fuse block needed replacing. Bent connection in manufacturing was disconnecting fuel circuit. Part took 2 weeks to arrive. NOT HAPPY THAT HHR-SS PARTS ARE COMMONLY NOT AVAILABLE. 
9300 mi Bushings on front sway bar needed replacement. 
9600 mi TSB #09126: Charge Air Cooler Inlet Duct Detachment 
14260 mi Sunroof didn't always close and reopened while closing randomly. Stereo and turn signals randomly died.  Clicking wheel bearings HHR letters peeling. Dealer forgot to replace. P0499 Evaporative Emission (EVAP) Vent Solenoid Control Circuit High Voltage 
15500 mi P0499 Evaporative Emission (EVAP) Vent Solenoid Control Circuit High Voltage again. No record of previous 'repair' which was probably just the dealer resetting the check engine light. Light was not on during visit so dealership did nothing. P0499 Evaporative Emission (EVAP) Vent Solenoid Control Circuit High Voltage replaced for real. (Used an alternate dealership) HHR logo peeling that was reported to previous dealership but they forgot to replace. Replaced at alternate dealership. Roofliner rattling while driving. Everyone else can hear it except the dealership. Turning up the stereo until I can find time to fix it myself. Lost faith in GM and will never purchase another one due to poor service and reliability. 
18480 mi Sunroof closes 90% and re-opens. Button needs to be held down to close the sunroof Roof liner sagging and rattling. Dealer 'could not reproduce' but all passengers can hear it. Air Bag warning during left turns. Component replaced. Left front tire pressure sensor randomly shows ---. Replaced Car won't start if car sits to 2-3 days in cold weather. Charging system passed tests. Dealer says the battery is failing because it sits too long without use. I drive the car almost everyday but they didn't believe me due to low mileage. 
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 Bushings replaced for the third time. 
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! 
28520 mi Battery replaced, it wasn't holding a charge. Reported to GM dealer many times but it always passed their tests. Local shop replaced and problem never occured again. Moral of the story? Never get your car fixed at an authorized dealer! 
28820 mi Sunroof has been leaking since replaced under warranty at the GM dealer. GM Dealer won't fix so a local shop reinstalled it properly. 
32860 mi Wiring harness to fuse panel shot a 3rd time. Bumps cause all electrical to go haywire. 
32860 mi This car only has 56000 kms because it was plagued with electrical issues its entire life. I purchased it brand new. I will never purchase another GM again. 

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2008 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

265-horsepower 3.2L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

118000 mi

US $80
Driver wiper not working, passenger side still working. Replace wiper transmission (linkage) 
123000 mi

US $140
Driverside Wheel bearing making noise. Replace wheel bearing 
130000 mi

US $45
Front end making noise on rough roads, replaced sway bar links. 
134000 mi

US $13
The rear hatch won't open. Electronic rear hatch switch replaced. Check engine light on. Fuel pressure leak, cleaned fuel fill neck at the cap and replaced cap. 
136000 mi

US $1100
Car overheating. The chain that powers the water pump broke. Replaced water pump chain, timing chain, chain guides, water pump sproket, thermostat and seal. 
143000 mi

US $75
rear liftgate won't open. checked for voltage at the actuator. result was voltage at actuator, replaced actuator. Passenger wiper not working, replaced wiper transmission 
145000 mi

US $150
Passenger wheel bearing replaced 
162000 mi

US $180
Camshaft position sensor 

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2008 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

172-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

24000 mi knocking noise right rear. Ended up being defective shock. speedometer malfunction, showed 120 mph at all times. Replaced. 
55000 mi

US $258
Rattling under front end even on light bumps 
14000 mi Water leak into interior of vehicle caused by loose sunroof drain hose. Outside temperature sensor replaced because of faulty readings. 
37000 mi Paint peeling on roof. 
45000 mi *duplicate drivers headlight bulb 
47000 mi

US $8
headlight bulb needed to be replaced 
53000 mi

US $5500
Blown engine, coolant leaking into engine and mixing with oil. Replaced engine. 
53000 mi

US $184
Air conditioning refrigerant sensor short, remove and replace sensor 
5000 mi Occasionally, all gauges stop working (only register zero) or speedometer reads 20-40 mph too high. Gas gauge goes from reading full to empty after driving 40 miles. Dealer says nothing is wrong with car. 
10000 mi The electronics don't work properly - they randomly fail to record or over-represent the speed/mileage/gas amount, etc. This has been happening since right after I bought the car. Chevy finally admitted there's a problem. 
11000 mi I hope this will fix the ongoing problems with this car. So far the failing odometer/gas gauge problem hasn't recurred. Now there's a rattle in the steering column and the radio doesn't tune properly. I'm going to live with these, rather than try repairng 
14000 mi when the mechanics last repaired the electrical system, they damaged the OnStar system. After admitting they broke it (major deal), parts were ordered. The OnStar system unit that is found under the back seat was replaced. I hate OnStar's customer service. This repair was made completely painful by every customer service rep I dealt with in getting this problem fixed. 
17000 mi turn signals had stopped turning off after turns were completed. Both left and right directions were affected. Both slight and sharp curves caused the problem. Problem happened at both slow and fast speeds. The passenger-side mirror fell out of the visor with no provocation (no picking at it or anything). The dealer replaced the entire visor. 
33000 mi remote door controllers failed. batteries replaced but did not fix problem. controllers for left and right door locks were replaced. seems to have fixed the door remote problem. 
38000 mi Passenger side strut mount had worn out. 
65500 mi

US $100
Rear springs 
70700 mi

US $100
the car was making terrible noises over very small bumps. front struts replaced. *d car still had terrible noise when going over small road. replaced front struts. 
75000 mi

US $600
wheel hub bearings failed. replaced hub bearings and all four tires (wear from misalighment) 
83000 mi

US $169
this is the third battery I've had in this car in 8 years. 
85700 mi

US $15
all the warning lights on the dash lighted up. cleared codes except for tire pressure. That one is permanently lit. 
94000 mi Most of the dash warning lights are on. The tire pressure warning will not stop 
41000 mi

US $86
Sunroof screetching on closing, heated seats repair. 
59000 mi

US $200
Right front hub bearing. 
65000 mi

US $707
Rear window defogger didn't work. Light came on but no action. Both remotes worn out, buttons no longer reacted to touch. This is at least th third remote I've had swapped out. The first two times were free and this time they charged for both. Added 200 to. Estimate. 
4000 mi *Replaced peeling pinstripe 
9000 mi Replaced bubbled Chevrolet "bowtie" on rear entry hatch. 
42000 mi Air pressure monitor in three of the four wheels blanked out 
62000 mi

US $100
Having problems with the TPMS. In warm/hot weather constantly getting Service indicator on dash. Replaced a couple of sensors. Resetting wouldn't solve the problem. 
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 5-speed manual FWD

13000 mi Remote entry quit working and also tire pressure monitors quite working. 
36000 mi 3rd trip to dealer for noise under dash driver side previous claimed noise was normal then claimed warped brake rotors and pads damaged did not fix problem then claimed manual tranmission noise steering intermediate shaft and column fixed 3rd trip to dealer door locks very eratic this time replaced body control module and 1 transmitter twice first new one bad locks still bad dealer has been waiting for 3 weeks for loaner so they can try again dealer was to replace gravel guard rt rear door changed rear chevy bowtie instead.  Fixed correct part this time, the gravel guard on the right rear door. 
53000 mi passenger airbag warning left rear electric doorlock left turn signal intermittent no cancel passenger airbag warning intermittent. dealer says its passenger seat belt retracter causing it. says they will cover cost since they botched it before. 

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2008 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

149-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

25000 mi Electric Door locks failed 
31000 mi

US $130
Ignition switch hard to turn with key 
18000 mi Noise in blower fan. 
26000 mi Low air volume coming from the airconditioner vents 
50000 mi BCM had a short 
65000 mi

US $105
remote mirrors quite working 
135000 mi Water leak in drivers floor board. It turned out to be the wiring boot between the front fender and the drivers side door. It was fixed. 
8000 mi Throttle Position Sensors not reporting within accepted values. wiring harness repaired by dealer per TSB 
15000 mi radio would, at random intervals, change the frequency by 1 increment (ie., listening to 94.1, radio would tune to 94.3 or 93.9. sometimes it would change back. It stopped doing this the day before dealer visit, dealer replaced radio anyway!!! 
19000 mi Loud popping/grinding noise from right front wheel area. 
36000 mi Groans over bumps, took in dealer replaced steering column, noise still there, lubed strut mounts and noise is still there key fob wouldn't work, dealer order new one and either didn't give me the new one or didn't order the part. key fob still not working. 
37500 mi Same groaning noise over bumps dealer admitted they couldn't fix it but tried once more by replacing the right front strut and assembly, problem remains unfixed. Still no new key fob also. 
42000 mi New key fob. 
57000 mi Groaning noise in suspension never fixed. 
95500 mi

US $120
Replaced hydraulics on drum both sides as well as brake shoes. Turned drum to spec. 
100000 mi Resistor went out then the entire fan and controller. Repairs unsuccessful thus far. 
102500 mi

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

US $16
Replace torn serpentine belt. 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 
41000 mi

US $300
I could not shift out of park. I would try time and time again until I got lucky. An internal short was found in the shift lock control solenoid. The dealer replaced the entire shifter assembly. 
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. 
73000 mi Front struts were leaking. The dealer replaced both struts. I had a clunking noise in the front end. The dealer found the lower left control arm was loose so they replaced it. While replacing the assmebly, the right front stabilizer links broke while removing them so the stabilizer bar link was repla 
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. 
110000 mi

US $210
Both front speakers stopped working. This meant that there was no noise from the signals, warning lights, OnStar didn't work and if I pushed the lock button the 4 dings I always hear weren't there either. 
122300 mi First the tire monitor for the left rear tire quit working so it wouldn't show when I looked for the tire pressure on the display. I went to the dealer and after looking at it I was told that the repair would cost about $130.00. It didn't fx A sensor stopped working and the dealer said that I could drive with it not working and it would be ok. The cost to replace the sensor would be about $180.00. No way. 
30000 mi Right front sway bar was noisy over speed bumps. 
31000 mi Ignition key would not turn in the ignition. Could not move out of park or turn the steering wheel so it had to be towed to the dealer. 
33000 mi Tire pressure monitor for one wheel went out. 
34000 mi Mass air flow sensor replaced. 

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2008 Chevrolet HHR 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

24000 mi ongoing electrical problems, rattles in suspension, parts falling off in interior. car is extremely unreliable, will never buy another GM. Both HHR's fell apart after 20,000 miles on them. 

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2007 Chevrolet HHR

Engine not specified

29000 mi Remote Door Locking mechanism failed -- AGAIN. I have an 11 year old remote that I've only replaced the battery on -- perhaps twice. I just had to go to the shop AGAIN this week because of the failed HHR Keyless Remote. 
41000 mi Power door lock on the Driver's side stopped locking the door. It did Unlock the door. The keyless remote stopped working AGAIN. This is the 4th remote I've needed now for this vehicle. My 1998 Chev Astro Van's remote is still working fine and has always been on the same key ring. The GM Keyless Remotes are GARBAGE!!!! 

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2007 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

175-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

59000 mi

US $60
Replaced mirror switch. Sunroof cable snapped, removed wind deflector. 
70500 mi

US $135
76000 mi replaced rear hub 
78000 mi

US $7000
three separate rattles repaired, and a bracket was found to have one end broken off and was replaced 

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2007 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

175-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

51000 mi

US $100
Replaced rear hub assembly after ABS and Traction lights came on. 
78000 mi Wheel bearing replaced. 
100000 mi

US $150
Oil leak 
121300 mi Replaced bad starter. 
136000 mi

US $400
Service traction light came on. Replaced wheel bearing. 
160000 mi Not able to shift out of park. Check engine light on. Broken part on sunroof causing a leak. 
165000 mi

US $250
hole in flex portion of exhaust. Replaced which include catalytic converter. 
171000 mi

US $300
Service traction warning. Hard shifting. Replaced both variable timing solenoids. Problem still there. Currently back in the shop 
22000 mi Headliner Rattle / Support came unglued. 
26000 mi Shifter Interlock broken / Key stuck in ignition. Intermittent rattle from right passenger door.  
28000 mi Replace Front Left Wheel Bearing 
29000 mi

US $56
Random Engine Misfire 
31000 mi Pop Clunk When going over Bump Pop Clunk When going over Bump / Intermediate Shaft Replaced 
33000 mi Engine Misfire / Fuel Injector Replaced 
35000 mi Transaxle Shaft Seal Leaking / Replaced Lubricate Sway Bar Bushings 
39000 mi Front wheel bearing replaced. Replace front sway bar bushings. Front struts also leaking and bad, but traded car instead of replacing them. 
8000 mi Poor gas mileage. Took in for routine maintenance, oil change. Tech loaded new update for pcm. Have not driven veh enough to know if change has made a difference. 
9000 mi Humming sound in right front of vehicle. Thought it might be flex pipe from catalytic converter. Turned out to be wheel bearing. 
17000 mi Remote start, very cold outdoor temp. Car had been driven an hour previously for a few minutes only. When started from a distance of 100 yds away could hear a distinct popping sound from exhaust and smell gas odor when approaching the vehicle. 
18000 mi Sun roof action tilt opening and closing very loud and sounded like it was hanging up. The dealership cleaned and lubed. Could not replicate sound. Weather was warm. Hear rattle in steering column, driver's side. Thought might be bushings in sway bar. Turned out to be lost screw in mud flap. This fixed. Still hearing rattle. Two problems found in steering. One fixed. Other part ordered. Not sure which. 
20000 mi Replaced a part in the steering column. That part was actually repaired correctly. *duplicate Steering column replaced. 
23000 mi Still hearing "old" rattle. This time head of service rode in vehicle and heard what I was hearing. Was play in left side suspension. 
36300 mi

US $258
Reinstalled regulator bolt that had fallen out inside rear driver's door window. 
45000 mi

US $20
clunking noise. ordered part. in the steering assembly. 
47000 mi 2nd replacement of intermediate shaft. 
49500 mi Replaced worn stabilizer link on left/driver's side. Had reported "clunking" sound. Was taking to service when involved in accident. While in for body work tech identified exact issue. After return of veh, service techs fixed problem. 
52000 mi AC blowing hot air. thought needed recharge. Needed all new AC condenser. 
60500 mi

US $50
replaced right front control arm 
75500 mi

US $60
Dash mounted storage bin replaced due to broken hinge. 
86500 mi

US $500
Replace driver's front wheel bearing. I put new wheels on the car in August, the stock wheels kept corroding and wouldn't let the tires hold air. 
97000 mi

US $1122
Replaced leaking gas lines 
141000 mi

US $800
Timing chain skipped one tooth on the crankshaft sprocket. All timing related parts had to be replaced. 
177000 mi Windshield wiper linkage joint on driver's side came apart due to worn plastic joint. I drilled the joint with a 3/16 bit and added a bolt with nut to secure the joint. 
186700 mi

US $65
Left front wheel bearing went out. Replaced worn front brake pads at the same time. 
213300 mi Mode door actuator failed under dash. Air would only blow from the Defrost and Floor vents. I manually moved the door so that the air only blows from the dash cents for the summer. Will Chang it back for winter. 
216000 mi

US $50
Bad fuel injector for cylinder #2. Replaced with used injector from salvage yard. MPG increased from 28 to 30 mpg after repair. 
235000 mi

US $75
Water pump started leaking. Even after using the special tool (that allows changing the pump without disturbing the timing chain), the tensioner over tightened itself and the chain made noise. Had to pull timing cover to reset tensioner. 
63000 mi

US $600
they had to replace a leaking condenser 
93000 mi

US $100
Dealer said had to replace injectors for cylinders 2 and 4. Work done at independent shop to save money. Light came back on, actually 1 and 3, dealer was wrong. Replaced those. 
99000 mi

US $180
It was a sensor or actuator that was part of the variable valve timing system. Had the car back by noon. 
114000 mi

US $15
The tab for the rear defogger broke. Attempted to fix with aftermarket kit. It worked for a while but broke again, will have to fix again myself. 
35000 mi Key fobs for remote locks and starter did not work. And blower motor made a slight ticking souund. All replaced under warranty. 
43000 mi

US $550
In for PA state inspection, R/R sway-bar links. I was not aware of a problem. Also installed new tires plus 4 wheel alignment. The cost of the tires are not in the repair cost. 
52000 mi

US $350
Replaced both front strut assemblies and rear shocks and springs. Both front struts were leaking and would not pass PA State Inspection. Replaced rear springs and shocks at same time, though no problem with the back. Also alignment 
61000 mi Bad Shock 
68000 mi

US $278
Hub assemblies/wheel bearings 
75000 mi

US $35
leaking/wet rear shock 
22000 mi Had to replace Heater/AC fan in cabin.  

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2007 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

149-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

119660 mi

C $600
Replace Right Wheel Bearing Assembly Rubber Bushings or mount replaced Struts, would be another $600, not yet done Dry and Noisey 
120860 mi

C $540
Left front Wheel bearing Assembly $150 Left front Sway bar link MOOG $190 Left front Ball Joint MOOG $200 
144460 mi

C $25
on 4 th replacement of right rear tail light bulb, they are only lasting a day or two, has been a regular small issue, but frequency is getting much worse, right head light is also becoming a frequent replacement issue. 
151900 mi

C $240
Lower A Arm Attachments Both L and R 
154140 mi Replace Stabilizer bar, again. This car has a wonderful power train. and a garbage suspension on the front end. 

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2007 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

149-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

112300 mi

US $80
The problem is intermittent. The analog and digital coolant temp gauge won't function. When this occurs the AC will not put out any cold air. The coolant sensor has been replaced yet the problem persists. 
115000 mi

US $222
Check engine light comes on. The digital and analog coolant temperature gauge won't function. The AC will not emit cold air. The thermostat was replaced and now all is well. 
124000 mi

US $475
Needed new struts in the front 

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2006 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

172-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

14000 mi Intermittent wipers not working properly or consistently. Dealer had previously told me it was "known" problem and ordered parts. This time I was told that there was no such known issue, no parts were ever ordered, and they could not duplicate problem so Back emblem had delaminated. Replacement had supposedly been ordered from previous visit, but such was not the case. They took one off of new vehicle to replace mine. 
17000 mi Car occasionally won't start 
18000 mi Car's electronics occasionally go dead - as if there is no battery. Jump start works sometimes; push start always works. Dealer replaced starter. I commented that if is there is no power to open the doors, the starter is probably not the problem. ... 
20000 mi Same occasional "dead" problem. Fine CSR (from other dealership location) had tech friend who found service bulletin. Parts were ordered; appointment made; but local techs decided car did not need the parts. Nothing was done, so expect problem to recur. 
20000 mi *Also replaced door-restrain bar that had cracked sheating. Warranty repair, so no charge to me. Door restraint bar had cracked sheathing and was replaced. 
22000 mi Again addressed occasional dead/no start problem. Corporate involved. Level of attentiveness much improved. Replaced ignition switch. They're not sure this is the fix, but it was best guess. Month has passed, but problem only once every 3 mos on average. 
25000 mi Another attempt at intermittent start problem. Acted up immediately, so they ordered more parts and scheduled another try. Replaced bcm and other modules. Had MANY problems when picked up, so they kept it another two days. Some minor problems remain, but main one hasn't occurred again yet, though it's been only 2 weeks. new problem...gas mileage down by 15%. 
26000 mi Same problems recurred, so October repair also was a failure, and new problem created - mileage down 20%. GM involved again cuz nobody knows what to try. All my dealer contacts fired-again, so starting again with new person. I am pushing for new car. 
27000 mi New service manager and general manager neither has any idea what to do, so we are negotiating an arbitration for a replacement vehicle. 
27000 mi Dealer took one last shot at fixing recurring "no-start" problem, but found nothing. Reached agreement to get me into new vehicle. Transaction is complete and I will add vehicle here. 

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2006 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

172-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

40000 mi

US $450
Door locks on driver's side of car stopped working. BCM was flashed and found to be defective. Replaced BCM. Problem solved. Cost of BCM 500.00 "Failed inspection because of divet in windshield. Windshield had to be replaced. 
59000 mi Wind deflector on sunroof broke. Wanted $1700.00 plus 8 hours labor to fix it. I replaced it with a $50.00 plastic wind deflector from the local autoparts store. 
105000 mi

US $100
Sway bar linkage broken on right side 
53000 mi Continuing electrical problem - resistor blows out on A/C. Successful, but this is a multiple repeat repair. 
59000 mi Blower motor resistor blows once or twice a year. 
63000 mi Headlight shorting out. Dealer repaired again. 
25000 mi sunroof deflector broke and jammed the window, had to replace unit. 
27000 mi Slow or no start , they said it was the pos. battery was did not repair my HHR 
40000 mi Could not be shifted from park. Shifter replaced at no cost to me. 
65000 mi Running light seemed to be missing.-----had fallen off and was in the "hole' Pulled forward and plugged in. 
75000 mi

US $450
Electrical problem. 
106000 mi Cracked transaxle housing with fluid leak. Exhaust leak at flex joint in pipe containing catalytic converter. 
127000 mi

US $1000
some part of crankshaft broke and object created hole in crankcase leading to oil being evacuated from crankcase 
135000 mi

US $200
Original alternator failed 
137000 mi replacement rebuilt alternator died after 2 weeks of use 
139000 mi

US $300
Turns out that the alternator was damaged by the power steering motor going bad. Unclear if the first alternator was ruined the same way. Power steering motor replaced. Replaced steering column which fixed power steering. But car continues to blow power steering fuse. Will need further diagnoses. 
140500 mi

US $325
wire incorrectly run to fuse block should have been run to battery terminal. Unknown when this wiring error occurred but may have been from factory. 
148000 mi

US $170
Check engine light came on and stayed on. Used code reader which reported either failed catalytic converter or downstream O2 sensor failure. Replaced O2 sensor since catalytic converter was replaced aprx. 18 months ago. Clrd code prob. gone 
207000 mi

US $300
Replaced frozen alternator and tensioner pulley assembly 
213700 mi

US $115
Serpentine belt broke while on trip. Belt was recently replaced along with alternator and tensioner. 
31000 mi shifter assembly replaced. key would stick in ignition. 
33000 mi t/c light came on when acclerating hard, car ran funny. would reset after car was turned off for a minute or so. MAF sensor was replaced 
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. 
4000 mi Pulls right before and after alignment. Finally adjusted steering to center. 
9000 mi Dome light defective. Fell off. Replaced full assembly. 
10000 mi Water on front floor. Fan only worked on high setting, watercorroded electrical control, from a water leak. Another appointment for in depth water leak search. Printed up 4 pages of tsb's and 10 pages of customer comments on water leak results from "HHR Forum". Presented to service tech. They spent 1 1/2 days "repairing. Hopefully all is well. 
13000 mi Sunroof screen support broke. Compass located in rear view mirror sticking. 
15000 mi battery dead, switch in tramission shift replaced 
23000 mi heater fan 
23000 mi replace fan and resistor 
27000 mi replace both front strut ASMS, 4 Tires and alignment. 
27000 mi *d replace struts 
30000 mi replace strut upper brackets. Loose. 
172000 mi

US $230
AC/ Heat Blower motor and upper cover replaced. Motor failed due to water leak from upper cowl. 
7440 mi Growling noise when air conditioner was on. 
8060 mi Repaired A/C growl 
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. 
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. 
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.  
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 
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. 
57660 mi Table bushings were retightened, no additional cost. They loosen up easily if they are not tightened really tight. 
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. 
73760 mi

C $600
Lower driver side table 
87180 mi

C $180
Wiper arm broke Fan speed resistor broke 
89680 mi My inside door handle cracked at a stress point. I ordered a part from and I installed it myself. 
62000 mi

US $783
replaced LF hub assembly, $417.75 parts & labor Replaced front struts, mounts & bellows. Parts & Labor $783.34. Parts were KYB Excel. Repair cost included 4-wheel alignment and rear brake adjustment. 
66300 mi

US $157
replaced front sway bar bushing, parts,labor, tax 
83000 mi

US $339
Install new liftgate latch, parts & labor 
85000 mi

US $148
Replaced worn OEM sway bar end links. Installed Moog K750012 Sway Bar Links with grease fittings. Parts & Labor 147.74. 
96000 mi

US $150
evacuate system and recharge A/C refrigerant and oil 
97000 mi

US $533
Check engine light and traction control light and hard shifting. Diagnostic codes P0013 and P0014. Dealer replaced intake and exhaust camshaft actuator solenoids and cleaned throttle body. Engine air filter was also replaced. 
128000 mi

US $377
Found leak at AC condenser. Replaced condenser with new condenser. 
133000 mi

US $246
replaced leaking brake cylinder seals on rear wheels 
140000 mi

US $622
Replaced section of fuel lines near rear axle to eliminate fuel leak where line had corroded. DTC Code p2127 replaced faulty ECM with GM refurbished ECM and programmed ECM. 
96100 mi

C $1100
Front end rattling over bumps; wheel bearing and suspension repaired 
97300 mi

C $360
Driver side windshield wiper transmission motor replaced. 
125240 mi

C $150
Bar end links replaced. Intake and exhaust solenoids replaced as service engine light and traction light was present causing hard shifting, especially into 2nd gear. 

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2006 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

28000 mi HVAC blower quit working, blown fuse in BCM. 
32000 mi HVAC fan was making noise. Fan motor replaced under warranty. 
84000 mi

US $600
Ignition COntrol Module Thermostat 
95000 mi

US $35
Downstream O2 sensor. 
96000 mi

US $137
Had a P0240 code, hoped the downstream O2 was the problem, had to replace the cat. 
108000 mi

US $75
MAP sensor 
112700 mi

US $75
Upstream O2 

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2006 Chevrolet HHR 4dr Wagon

143-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

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 
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. 
90000 mi

US $50
Replaced alternator. 
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 
71000 mi **Linkage issue where when put in Park the key could not be turned to the off position. Dealer said that it had happened on a couple of the HHR's, they ordered parts, I took it in and it was repaired free of charge in one day. MK 050707 Duplicate 
94000 mi

US $150
*The factory battery was dead and I replaced it with an Optima Yellow Top battery. 
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. 
16000 mi squeaky drivers seat and oil change 
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. 
110000 mi

US $59
Inside door handle broke. I put in a new one. pretty easy. 
149000 mi

US $251
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. 
27000 mi Driver side wheel bearing needed to be replaced. Also, had to replace turn signal switch. 
49000 mi Steering column safety shock replaced. Crack in pipe coming off exhaust manifold to converter. Replaced cruise control switch. Power mirror switch replaced. 
57000 mi Drivers side door handle mechanism repaired. 
63000 mi Replaced chafed wire in wire harness by cylinder #3 Steering column malfunction. Replaced with new one. Throttle body gasket blown. Was replaced. 
101000 mi

US $600
Had to replace the ECM. 
116000 mi

US $350
Worn link and torn boot 
122000 mi Replaced the ignition switch under the recall. The car would shut off if you just touched the key. But it never shut off by itself. Now the old key still works in the ignition and the door even though they changed the lock mechanism. 
132700 mi The plastic sunroof support broke and I couldn't close the roof panel. I took it to the dealer and was told it would be at least $1200 to repair. I found a way to close it and will not have it repaired because of the cost. 
134000 mi

US $700
Replaced front wheel bearings, they were very noisy. 
152000 mi battery replaced cost $150.00 
152000 mi Broken plastic sunroof support. 
184000 mi

US $85
Lost use of drivers side headlight low beam, connections checked and fuse replaced. 
184000 mi

US $85
front inner driver's door handle replaced. being made of plastic, it had worn out and literally broke off. right rear light in bumper, left front turn signal 
49600 mi Electric power steering gave error message in driver information centre. Looked up on web and found there was a recall for same problem. Replaced electric motor. Flex pipe rusted through at motor. Had to replace whole pipe back to catalytic converter as it is all 1 piece. 
53280 mi The handle broke off of the glovebox making it impossible to open. had to buy whole glovebox as the latch mechanism does not come separately.  
54560 mi The clear coat on the front hood nose had started to crack, and there was a reaction to something with the paint in another spot.The body shop repaired the paint problem by fixing the problem with the paint and re clearcoating the hood. 
74400 mi

C $50
Cracked manifold 
77500 mi

C $81
Previously was told by dealer that car had a cracked exhaust manifold, this shop found that the bolts on the right hand side were loose 
78120 mi

C $100
Replaced sway bar links 
86140 mi Had metalic rattle near drivers rear wheel. They removed a Heat guard that had rusted through and become loose. 
91760 mi My gauges and message centre quit working. I tried restarting the car a couple of times. Still did not work. Checked fuses and all of them were fine. Left the car to check the internet for help. came back and it worked. 
92360 mi

C $987
Replaced struts and swaybar links as the front end would clunk each time it hit a bump no matter how small. Also replaced front tires and did front wheel alignment 
99660 mi The transmission started banging each time it shifted gears. Fluid and filter change didn't help. Replaced internal parts. 
62000 mi Had to change driver side headlight. Had to remove the plastic wheel well cover with wheel cranked all the way to the right. Could not see the headlight during removal or install. Had a mechanic friend do it because I was frustrated. 
64000 mi Leaking front struts replaced. Lower Control arm bushings replaced. Steering column replaced 
70000 mi

US $400
Ignition coil and module both went bad. Ext. Warranty only covers the ignition coil not the module (under the electrical portion of the Chrysler Group Service Contract)I paid $100 deduct for coil and full price for module. 
79000 mi

US $160
Water was leaking on passenger floor during hard rain.It was a bad seal on the butyl patch which is under the hood and below the windshield area. I found the TSB after a long search online. I had to give it to the dealer myself.I had to pay. 
115000 mi

US $560
Leaking rear main seal 
131500 mi

US $85
Power steering motor failing intermittently, evidenced by loss of power and message on the DIC. Key off and back on normally resulted in resumed operation. Easy self repair, unit installed under dash on steering column. 
133000 mi

US $1170
Exhaust leak near catalytic converter, which I noticed because of the sound. Also, check engine light. O2 sensor and catalytic converter replaced. 
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 
137000 mi

US $536
Open circuits found in fuse block. Culprit turned out to the the fuse block (UBEC) connector, which was repaired manually. 
139000 mi

US $788
Alternator failed. Not surprising after 139000 miles! $475 for an alternator I could have gotten for $120 at O'Reilly, plus $312 labor... that was a surprise. 
63000 mi

US $120
Reprogram anti-theft system. Engine wouldn't crank 
75000 mi

US $3800
Burned exhaust valves 

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