really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,506 miles

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problem #63

Nov 302013


  • 65,500 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the key became lodged in the ignition switch, preventing the contact from powering off the vehicle. The contact mentioned that in order to power off the vehicle, the battery had to be disconnected and a fuse had to be removed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 65,500.

- Mohnton, PA, USA

problem #62

Oct 302013


  • miles
Ignition cylinder will not release the key. Ignition release spring works (moves freely) yet will not release the key. I had to remove the fuel pump fuse to turn off the car and, since the key was frozen in the on position, disconnect the battery. I was informed that the 'key stuck' issue was addressed under the Chevy service bulletin (09-02-35-005B, Feb 4, 2010) yet not on recall list. Was there a recall on this problem?

- Goodyear, AZ, USA

problem #61

Oct 132013


  • 60,200 miles
Drove HHR today, and when I went to turn off ignition, I could not turn the car off. Had to disconnect the battery, and pull a fuse. Taking car in tomorrow for repair. There was a mechanic in the lot I was in, who stated this is not the first time he has seen this problem on HHR ignition problem. Stated it is a tumbler issue, and Chevy is aware of this.

- Portage, IN, USA

problem #60

Aug 092013


  • miles
While driving the 2009 Chevy HHR back from work, without warning, the electric power steering stopped and a warning message came up on the dic. Once ignition was shut off the problem cleared temporarily. Over the past 24 hours the power steering has continued to exhibit the same erratic behavior.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #59

Feb 012013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
While driving at various speeds the power steering goes out making the difficult to control. I did research only to find that many other HHR owners experienced the same issue and several other Chevy models were recalled for the same issue. The Chevy dealer verified that the issue I was having (failure of the power steering motor) was the same issue seen in many other Chevy models. Chevy would not fix it and washed their hands of it. This has happened at various speeds. Restarting the car temporarily fixes it.

- St. Robert, MO, USA

problem #58

May 182011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 35,543 miles
This is my 2nd HHR first was great this is horrible. First problem was my locking mechanism on drivers side would not work. After the third time in the dealership they changed out the lock mechanism. Then I started having problems with my window not rolling down and my dash light going out for a period of 2-3 seconds. They fixed the window but could never find out what was going on with the dash. Then my airbag service light started coming on I had to take in twice for this incident. My steering problem started when I took my son in to do his driving test and all of a sudden it became very difficult to turn. We parked the car gave it a few minutes and started driving again, did the test and on the way home it happened again. We have just had to many problems with this vehicle.

- Willis , TX, USA

problem #57

Apr 192013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
I turned the key and started my car and then I couldn't turn it off. I could take the key out but it wouldn't shut off > I see that there are many problems online like this but I don't see a recall. This is going to cost me almost $ $500.

- Millbury, MA, USA

problem #56

May 142011

HHR 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
In late 2010, I decided to buy my wife a car; first I bought a Chevy cobalt first week of having it I was having too many problems, so I told it back to the dealer (lucky my cousin knew the owner of the dealer), I was able to trade it in for a HHR. While driving on the highway at a speed of 50 or so mile I went to turn the corner and the steering wheel was very hard to turn, I proceeded to get the car in a parking lot to see what was going on and to see if I needed so power steering, could not find a place to put the power steering fluid. So I turned off the car and after around 5 minutes I was able to drive for another mile and it did the same thing. It was very difficult to turn the corner; it was like having manual steering. I was in New Jersey and I had to drive back to Maryland without power steering. When I took it to one of my shops it get my car fix at all the time he informed my the HHR's has electrical power steering pump that can only be fix by the dealer. Went on the internet to see if I was the only one with this problem and come to find out that there are numerous people with the same problems with the Chevy cobalt and HHR, however there are only recalls for cobalts, not the HHR these two vehicles are made by the same company. Can you please respond, because im still trying to get the money together to get it fix; I know its going to cost me a arm and legs to get it fixed, because I have to go to the dealer, too bad because the makers of these cars have all the money and they keep pimping out the consumers. Real sad. Oh feel free to call me and to share my letter with the vehicle manufacturer. My HHR is sitting in my driveway until I get the money to fix it, hopefully soon. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #55

Apr 052013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the key would not turn the vehicle off. The contact removed the battery and the vehicle still did not turn off. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The failure mileage and current mileages was 66,000.

- Brasher Falls, NY, USA

problem #54

Jan 162013

HHR 4-cyl

  • 97,500 miles
I pulled in my driveway and put the car in park and could not turn off the key. I tried to everything, steering wheel, key, shifter, brakes, etc and I could not turn the car off or get the key out. I had to pull a fuse to get the car to shut down. This problem is similar, if not exactly, the same of other complaints on this type car. I will probably have to have it towed and repaired by a dealer at great expense. Not good for GM.

- Fayetteville, TN, USA

problem #53

Nov 222012


  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the key became lodged in the ignition switch, preventing the engine from being turned off. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted and advised the contact that the problem was caused by an electrical failure. The manufacturer referred the contact to the dealer to have the repairs performed. The failure mileage was 43,000.

- Big Falls, MN, USA

problem #52

Oct 272012


  • 60,000 miles
Buyers beware: On Saturday evening we put the HHR into park and went to turn off the key and the key got stuck in the ignition. Tried several times to reput the car into gear and turn they key but it was permanently stuck in the on position. Had to wind up pulling a fuse out of the engine to cut off the car. Just took it to the dealership and they are refusing to acknowledge a problem and are forcing us to pay hundreds of dollars to get the car fixed. They are also blaming us for pulling the fuse and it causing an indicator light to come on.

- Olar, SC, USA

problem #51

Aug 072012


  • 70,123 miles
I received a power steering failure message on the dash at the same time that I lost power steering while going home from dropping off my child at daycare. I drove home without the power steering, when I shut off the car and restarted it I had power steering again. This power steering failure has happened multiple times on the highway, residential neighborhoods and in parking lots; in total about 10-15 incidents in the last month.

- Cordova, TN, USA

problem #50

Oct 192012

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
We own a Chevrolet HHR which loses power steering almost immediately after turning the car on. We have had many many problems with this car since the beginning. Mainly steering column problems and power steering issues. We almost got into an accident while taking a right at low speed because of how hard the ''power'' (not) steering was. This has to be fixed now!!! it's been a well known problem since the beginning of the HHR line up. How come this issue has been partially recognized and taken care of on some vehicles with the exact part numbers"? cobalt, G5?, anyone". please research this problem.

- Coachella, CA, USA

problem #49

Oct 032012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
Key stuck in the iginition car still running. Key release doesn't work. Car was left running all night.

- Fort Stewart, GA, USA

problem #48

Jul 252012


  • 55,000 miles
Like others, there were some warning beeps and the message appeared on the dash "power steering". then the power steering went out. Once I cut the car off and back on, I had power steering back. This seems very similar to the reason for the recall on the cobalt and S5. Happened again on 7/26 and 7/27.

- Glen Allen, VA, USA

problem #47

Jul 232012


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the key was stuck in the ignition, which prevented him from shutting the vehicle off. The contact stated that in order to shut off the vehicle, he had to pull a fuse and disconnect the battery. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 67,000.

- Bridgewater , NJ, USA

problem #46

Jun 242012


  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the key would not remove from the ignition and the vehicle would not shut off. The contact had to pull fuses and disconnect the battery in order to shut the vehicle off. The vehicle had not been inspected to determine the cause of failure. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 51,000.

- Sacketes Harbor, NY, USA

problem #45

May 162012

HHR 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
While driving in rain wiper's stopped working after playing with switch and stopping pulling over in a safe place when traffic would let me I turned car key switch off and back on twice and they started working again after dealing with this more then one time drove car to a dealer after two days they tell me the main fuse box has a short in it and will need to be replaced I have a bumper to bumper extended coverage after talking with the dealer they are telling me this is not covered in warranty they also called the dealer were I bought it and they looked it up and said the same fuse box not covered so it will cost me over $600 to fix car I fill this is a safety relative item and should be covered ? if a short in this fuse box stopped wipers could it start a fire as well.

- Bastrop, TX, USA

problem #44

Apr 292012


  • 75,000 miles
When I put my Chevrolet HHR into park and proceeded to turn the car off, the ignition switch was stuck in the on position and I was unable to turn the ignition to the off position while the car was still running. I had to disconnect the battery cable and remove a fuse to get the vehicle to turn off completely, and am having to take it to the dealership tomorrow for a repair.

- Hendersonville, TN, USA

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