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

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problem #123

Jun 062019


  • 100,000 miles
Chevrolet HHR 2009, doors mechanism. Door latches stop working and can open at a turn or while driving. Or latch can lock you in unable to get out of vehicle in an accident and or emergency. I was driving home and back door flew wide open I had not opened it at all but when doors lock and open they all do so the back latch opened never closing unaware of this the door flew open almost causing an accident at an intersection.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #122

Jul 172018


  • 165,000 miles
For the last month my electrical system has been going haywire, all of a sudden all my gauges start fluctuating and all service indicator lights will come on and after the car is off for a while all warning lights will go off. This morning on my way to work my security lock and ESC warning lights came on and when I stop and start to go again the car feels like it is getting hit from behind. My two rear windows no longer work, front passenger door will not unlock automatically and driver door handle is broken. I have seen a lot of electrical issues on this site, yet there have been no recalls. What is going on??

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #121

Dec 102017


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. While driving at an unspecified rate of speed, the curtain air bags deployed with force on the driver's and front passenger sides. The driver's hearing was impacted for days after the air bag deployment. A head injury was sustained and the air bags had to be maneuvered for the driver to exit the vehicle. Medical treatment was not received. The vehicle was not diagnosed; however, ourisman Chevrolet of bowie (16610 governor bridge rd, bowie, md 20716, (301) 262-7600) was contacted. The vehicle was parked at the contact's residence. The manufacturer was to investigate the failure to determine what caused the air bags to deploy. A police report was not filed. The contact and the driver were waiting for a response from the manufacturer pertaining to the failure and to address NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and 14V171000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was not available. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Berwyn Heights, MD, USA

problem #120

Jul 282017


  • 1,088,223 miles
The var jerks when it reaches gear changes and makes it harder to steer and the check engin light stays on. Shows error code U0101

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #119

Aug 302017


  • 80,000 miles
One night after work I got into my car and had no headlights after having bulb changed three times!!! this car has cost me more money then any car I have ever owned and there's not even 100000 miles on it the whole car should be recalled

- St Clair Shores, MI, USA

problem #118

Nov 302016


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the key fob would inadvertently function when she attempted to open the vehicle doors. Also, the hydraulic for the hatchback would cause it to independently open. The contact had to use a stick to keep the hatchback from closing. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 46,000.

- Neworleans, LA, USA

problem #117

Nov 292015


  • 32,000 miles
The ESC has gone out and the turn signals work, but now I have to turn them off manually. The ignition has been replaced twice. Once when it was new because the ignition would not turn off. The second time was a recall. The digital display which includes the radio, and information system turns on and off intermittently.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #116

Oct 182016


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle stalled and the ESC warning indicator illuminated. The contact mentioned that the security lock warning indicator also illuminated. The contact had to make multiple attempts of turning the ignition key back and forth before the vehicle restarted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was approximately 110,000.

- Morganton, NC, USA

problem #115

Oct 052016


  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced a complete loss of power. After attempting to manually restart the vehicle, the contact stated that the key could not be turned to start the vehicle. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V171000 (electrical system); however, the recall could not be performed because the technician could not remove the ignition cylinder. The contact was informed that, in order to remedy the failure, they would have to fracture and detach the housing at the contact's expense. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 138,000. Parts distribution disconnect. The VIN was not provided.

- Cadiz, KY, USA

problem #114

Oct 102009


  • 54,285 miles
The contact owned a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving at 45 mph, the vehicle stalled and the steering wheel seized without warning. As a result, the contact crashed into a tree. The contact stated that the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained injuries to the head, a fractured arm, and a fractured femur that required medical attention. The contact also stated that on several occasions, the vehicle failed to start. The contact stated that the reverse gear failed to engage when the shift selector was placed into the reverse position. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 54,285.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #113

Dec 132015


  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. While driving 45 mph, the contact noticed that the air bag warning light became illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was not repaired. The failure mileage was 119,000.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #112

May 012015


  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. On several occasions, the vehicle would not start and a burning odor was present inside the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the cause of the failures. No further information was available. The manufacturer was notified. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 26,000.

- Galverston, TX, USA

problem #111

Feb 012014


  • miles
My 2009 HHR has what is referred to as the May 15, 2014 GM tail light malfunction. The malfunction is caused from faulty wiring and causes the brake lights illuminate without touching the brake pedal and they remain on while driving. This malfunction also disables safety features like electronic stability control which tries to correct for skids and panic braking assist, which is designed to make sure the vehicle's full braking power is being used in an emergency. It also disables the cruise control and the traction control. In 2014 G.M. said it knew of hundreds of complaints and 13 accidents associated with the problem. I have had several near accidents and several issues of road rage from other drivers since my HHR began the malfunctioning in February 2014 which is when I first contacted GM to get it fixed. Since then I have filed complaints with the NHTSA, the federal trade commission, the state of Wisconsin consumer protection Agency and GM but have not yet had anyone step up and fix the problem. Since the malfunction causes the BCM to lose memory with the brake positioning sensor I did take the vehicle to a certified GM dealership and had them re-learn the memory between the two. This solved the problem temporarily and lasted about two months. I cannot afford to have this done every two month as a solution. GM needs to be ordered to fix the issues correctly before someone is fatally injured.

- Gays Mills, WI, USA

problem #110

Oct 152015


  • 120,000 miles
Car would not crank, replaced battery, had alternator and starter tested all good. Had to have vehicle towed to vehicle repair shop. Now the part that is needed is not available new so now my mechanic has went through three parts that have not worked. It has to do with the fuse box. Why hasn't this vehicle not been recalled if Chevrolet no longer makes this part? I see a lot of Hhrs on the road and sooner or later these cars will have the same problem. This same vehicle had stalled on me before and the Chevrolet dealership could not find the problem.I still owe for a vehicle that cannot be fixed. Somebody please help get this car recalled.

- Marshall, TX, USA

problem #109

Jun 202015


  • 125,000 miles
While driving the car there are power/electrical surges. I have document this several times. The left rear tail lights repeatedly burns out, it doesn't just blow, it cracks and melts. To the point it literally melts the holder of the bulb. The surges are more frequent. I have to change burnt/ literally exploded bulbs ever 3-4 days. And I have called the Chevy dealer and they have told me this is electrical. The power surges can happen anytime with out notice. I called the dealership and I was informed that there was a recall on electrical system for a Chevy HHR but that my VIN number was not listed in this batch of recalls for electrical system malfunctions. I also called the Chevy headquarters and they informed me its my issue, there is no recall for my car for this and its not covered under warrenty. So I asked im just to keep driving a car that has electrical surges, what if it surges to the gas tank or something. She said its not covered. So, I want it formally documented that a report was issued; since it is happening all the time. I have gotten pulled over twice in 2 months for this light. And there is nothing I can do about it.. these surges have been happening over the past year, I was told that may be the reason that my passenger seat belt locked up ( causing me to have to cut my daughter out of it) and the reason the windows will sometime stop operating. But will eventually start back.

- Pittsboro, NC, USA

problem #108

Jul 012013


  • miles
Car would not turn off. Key would not turn. Eventually pulled fuse and got car to stop. Took to dealer next recalls came out later and I took it in three times to get recall things fixed. I still have same problems as other owners with my electrical system, the dic giving false information such as no air pressure in one of the tires, the ABS and traction need repair etc. Steering wheel almost always shakes when brake pedal is pushed and sometimes seems like it is driving under its own control. I have loved the car since I bought it with less than 9,000 miles on it in December 2010, but I drive my handicapped husband and elderly mother to many doctor appointments and cannot handle the anxiety of being an accident waiting to happen all the time. There is already the feeling of helplessness in car accidents without one driving a car that can't be controlled at all times. And these things happen out of the blue without warning. It isn't like you have even a feeling that something may be going out or that a problem is beginning. It's just boom, here's the situation, handle it! I, at all times, must keep my mind on the fact that my brakes, steering, transmission and/or electrical system may fail as I am driving down the street. This does not make for a calm driving experience. Nervousness and high anxiety is not a condition that anyone should be in when handling a potentially deadly weapon in and around other people, animals and vehicles. All these other owners can't be wrong, maybe GMC should just recall the whole car and let us get one we don't have to be afraid of causing an accident, so we can concentrate on our own and other people's driving to prevent them..

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #107

Jul 152015


  • 196,000 miles
The contact owned a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the front driver side electronic control panel failed to work and the front and rear windows failed to go up and down when used electronically. The contact indicated that the failure was worse during rainy weather. As the failure progressed, the vent controls failed to work for heating and air conditioning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was not able to remedy the failure. The parts were not available to schedule the recall repair for NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system), 14V153000 (steering), and 14V171000 (electrical system). While entering the road from a parking complex, the air conditioning control was turned on and smoke emitted into the interior of the vehicle near the dashboard. Extensive smoke was coming through the vents. The contact was able to coast the vehicle over to the side of the road. The vehicle erupted into flames and the front windshield melted downward. The fire department extinguished the flames. The vehicle was destroyed due to the failure and towed to a yard. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no remedy. The approximate failure mileage was 196,000.

- Taylorsville, KY, USA

problem #106

May 062015


  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that all the lighting on the instrument panel dimmed. The vehicle was taken dealer where it was unable to determine the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 113,000. The VIN was not available.

- Port Richey , FL, USA

problem #105

Apr 282015

HHR 4-cyl

  • 84,500 miles
I was driving down the highway and all of a sudden the service airbag warning light came on as well as the warning chime. I purchased the car used in August 2013, and soon after getting it the very same warning came on. I went back to the dealer and they had it sent to a local GM dealer to be fixed. I purchased the car from a Dodge and Subaru dealer and they were not able to do the repair. I was shown the repair paperwork stating that a faulty airbag sensor was replaced. Well just last week the very same thing happened again. The service airbag light comes on then goes off sometimes after only a few seconds. Then another warning light went on stating faulty air pressure sensor. The check engine light is on as well so I'm wondering if there is some type of electrical gremlin in the car. This is extremely frustrating because I like the car but all of these stupid little issues make me want to trade it in, and never buy anything made by GM ever again.

- Shiremanstown, PA, USA

problem #104

Apr 012015


  • miles
Letter from senator feinstein on behalf of constituent re complaint about General Motors. The consumer stated his 2009 Chevrolet HHR was not repaired adequately and was not repaired in a timely manner.

- Santa Barbara, CA, USA

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