hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,023 miles

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problem #19

Aug 292019


  • 153,245 miles
When I turned off my car recently, I could smell gasoline. I could also smell it when the air conditioning was on. I took my HHR to heritage Chevrolet, and they pointed out that two fuel lines were rusted through and I was driving my car under dangerous circumstances...some of the gasoline was leaking close to the muffler. My service agent said a fire could have easily started. The mechanic replaced my fuel lines, and then told me that he has had to replace fuel lines in other Chevy HHR's and Chevy colbalts. At no time has GM ever notified me that my fuel lines can rust through, and that other cars have had the same issue: HHR or cobalt. However, this dangerous rusting has occurred in others. I went online and found out that others have experienced rusted fuel lines, and some have attempted to replace the lines themselves. A recall should have been issued. Hopefully no one will die in a tragic fire caused by gas leaks. I could smell the gasoline both when driving (especially with the air conditioning on, and when using the key to turn the car off. However, when looking underneath the car, I did not detect gas leaking from underneath, and I believe this was a slow leak, because my gas gauge did not show a dramatic loss of gas. I have written a letter of concern to the chairwoman and CEO of General Motors.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #18

Jun 222019


  • 81,000 miles
I can try to send photos and documentation once I get them from the mechanic. Fuel lines rusted creating leaks. Have read several other customer complaints noting the design and materials to be the cause. My vehicle just has 81,000 miles on it. I am 69 years old and have never had this happen in any vehicle nthat I have owned including vehicles that have had over 140,000 miles on them. The danger this faultly design has created for car owners as well as others drivers in their proximity needs to be addressed and corrected now. I am disabed and have carried oxygen tanks in my car and will need to in the future increasing the danger by this defect. This is a sagetyhazard to every HHR owner and nearby traffic. I do not understand why GM is not correcting this before there are tragedies when they have been made aware that the problem is their responsibility and they should be covering the costly repair of the dangerous flaw in their design.

- Ankeny, IA, USA

problem #17

Dec 282018


  • 128,568 miles
One more HHR that has a rusted fuel line, the car has 128xx miles on it when we noticed a gas smell. When inquiring what the smell was I found it was leaking under the back drive side door in front of the rear wheel. I looked online to find the fix, but found many complaints that this cars are leaking gas due to poor design and faulty parts. Called GM and asked for help. They were rude and said the car is old and past warranty. Well I have had many vehicles and none of them ever leaked gas. When I asked the rep, do you know what gas does? he ignored the question and started to read form his script. Spoke to the supervisor same thing unwilling to listen to reason and pay for the repairs. Brought the car to the dealer. Almost the same deal understanding but again unwilling to help with fixing. After a battle. We gave in and had the dealer fix it. Conveniently the tech cut the gas line where it was leaking. The bill came to $795. GM needs to address this issues. This is life threatening. GM needs to recall these cars and make it right.there have been recalls on air bags, well what good are the air bags if the car blows up.

- Stacy, MN, USA

problem #16

Dec 272018


  • 166,571 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. When the driver's door was opened, a very strong odor of fuel was noticed inside the cabin approximately four days ago. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer or an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 166,571.

- Alton, IL, USA

problem #15

Nov 192018


  • 90,000 miles
I was noticing when I exited the car a very strong fuel smell coming from the drivers side. Upon looking under the car I noticed a puddle of fuel under the car and it is constantly dripping. The car has 90,000 miles and I still owe money on it!

- Beacon, NY, USA

problem #14

Nov 092018


  • 95,000 miles
2009 Chevy HHR had problems with stick gear stuck and will not move on position to dr or rev for several minutes. Car has been hesitating and racing to then jerks like I'm being hit. Happens everyone I press on the gas. I took it into bauchman Chevrolet to have serviced and was told it was fixed 2 weeks later it is doing it again. It almost caused a rear end due to hesitation. I need to get this fixed by dealership. Others have reported same issues.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #13

Nov 092018


  • 95,000 miles
My 2009 HHR has a problem with the shift gear sticking and not releasing to put it in drive or reverse also I bet problems where the car is revving up while driving and then jerks like someone is hitting it from behind I took it into bachman Chevrolet to have it fixed and they said it was fixed it is now doing the same problem again I'm afraid I'm going to be hit while driving when it starts jerking and hesitating and the engine is revving while in drive not sure what is going on while I'm driving.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #12

Sep 272018


  • 100,044 miles
The fuel lines are leaking near the right rear tire. Upon inspection by a certified mechanic it was discovered that both lines are leaking. From experience after changing numerous this is a flaw with both GM's design as well as parts choice. The lines are run close to exhaust systems. To prevent potential problems GM wrapper the lines in heat insulation fabric. This fabric is holding moisture when it gets damp promoting accelerated rust issues. Gas line material itself appears to be mild steel and not stainless. So the design was bad when fuel lines were run in close proximity to exhaust systems and sub-par materials were used. Thousands of examples of this problem are available on the internet, googling "HHR fuel line leak problem rear tire" returns 549,000 results.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #11

Sep 062018


  • 105,802 miles
On September 6, 2018 on highway going to work. I got there park my vehicle noticed a strong gas odor. Gentleman in his car smell it as well look saw I had a gas leak from the left rear. Took it to be checked out was informed rusted gas line. I only had the vehicle for 9months and I checked for recalls only reading complaints with the same issues but not being recalled I was told this a fire hazard!!

- East St Louis, IL, USA

problem #10

Aug 212018


  • 115,000 miles
Fuel lines rusted out causing a fuel leak. Note: Date given is date diagnosed by mechanic. Mechanic noted, it's been rusted for a while.

- Glenmont, NY, USA

problem #9

Aug 242018


  • 85,000 miles
Was getting serviced and was informed that fuel lines were all rusted out and leaking very bad. Is GM doing anything about this"?"fire hazard

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #8

Jan 252017


  • 68,000 miles
The fuel line from the fuel tank to the engine bends around by the wheel and apparently rubs with everyday driving. Eventually it rubbed a hole in the fuel line. I noticed it after I parked the car and could see fuel dripping in front of the rear wheel. The line from front to back of the car is a single piece and cost something like $700 for the line alone. (stupid) instead of replacing the line I had a rubber fuel line clampped to the line as a temperary fix. After talking to a Chevy dealership and a mechanic at tire discounters, I was told by both places that this is a common problem. Both locations said that they get HHR's with this problem often. This needs to be on a recall list. This service was done on January 25, 2017 and the cost for the fix was $232. Thank you for your time.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #7

Jul 232018


  • 127,000 miles
Rusted fuel line at 127,000 miles with gas leaking. I noticed a strong gas smell from the driver side passenger area when outside of the vehicle when parked. After researching found this to be a known issue. The fuel line is not made out of stainless steel and therefor rusts out in areas of the country that use salt on the roads in winter. Huge safety concern. Spoke with GM and received no compensation for sub-par parts used for fuel line on this vehicle when manufactured.

- West Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #6

Jun 202018


  • 71,200 miles
The fuel lines are rusting and have begun to leak gasoline. Leak occurs while stationary and while driving

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #5

Jun 202018


  • 132,000 miles
Started smelling raw gasoline when driving and stationary... discovered fuel line leaking/seeping gas on driver side in front of rear tire, above the hot exhaust. Fuel tank straps are also rusted. This is very common in HHR and cobalt - need to recall before someone dies in a car fire! note: It can be seen in the attached photo - the discoloration of the metal is from it being saturated in gasoline.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #4

Aug 012017


  • miles
The gas line is rusted and leaking. There is a strong odor of gasoline at the rear drivers side tire of my car. It leaves a fuel on my driveway

- Gansevoort, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 092017


  • 90,000 miles
April of 2017 the fuel lines of my HHR rusted and I had them replaced. November of 2017 plastic fuel line connector that connects fuel line to fuel tank failed. While driving home through the city of lancaster I smelled gas. I pulled into a parking lot to inspect and I observed gas leaking from the tank. Gas leaked out while I was parked at a store. The fire department and hazmat had to be called to clean up spilled gas. I had the car towed to my mechanic. He reported to me that the plastic part (22719582) failed. He has been trying to find a part and he reports to me that the part is unavailable. He thinks many other HHR's are experiencing the same problem. While researching the problem on line I discovered many other HHR's had similar problems with the fuel line.

- Willow Street, PA, USA

problem #2

Nov 092017


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. While driving, the fuel line separated and there was an abnormal odor of fuel. The vehicle was towed to a local dealer (graybill bros 1459 beaver valley pike, refton, pa 17568) where it was diagnosed that the fuel line/locking clips failed. The contact was informed that the parts were on backorder. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Willow Street, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 042017


  • 107,000 miles
Gas lines exiting the fuel tank run through a flexible heat shield as they run past the left rear wheel to the bottom of the car (prior to running up to the engine). The fuel lines in the flexible heat shield have significant run and have started to leak fuel. This fuel pools under the car when stationary and sprays onto the exhaust system while in transit. This was not a sudden event, the rust has occurred over time, however is not detectable during routine inspection due to the heat shield. This incident was noticed due to the gas fumes which collected in the car during a start-up. There was no other indication until the fumes were investigated.

- Bloomington, IN, USA