10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,751 miles

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problem #113

Nov 092018

HHR

  • 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 #112

Nov 092018

HHR

  • 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 #111

Jun 012017

HHR

  • 5 miles
The car lost some steering and speed all happened while I was driving the car.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #110

Jul 282017

HHR

  • 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 #109

Aug 282017

HHR

  • 60,000 miles
The steering wheel turns to right by itself while driving slow. I have to hold the steering while real tight and firm to stop it from turning right. On Aug 26 2017 at 5pm, I was ready to make a slight right turn, but the steering wheel took control over me, the car turned right by itself before I turned the steering wheel. This morning while driving in slow traffic, the steering wheel turned towards right, I had put strength and hold firm and strong with my hands on steering wheel to stop it from turning right by itself. While driving fast, I felt the steering wheel vibrate towards right and heard vibrating sound...it could be life threatening if the steer wheel is out of control.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #108

Dec 102016

HHR

  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. While reversing at a low speed, the power steering warning indicator illuminated and the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (power steering). The failure mileage was 91,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #107

Oct 232016

HHR

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. When the contact started to drive the vehicle, the power steering seized. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that there was no power going to the steering. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 75,000.

- Oak Forest, IL, USA

problem #106

May 162015

HHR

  • 126,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. Shortly after purchasing the vehicle, the manufacturer stated that the vehicle was included in four recalls. The contact was advised to have the vehicle receive the recall repairs despite no failures occurring. Once the vehicle received the recall repair for the power steering and had the power steering assist motor replaced, the power steering failed. The following day, while driving approximately 5 mph, the power steering failed without warning. The contact parked the vehicle and restarted the vehicle; however, the power steering was still inoperable. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who informed the contact that they were able to repair the vehicle; however, the diagnostic results were not provided. The vehicle was repaired; however, the contact was unsure of what was replaced. The failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 126,000.

- Woodstown, NJ, USA

problem #105

Feb 012014

HHR

  • miles
The electrical system in the car has shut down and has caused my power steering to go out while I am driving. It dings so I have some notice. But none the less really scary and very hard to turn going 20 mph. My brakes are very hard when this happens. My thermostat/ coolant information is currently displayed as dashes (----) across my dash, making this really difficult to know if it is hot or has run out and my ac is connected to this also so when it decides to work my ac will work. It will turn off and on while driving too. My mph reads my speed going 20 mph over what I am actually driving. My car has completely shut off while driving. The check engine light comes on and off making it more difficult to get codes.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #104

Feb 202015

HHR

  • 140,000 miles
Went to back HHR out of my garage and the brake pedal was rock hard with no give. Power steering has no power and the exc light is on. Not safe to drive at all. I have had numerous problems with this car. The ignition, air bags, brakes, door lock actuators...the list goes on. This one takes the cake due to safety concerns.

- Peru, IL, USA

problem #103

Oct 092013

HHR 4-cyl

  • miles
2009 Chevrolet HHR. Consumer states paid for power steering repair. Request reimbursement. The consumer stated the power steering failed.

- Saint Albans, WV, USA

problem #102

Oct 062014

HHR

  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the dealer was contacted in reference to NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V047000 (electrical system), 14V171000 (electrical system), and 14V153000 (steering). The contact indicated that the warning lamp illuminated for the air bag and remained lit. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and was unable to provide a reasonable date to perform the recall repairs. The approximate failure mileage was 84,000.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #101

May 122010

HHR

  • 19,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, there was an abnormal noise coming from the bottom part of the steering column as the steering wheel seized. In addition, the contact stated that the ignition became fractured while in the on position as the ESC and the check engine warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition and the power steering motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred on numerous occasions. The contact was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 19,000.

- Battleground, WA, USA

problem #100

Sep 202014

HHR

  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that after the vehicle being serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14E021000 (electrical system), the engine failed to start after several attempts and that the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was unknown.

- Edinburg, TX, USA

problem #99

May 012014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 170,000 miles
I have had 3 problems so far where my power steering went out. I have contacted two different Chevy dealers and they said that my VIN number is not on the recall list. On the GM website it says that there is a recall on the 2009 Chevy HHR electronic power steering. Because the dealer says my VIN is not included they refuse to honor the recall. I would like GM to step up and take responsibility to repair this issue. I am concerned that I could be involved in a accident because of this issue. media.GM.com/media/us/en/GM/news.detail.html/content/pages/news/us/en/2014/Oct/1007-recalls.html media.GM.com/media/us/en/GM/news.detail.html/content/pages/news/us/en/2014/Mar/0331-power-steering.html.

- St. Cloud, FL, USA

problem #98

Sep 092014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 38,888 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. While driving approximately 10 mph and making a turn, the contact heard a loud scraping noise coming from the steering column. The failure occurred immediately after the vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer and repaired. The failure recurred and the dealer stated that the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired for the most recent failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 38,888. Updated 11/20/14 updated 08/30/2017

- Okolona, MS, USA

problem #97

Sep 102014

HHR

  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The contact stated that the ignition failed to start the vehicle and the steering column failed to lock when the engine was turned off. The failures occurred multiple times. The contact stated that the failures began after the vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 14E021000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 53,000.

- Milford , NH, USA

problem #96

Aug 172014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 47,100 miles
I was pulling out of a parking space at wal mart and a beeping sound got my attention and then I realized the steering wheel was almost impossible to turn.. I stopped in the middle of the lane and turned the car off... we sat there for about 15 seconds and I started the car again and the steering was fine then.. we then drove about a half mile to the dollar tree and it happened again as I was pulling into a parking space.. I parked and we went in the store.. when I came back out it was working again... then today, Sept. 15, 2014, I pulled into the library and as soon as I started to turn into a parking space, the steering wouldn't work and the beeping sound started and the power steering light was on again.... I turned it off right there and waited a few seconds and it was again working... we don't trust taking this car anywhere and had planned an extended trip to Washington to stay with our granddaughter but we just don't dare do it... this is such a huge safety issue and we want it fixed!!!!! also, the service air bag light has been on for almost the entire time we have owned the car.. I have all the receipts of taking it in to be checked and the charges we have incurred... it has been on the last time for over a month as we had just had it in again.. the light went off for about 20 miles after we left the dealership and then came on and has been on ever since... this whole thing has been ridiculous!!!!!! who can help us"???"

- Yreka, CA, USA

problem #95

Sep 092014

HHR 4-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
I was making a left hand turn when my power steering suddenly stopped working. The power steering light was on the dash board and vehicle was very difficult to drive. On 09\10\2014 I called serra Chevrolet in madison tn and told a service rep named [xxx] what had happened and what I needed to do to get this fixed. She told me that I needed to call back in a couple of weeks when a new recall was issued. I asked if this could happen again and she replied "its possible." So I asked her what I could do to fix this and she said "well you can bring it to us and pay to have it fixed and when a new recall was issued I could get my money back from them." If they have this part in stock should they not fix it now and not let this power loss happen again? I have to work and I'm very nervous this will happen again without warning. I also never received a recall notice a year ago or I would have had this done then. Thanks information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Joelton , TN, USA

problem #94

Aug 122014

HHR

  • 31,300 miles
Loss of power steering was indicated on the dashboard display as well as by a series of dings. Power steering was restored the next time I started the engine. It failed again the next day. It now fails within moments of starting the car every time. I contacted the dealership, but they had no information on when parts would be available for the recall.

- Rock Island, IL, USA

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