Car has proven to be very reliable. I have total confidence in the ecotec motor and GM transmission. Car is well built and everything fits, no rattles. You cannot hear or feel the motor inside the car. Car is quiet at speed and at idle. Handling is pretty good. I love the cargo utility & the fold down seats, I use it quite often. Very little maintenance is required. I had a few small problems with brake drums and vibration when I first got vehicle. Dealer fixed it all promptly and professionally. This is the first ever GM product I purchased new! I have no regrets, satisfied with my choice and recommend the HHR highly if you are looking for a small, efficient, family utility vehicle
Remote start, leather seats, sunroof, radio with MP-3 playing ability and MP3 input jack, steering wheel controls, exterior and interior design, chrome wheels, highway mileage, interior space, driving position, turning radius, ecotec motor - with decent power, reliability, fold down seats.
Better city gas mileage, rear disc brakes not drums, move power window switches to door, improved interior lighting up front for map reading. The lights under the rear view mirror are weak and puny. Thicker paint, it chips easily. Build car in USA not Mexico, Yes I am willing to pay more for this
My HHR has been in the shop 13 times in past year. I would be driving down the road and it wold just shut off. Burning smell, all kinds of electrical problems. Before 7K miles it had to have new bearings. It was in the process of Lemon Law and 1 week shy of owning it a year caught on fire while I was driving and burnt to the ground. I was lucky my children weren't with me. Gas mileage started out good almost 30 on the hwy and then went to no better than 21. Bought it for gas mileage and safety..I guess they failed on both......
I have had my HHR for over a year now and the odometer is telling me that I am using 6.9 liters of fuel for 100 kilometers. That equates to 41 MPG city and highway combined. Wow. More than expected. I get people asking me all the time about the color. Golden Teal Metallic. GM only made this colour for the 2007 model year.
Fold down flat seats really work for me. This car would be an inexpensive work truck because it can hold 8 foot chunks of lumber no problem. And lots of tools. You can't do that in a standard 4x4 truck because the box isn't big enough. The lumber hangs out the back of the truck.
I have had my HHR over 1 year and have put about 30,000 miles on it. I have been averaging about 33 mpg that is city/highway combined. When I first saw it I really wasn't that excited about the looks of it. But I decided to take it for a test drive because of the sticker price. Once I did that was all it took. It was so much fun to drive I am a very large person and fit in that vehicle comfortably.
I love the dark tinted windows. I love the fact that I can choice to make a back cover to hide presents or whatever under it. The seats folding flat in back are wonderful! The MPG and info center are great!
Change the locks on the doors so that your arms can be on it without them jamming into them. And more cup holders in a different place.