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2008 Chevrolet HHR SS - Consumer Reviews

2008 Chevrolet HHR SS

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SS 2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual - (24 reviews )

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Brake Issue!
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By long12u
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2008 Chevrolet HHR SS SS 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

I traded in an '06 HHR LT2 for this '08 SS and really am pleased with everything but the problem with the brakes! GM took a problematic brake system known as Optimized Hydraulic Braking or OHB for short! This system causes no boost to the brake system on initial start-up after sitting for a few hours! At the present GM has a couple of service bulletin's one of which calls for a software update that lowers engine RPM's to make it easier to stop (not pulling through brake application) before the vacuum is built back up, the other simply advises the tech "no part replacement or software updates". See NHTSA investigations and KickingTires 2008 Chevy HHR before purchasing. Also check Saturn Sky!


Best Features

The 2.0 Turbo is a 200% improvement over the 2.4, window switches and custom S/S seats and steering wheel, 4 wheel antilock disk brakes,when working, OnStar system, fog lights and upgraded sound system with CD changer built in dash unit all complement a powerful road-hugging experience! Blue- Flash paint


Worst Features

Fix the brake Issue before someone gets hurt or even worse! You fixed the Saturn Sky and Pontiac Soltice by returning to the vacuum pump system in April '08 dont you think it makes sense to do the same for HHR and retrofit the '08! These cars won't be able to hold much resale value


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What a car! Wow
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By Richard
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2008 Chevrolet HHR SS SS 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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This is a great car, style, looks, fun. I am a senior who has owned many cars including a 54 Vette, SS396, Mercedes, etc. The HHR SS is a fun car with great mileage and the best thing- It's a Chevy. I am amazed at how well it handles, moves on cue and turns heads. Welcome back GM. Keep making cars like this. I would recommend this car to anyone.


Best Features

I like them all. Love the OnStar.


Worst Features

The cup holders could use a redesign. I have rarely used them for cups. But if I did they are awkward.


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Still too new
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By Dave Henry
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2008 Chevrolet HHR SS SS 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Only have about 2000 miles so far, but that includes a couple of nice road trips. The first trip was all 2- lane roads of wildly varying altitudes, and lots of corners. The car is very confidence inspiring, with excellent grip, and crisp steering response. I was a bit surprised at this, due to the electric power steering, but hey, it's just my opinion. Maybe the only handling negative is the amount of corner lean when pressing, but considering the car's mission in life, not at all surprising. Averaged about 24.5 mpg in fairly brisk driving. The second trip was 90% freeway, using cruise control.I averaged 28.5 mpg over two tanks with average speeds of 75 mph.


Best Features

I like the styling of the exterior the best. Great utility in the interior.


Worst Features

Needs more headroom. I have to duck down to see traffic lights, and my head bumps the sunroof edge. I'm only 6'2". It's called "Heritage High Roof", right? One touch driver's side, open only? Should be both fronts, and both directions. Steering wheel controls are pretty small;especially the volume


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Fun Car!
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By Roger Sinden
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2008 Chevrolet HHR SS SS 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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We bought this for my wife's birthday. We looked at a Saturn Sky, but the HHR is more her style. This thing can run fast, corners like a sports car, rides well, has lots of nice amenities. Will do another review after 10,000 miles. We are getting an average 28.8 mpg with mixed driving. She loves it. So do I. Comfortable for four adults. Only downer so far is the cup holders are inconvenient. We have put about 580 miles on the car, it is so fun to drive it is hard to leave this car home.


Best Features

Handling, retro style guages, body style, power, fuel economy.


Worst Features

Better cup holders.


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SS all the way!
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By James
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2008 Chevrolet HHR SS SS 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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If you're looking for a powerful, economical, and roomy vehicle, the Chevrolet HHR SS is for you! This vehicle has it all! 260 hp, Onstar, airbags everywhere, tinted windows, 18" alloy wheels, lots of cargo room, and head-turning good looks. It's faster than most SUV's and CUV's out there, has more cargo room than most, and gets between 23 and 26 mpg combined. OnStar, XM satellite radio, and hands-free calling are all standard. For a few extra bucks, you can add the OnStar navigation package. The only two gripes I have about the vehicle are no grab handles and the engine is a little on the noisy side. Overall, a total winner!


Best Features

Head-turning good looks, powerful 4 cylinder turbcharged engine, OnStar, XM satellite radio, 18" alloy wheels, and cargo room


Worst Features

Put some grab handles in this thing! Turn down the engine noise a little bit!


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