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By Darkboi13
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2008 Chevrolet HHR Wagon LT 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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I've had my HHR for over a year and still love it like the day I bought it. It's reliable, great gas mileage, and it's fun to drive. I like the cargo net option and the fold down seats. I've packed a lot of my belongings with the back seats down. The optional ipod jack is great as well for long drives.


Favorite Features

Fold down seats, tinted windows, fun to drive


Suggested Improvements

The cupholders are under the armrests when in use? Annoying


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HHR LT
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By papple
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2008 Chevrolet HHR Wagon LT 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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I've had the HHR for 2 months now and like it so far. I was in the market for a car with good MPGs and had the versatility of an SUV. While it is not near the size of the Tahoe, it has similar functionality with the back seats and front passenger seat folded down. Ideal for trips to Home Depot and such. Averaging 26 to 28 MPGs with the auto trans, but will say I'm not a lead foot. I drive 28 miles to work with a fairly even mix of city and hwy driving. The driver's seat is surprisingly comfortable with the power lumbar. I haven't had a 4 cyl in 15 years, but it hasn't been a painful adjustment. Overall, I am very satisfied with the HHR. It meets my needs for good MPGs and versatility.


Favorite Features

Again, MPGs and versatility. I don't have to hesitate and wonder how I will get something from Home Depot back to the house (for example, an 8 foot long - 2 x 4 will fit with ease). Scrolling through the dash display that tracks tripometer, MPGs, tire pressure, etc. Retro styling.


Suggested Improvements

Lack of front storage space. There is a dash storage compartment but is not very deep. Odd placement for with power window switches. But prior to purchase I was aware of these 2 issues, so I can't complain. I wish I had the upgraded to a vehicle with radio controls on the steering wheel.


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By MAP Science
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2008 Chevrolet HHR Wagon LT 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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It has been a great car with a few minor problems. At 14,000 miles it would make a pop sound when speeding up and slowing down. Sounded like slack between two parts in the power train somewhere. Dealer could find no problem? Now with 20,000 on it the pop is louder. The front passenger hub assembly is being replaced. The steering has begun to clunk when turning the wheel and the intermediate steering shaft has been replaced. Sunroof glass is on order to be replaced. When opening the sunroof it drags the underside of the roof and makes cut marks in the glass.


Favorite Features

OnStar, XM, 2.4, 5 speed manual. Heated leather seats, ipod plug, sunroof, fuel mileage, roof rails, fun to drive!


Suggested Improvements

Window button locations. I have to lean forward to see the traffic lights. The cup holders in between the seat are useless. Canít put a large cup down there and shift nor can they hold anything like keys, change, or a cell phone with the sides cut out. When you turn a corner under the seat they go.


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Great for young families. Love it.
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By Jonathan
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2008 Chevrolet HHR Wagon LS 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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My HHR is an LS with manual transmission. It's comfortable, fun to drive, smooth ride, and with the manual transmission the acceleration is much better than the automatic. I test drove the automatic and thought it was sluggish. My manual is not sluggish. I'm surprised and impressed with the car. It's roomier than I thought it would be. I have a young family and a tight budget, the HHR is big enough for rear facing car seats and front passengers. It's a hard quality to find in affordable cars.


Favorite Features

The seats. They are the standard base model seats, but they are suprisingly comfortable. Also, I'm new to driving a manual and it is cake.


Suggested Improvements

Visibility is slightly limited. I think larger windows would help, but that is a style redesign therefore a little unreasonable.


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I love my car
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By Patsy
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2008 Chevrolet HHR Wagon Panel LT 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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I love this car. It rides and drives great. It's fun, comfortable, smooth, and peppy. My mom has a Toyota Camry, and this little car rides just as good. Does good on gas, and is equipped the same as a luxury car. The back is great for hauling groceries, and the seats lay down for hauling larger items. I went from a full size SUV, and I have'nt missed a thing. The extended warranty GM offers is great. I hope to have this car for a long time. I am slowly adding new accessories to dress her up. This vehicle is like a little truck, SUV, and car all in one. Why would anyone want a regular vehicle when you can have one of these. Drive one, love it!


Favorite Features

The smooth ride, it's peppy, fuel economy, fun to drive, sporty, and luxury all in one. Great sound system, great features on my LT. Lumbar seats are comfy. Plenty of leg and head room. GM offers a good warranty. I wanted to buy American, and I am glad I did. You will love this car.


Suggested Improvements

The only thing I wish I would have gotten would be the 6 CD player, verses the 1 CD player. I have a lot of old tapes, no tape player. But The radio is great, so I find myself not using the CD player as much. I have the panel LT, had to get used to using my mirrors.


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Small car with a big punch
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By Not your average man
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2008 Chevrolet HHR Wagon LS 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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I purchased my 08 HHR over 2 months ago to take the gas pump burden off my wallet (HHR $55 evey 10 days vs $90 every 4-5 days with my Silverado). I now find myself driving this car all the time and my 07 Silverado may get driving only once or twice on the weekends. I drive 35+ miles to & from work during the week and when I can lock the cruise at 60 the car will get 35-37 MPG. I am a 6'5" tall lbig guy and I have no problems with leg & head room (no sunroof - have the issue seeing the stoplights when first in line. I get a lot of people askng about the car & the fuel MPG's, the GM Performamce Air Intake makes a huge difference. My neighbor loves my HHR and wants to trade in her PT Cruiser.


Favorite Features

Great gas mileage, comfortable seating for a base model, huge interior room for passengers & cargo. I tried several other makes & models, even the Colbalt and this has a lot more room for tall people. The HHR retro exterior looks better, carries more & is way more comfortable than the PT Cruiser.


Suggested Improvements

Center console would work better than the arm rests for a tall guy, they are way too low and block the cup holder. Lighted window switches, the LED on the ceiling does work that well when you have the manual transmission, the stick is always in the way. More accessories like a OEM woody panel kit.


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Ex-Suburban owner goes 4 cyl
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By Je
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2008 Chevrolet HHR Wagon LS 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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I have been driving Suburbans for 30 years and finally caved in to the current gas prices. I couldn't face going into a small car, and decided to test drive the HHR and found that I really liked it. The ride is comfortable, I sit a little higher than a car, and the 4cyl engine seems to have enough pickup as I drive on the expressway all the time. After 2 months of driving this vehicle I find it fun to drive and the gas mileage is great! The only undesirable is the loss of power when turning on the air conditioning.


Favorite Features

Easy to drive, great gas mileage, not too much money.


Suggested Improvements

A little more horsepower to counteract the air conditioning drain on the engine.


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Had mine 2 weeks
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By Keith
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2008 Chevrolet HHR Wagon Panel LS 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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I agree with most of the other reviews. It is fun to drive. Great on gas. And many features for the money.The remote start will be nice in the winter. I'm not an autoworker but I would like to see GM make the HHR at the Morine plant that's going to close next year. I think that would be a good move for GM and the people in Morine.


Favorite Features

The retro back end and tinted windows. Dask with tack and control center.


Suggested Improvements

Gas cap should be on the other side also higher front window, cup holders and glove box space. Front end looks to much like the PT.


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All About My Little Wagon!
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By edmondsmd
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2008 Chevrolet HHR Wagon LS 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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It rides very smooth. I'm 6'6 and its the most spacious compact car I've ever owned. I own a computer repair business and I'm absolutely nuts about the shelf in the rear cargo area not to mention the 61 cubic feet of cargo room. I had one problem with a passengers side kick board that came loose sometime right around when I bought it. The dealership took care of it promptly.


Favorite Features

Auxilary input jack, shelf in the back, spacious interior, the car's elevated disposition


Suggested Improvements

Improve rear blind spots, particularily on driver's side. Also, the front windshield needs to be larger. Passengers should have handles on the ceiling for when I make some crazy turns!


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HHR water leaks
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By BRANDOGGY
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2008 Chevrolet HHR Wagon Panel LS 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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My '08 panel HHR developed a water leak somewhere in the body of the vehicle. The dealer had it for a week and say they fixed the problem. That is yet to be determined. Problem was found when I took it for an oil change and discovered 3 lights out. I took it to the dealer and there was 2 inches of water in the rear floorboard from where the rain got in. The water shorted out the electrical system. My advise is to keep a close eye on your HHR particularly in the back seat area. If you detect an oder of mildew or notice any lights out, take it to the dealer at once. Other than this problem I love the vehicle


Favorite Features

Outside appearance. Good power and good MPG


Suggested Improvements

Too many blind spots. Interior design is poor.


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