I bought this car in April 2012. My battery died and so I called GM. GM boosted the car with their roadside assistance resulting in a stiff steering wheel that couldn't be turned. My keys got stuck in the ignition as well. Both problems where resolved but my auto starter (oem) was blown in the process that was not fixed by local Chevrolet Bob Myers. So I had let the issue go with them since I thought they had done enough for me. 2 weeks later (mind you I barely drove the car in this period) the keys are stuck again in the car. Car is at 88,000 km.
Exterior appeal, big chevrolet signature steering wheel, quick pick up speed, large trunk area, comfortable drive interior feel.
I bought my HHR 2.4 LT at 8100 miles.
I am a spirited driver.
The suspension is antiquated.
Look under the rear and discover the solid axle.
(I have had 3 bmws).
That said, the car starts well and is dependable, and is a good solid car for hauling my wife and 4 dogs. (the back seat folds down.)
There is not enough storage in the front and the front corner of the dash tends to bother my knee on long trips.
The drivers seat isn't bad, but could be improved. The dimmer switch seems to make the headlights disappear for a microsecond which is irritating. The torque steer when you really stomp on it is pronounced.
This car is pretty good on long trips and doesn't handle badly.
I enjoy it
The styling I like.
I do like the room in the car with the back seat folded down.
The fog-lights and headlights seem to put a good pattern on the side of the road.
The 2.4 seems to have adequate power.
I like that I can shut off the daytime running lights with the switch.
The heater and air-conditioner are great.
(I was in oklahoma this august with 120 degree weather and it kept up. ) The steering is good, and the car works steering through heavy traffic at high speeds.
I like the flex fuel feature.
Car is relatively easy to change oil.
The car always starts no matter how cold (wisconsin).
I have 37000 now.
More storage in front, different design on the dash (hard on the right knee).
I like the dash on my former 379 Peterbilt, flat, all the gauges, simple but elegant.
It would be beautiful with turned aluminum.
Gorgeous on this car and cheap to build.
I get some brake noise, and I am not in love with the brakes,
(just barely adequate).
I mentioned torque steer before (the tendency of the car to wander under acceleration).
This is pronounced with this car, really surprising wandering that you must stay on top of when even passing maneuvers call for massive acceleration. Stock lug bolts are cheap (kinda scary), I had to replace 3 already (stripped out).
Better fuel economy would be nice.
Bought my 2009 HHr in 4/10 and it has had more problems that all my cars I owned in 40 plus years. The pass. side power windows quit after about 4 weeks of ownership and the drivers side front and rear floors were wet. This water caused the wires to corrode and the ecm to go out which caused the windows to get no power. The dealer fixed this under good will. Then after that the dealer fixed another short and then after a time the key would not come out of the ignition. The dealer replaced the shifter and the ignition switch and that has corrected the problem. Since then I
had to replace the battery and
front brakes. All good now.
Get rid of so much plastic and pay alittle more attention to quality.
My wife and I purchased this car new back in '09.
It's good on gas and not too bad for road trips.
A taller person like myself might find themselves hunched over to see out the windshield though.
The ignition went bad within the first year.
One day we just couldn't turn the car off, the ignition had locked up and you couldnt turn the key to shut it off.
Had to pull the fuel pump fuse to kill the car.
We've had to have the brake rotors and pads replaced a couple times.
Most recently we had to replace a leaking front strut.
All this before the car reached 27k miles.
Havnt had to pay for repairs, but the warranty ends soon.
I would not purchase another one.
I really, really like this car! Fun to drive, got it with 14500 K miles and still in warranty with all the bells and whistles. Won't say I love it cause it is just a material object but really, really like it. So far no problems with anything. MPG would be great if I didn't have a lead foot, but that is what the cruise if for! I would recommend it to others.
Fun to drive, good looking little vehicle with lots of room.
Longer arm rests and center console with built in cup holders that are easy to reach.