2009 Chevrolet HHR 2.2L 4-cyl. FFV 4-speed Automatic Consumer Review - Covert Onstar Snoop
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2009 Chevrolet HHR Wagon - Consumer Review

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2009 Chevrolet HHR LT 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 4A)

Review

Chevy has done a very good job in the design of this vehicle, but once again the powers that be has has sullied this otherwise fine car. I am mainly referring to Onstar. They claim that the microphone bug in car will not be turned unless the air bag is deployed, and being able to track the car's location within 90 feet (only if a stolen police report is filed, they claim) leaves much to be desired. Is it possible that someone could payoff an Onstar Employee to track or turn on the onboard mike without drivers knowledge. I believe so. Per Chevy dealer I have disconnected the mike and 4 of the 5 plug ins to Onstar box. One needed to start car, but can the vehicle still be tracked?

Favorite Features

Clean design of dash layout, not like many others with cheap looking silver and shiny plastic. Smooth ride. Decent acceleration. XM Radio. Holds road well on freeway.

Suggested Improvements

Dome lights come on when engine is shut off, and no way to override it. These lights blind occupants to darker outside to see what is there before leaving vehicle. Large interior rearview mirror with Onstar controls blocks forward view. Turn signal clicking is loudly amplified through speaker.
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