Second car ever, lots of ups and downs. Lots of little things, my electrical problems alone have been a total nightmare, the $2K price tag for the AC repairs, the extra-expensive profile tires, the fact that you can't replace ANYthing easily... but I'm trying not to complain here, and here's why. Overall, I bought it used with 36k miles, 5 years later I just passed 265,000! Eaten probably $5,000 in various repairs, and I never did get around to fixing that AC. But it fits my family of 4, strollers and luggage, and I still marvel driving around on FL roads and watching it get 38 MPG. Oh, and the stock stereo has killer bass! Quarter million miles on the original trans & still going!
I just bought my HHR in March of 2012, and I love it! I get great gas mileage! A full tank will last me a month! I'm 17, and will be going off to college, soon- and this will be GREAT. It had 90,000 miles on it when I bought it- and expect it to last long! They are great cars, and very reliable!
I love this car! I would buy another in a trice if Chevy still made it, but they don't! Easy to drive, huge storage capabilities for a so-called "small" car, sharp-looker and a great color (orange) makes it easy to spot in a parking lot. GM classifies the HHR as a truck - I call it a swingin' ride! This car was driven by tall and taller people and still had plenty of leg-room for all of us with long legs. We put on 60,000 + miles the first year traveling all over MN almost every weekend as President of the MN Jaycees but only about 10,000 a year after that. Easy to park and able to maneuver into small spots - also an excellent tow behind a camper. A unique car and fun to drive. I'll miss it!
I purchased a used 2006 Chevrolet HHR in 2013. I have not experienced trouble at all until a couple of days ago. I was on the highway coming home from work and my odometers started jumping, then the warning light that display read "power steering". My steering was ok. My car was "jerking" real bad as I was slowing down and changing gears, each time I would press the gas the car would jerk. Got it home then had my neighbor drive it she is a certified mechanic. No problems during that trip. The next morning I drove it to do some errands no problems until I was almost home same issue just the odometer was not jumping and no "power steering" displayed. no one can figure out this issue, anyone ??
At first, when I saw this car, I wasn't happy with the design but when I test drove it at the dealership, I was sold. The turning radius is wonderful, It parks easilly, is fun to drive, and is roomy for even short or tall people.
Under full throttle accleration the HHR suffers from average torque steer. It doesn't feel terribly slow, but it certainly isn't a rocketship. The shifter only offers D, I and L modes, which stand for Drive, Intermediate, and Low. It will not hold a gear and shifts whenever it wants to. In drive shifts are crisp and occur precisely at the 6,500-rpm redline. Putting the shifter in Low turns off traction control (there is no T/C button) until the vehicle shifts into second gear, when traction control turns back on.
We noted a lot of ABS noise and vibration, even for a low-cost car such as the HHR. The pedal doesn't allow for much modulation, and it feels too squishy. Stopping distances were mediocre but predictable, with little fade after the initial stop. Under hard braking the vehicle has a tendency to swerve and feel a bit top heavy, which did not leave us feeling very confident.
Suspension is very, very soft; you can tell the "Heritage High Roof" has a higher center of gravity than its Cobalt sibling. The electric power steering is still way too numb, but it is improved over the Malibu. Body roll was prevalent and the suspension tends to rebound, which can throw the vehicle over center as it builds momentum in the slalom, causing the HHR to feel unstable and ready to spin at the limit.