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Used 2011 Chevrolet HHR Consumer Reviews

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2LT LOADED W/auto trans. blue tooth,

F. L. Allen Jr., 06/24/2016
updated 01/07/2022
LT 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
102 of 105 people found this review helpful

After working at GM for 30 years and seeing a lot of different designs this one has been an eye catcher from the start. There are several areas that cold have made this little ride even better. Such as a six speed auto transmission for mileage with the double overdrive and a independent rear suspension. Other than that a very practical vehicle. Getting in and out is very easy for someone short or a 6 footer plus. Two problems, brake rotors too small but there is a fix. When buying new rotor buy the ones for an SS model they are 11.680 inches in diameter as opposed to 10.850 original rotor. The only other thing you must do is change both brake caliper brackets and still use your old calipers, then bleed the brakes. If you still feel a shack in the front-end if you have over 100,000 miles on your HHR it probably needs new lower control arms. Don't buy anything but Moog, others are poor quality. Number two problem is plastic inside door handles. When buying new ones consider chromed metal handles available on Ebay for around $22.00. These thing I have learned are from a retired GM tool maker/machinist, ME.

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5 out of 5 stars

GOOD ROOMY CAR!

KEVIN, 01/06/2019
LS 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
30 of 30 people found this review helpful

Listen folks! My dad was a mechanic and he used to say one car is as good as the next, it is the driver who needs a tune up! This is a good roomy car, I fit my 8.5 foot kayak in the back, it extends ot 1.5 foot I use a bungee cord to hold the hatch down, I fit a 7' recumbent bicycle in it no problem. You could sleep in it if you had to. My hhr is 8 yrs old, the only thing I have had to change is front rotors and breaks, this is normal, the rear brakes look like new! 62k remember this car has a timing chain, not a belt it will last the life of the car if you dont beat on it. A timing belt will cost you $700.00 today. This car has power and it handles beautiful in the heavy rain and snow. New cars today are loaded with a bunch of junk you do not need and this junk you have to pay for. Also I chang my own oil, this is by far the easiest oil change I have ever done, most people don't even know how much oil their car holds or how much tire pressure should be in their tires and this is why they have problems! Take care of your car and it will take care of you!

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4 out of 5 stars

It's Very Basically Alright

Steve, 02/29/2016
LT 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
38 of 39 people found this review helpful

This car purchase occurred when my beloved Volvo wagon got totaled. I bought a Chrysler Pacifica because it was AWD. My wife drove a 2003 Cavalier that she, apparently, loved. I hated that thing -- it was low to the ground, had awful safety ratings, terrible reliability. She was carting around the kids and her mother on shopping trips almost daily in a cramped compact. I gave her the Pacifica because of the AWD (Northeast winters), the extreme level of comfort you can achieve with proper (frequent) maintenance, better safety rating and I took the Cavalier. I couldn't stand it and drove it to a dealership 2 months later. I bought a 2011 HHR in 2015. Yes, I realize that the HHR is a glorified Cobalt which is a "newer" Cavalier. There is nothing cool about this car if you're under 70. There is no resale value to this car. I cared that I was buying a 2011 Something with 55K in 2015 for under $10K that still carried a tiny slice of a GM warranty. -- The ride quality is "acceptable"... a little rough, but not annoying. Halfway decent pick-up. -- The ability to haul moderate sized items is "very good". You can put in a standard walk-behind lawnmower relatively easily with room for a child's car seat. -- The MPG is "alright"... 23 MPG, but it seems like I fill up rarely. -- The interior is "alright"... it's true, it's a pile of plastic inside, but it cleans easily. -- The instrumentation is "alright/very good"... the dash has a lot of info (shows MPG, 2 trip odometers, tire pressure, radiator temp, outdoor temp), but my button to change between categories can become unresponsive at times, telling me this isn't a strongly assembled system. Plus, I know that the outdoor temp is usually wrong. I take it with a grain of salt. Plus, this is an 1LT edition... but it lacks nearly ALL of the 1LT upgrades. I think I got one power seat out of the deal. -- The stock speakers are "acceptable"... slightly better than the old Cavalier. It has an AUX jack which is helpful alongside a CD player. -- It has, as of now, never needed repair.

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4.38 out of 5 stars

HHR: Great Little Utility Vehicle

neh1, 05/03/2012
LT 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
58 of 61 people found this review helpful

Own a 2009 2LT version. It does everything I wanted it to. I'd only change a few things: 1. install four wheel disc brakes instead of the "disc/drum" brake combination. 2. install the full roof rack instead of just half of it and expecting the buyer to purchase the other half as an aftermarket option. 3. upgrade the radio/cd player so its more robust. CD's keep sticking inside the player necessitating playing games to get them unstuck. 4. change the engine intake air filter housing design. The housing removal is a major pain when you want to change out filters.

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2.4L Automatic Review

elviejo2010, 12/14/2010
LT 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
53 of 56 people found this review helpful

Don't let the funky retro styling fool you, this is a very practical vehicle. We are empty-nesters who seldom have more than two people in the vehicle but haul a lot of stuff around with our hobbies and this is just the ticket. We have a 2.4L Auto with the 1Lt package and it has plenty of features. The high seats are good for us older types, the short doors make entry/exit easy in tight spots and the rear view camera is definitely recommended. Drives well, plenty of power at highway speeds, and quiet.

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