2006 Chevrolet HHR LT from North America
I believe they had a nice concept but cheap workmanship caused me to wish I'd never purchased an HHR
2007: I have issues with the wheel locking in place, and at times I sit in a parking lot trying to get the wheel to release so I can drive.
2008: Glove box on top of the dash, made of all plastic, button broke plastic screw holders and they call it trim work. Must replace entire box, which in 2008 was $250.
2009: Inside door handles are made of plastic and break off in your hand when opening the doors from the inside. Although the broken piece is less than a 3 oz piece of circular plastic, the dealer says to fix it, you must purchase an entire new door. I was quoted $468 dollars to replace it (another entire door with a plastic handle, which will just break again). With four doors, the expense to replace door handles could become thousands of dollars, which is crazy and not covered under any of the warranties they sold me.
Tried to contact the GM corporation, who told me that although I found many complaints about the car handles in all kinds of web/magazine etc locations, it was not a recall item and therefore they could not assist me (they gave me the run around).
I use to tell people that I enjoyed my HHR. I liked the retro look and it got about 23 miles to the gallon. But lately I find that all this cheap plastic "trim" work could cost more than simply getting a new car. I will not purchase another one and with their cheap plastic trim. I will not buy another Chevy. Ending what was a family that bought Chevy cars/trucks for over 50 years.
My point is that use of cheap products in today's environment should not sell cars. I believe that a Chevy should take responsibility and fix issues like plastic door handles or etc.. if they want to keep customers returning.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 3rd September, 2009
3rd Sep 2009, 18:11
I rented an HHR while my Ford Windstar was in the shop for repairs (AGAIN) and I hated the thing. Not only was the interior a typical Chevy interior (hard plastics, loose trim pieces, multiple squeaks and rattles) but the interior noise was very LOUD. The engine was constantly roaring and the road noise was just out of this world. I had to raise my voice to a much higher level than I would expect in any car in order to speak to the passengers I was carrying! And no, I'm not a crazy driver, I'm a 67 year old woman who drives very carefully. After my Windstar was returned, it needed another repair that was going to cost me $1800 just a week later. I sold it on the spot and bought myself an '08 Civic. I love my Civic, very comfortable, much more reliable than any of my domestics, and I get about 46 MPG.