Originally Posted by Clifftall
Where have I been? Someone just told me that Chev. removed the HHR from the 2012 lineup. Great toad. Wonder why?
Well - maybe I can tell you just a bit of the "why" and after you have experienced this you will no longer wonder.
Son bought a new one in 2008. All was well and good for the first 30 to 40 thousand miles and then it was like "self destruct time."
Within the next 50,000 miles he had to replace his front brake rotors two (2) times and brakes each time they did the work.
The CV joint in front developed a problem and had to be replaced.
The front suspension decided to fail and he was without the car for about two weeks as they fixed that issue.
It developed a coolant leak internally and that laid up the car for a while as they repaired that.
The engine developed a miss on number 3 cylinder and that turned out to be a coil, so a new one was installed.
During this time he had to have three (3) sensors replaced as they begin to give the error codes.
The final straw was after he had gone through all these issues he was left stranded because of one more failure in the middle of nowhere ------ that next week after the repairs were completed he stopped by another dealership and traded for an "Edge" on the spot.
He drives approximately 6,000 miles a month and they are always "highway" miles. The vehicle was not abused in any way, just driven a lot and most vehicles absolutely "love" to be driven - often lasting well over 200,000 miles being used in this manner...... Not the HHR.
The Edge was a used one, had 60,000 plus on it and now after a few months he has just turned 122,000 last week. Problems ------ none.
When son bought the HHR I had just bought a new 2008 Malibu. I don't drive as much as he does, but at 80,000 miles the transmission begin to give me fits ----- after dealer begin to "throw" parts at the transmission (solenoid, and EXM) and still didn't fix it ---- I threw in the towel. I traded for a Honda.
Good luck to you guys that have the HHR and are totally satisfied, possibly son obtained a lemon ---- however after 50 + years of GM ownership I have abandoned them - forever.