1st Generation (2006—2011) HHR Problems

HHR owners with a 2006—2011 model year have the most problems with the interior (21%), steering (13%), and the engine (9%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Power Steering Shuts Down 24 complaints at an average of 87,441 miles in the 2008 Chevrolet HHR.
  2. Transmission Problems 4 complaints at an average of 47,077 miles in the 2008 Chevrolet HHR.
  3. Clunking Noise When Going Over Bumps 23 complaints at an average of 39,573 miles in the 2007 Chevrolet HHR.

What HHR Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Chevrolet model years.

Watch out for the 2008 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2011 33 3 651 8.21
2010 38 4 673 10.04
2009 54 5 660 12.48
2008 123 5 616 33.7
2007 132 5 549 22.8
2006 186 6 509 24.67

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