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Changes You'd Like To See in the Chevrolet HHR

PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,890
edited September 13 in Chevrolet
Have an idea on how to make future models of the HHR even better? This is the place to post your ideas!

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  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    give me a turbo...use the same engine in the Solstice GXP.......
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,890
    Seem like more power is a common request :P

    We like it to GO!

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  • I would really like to see a 5/6 speed automatic or CVT tranny to replace the outdated 4 speed.
  • ttwebttweb Posts: 17
    I have a 36" inseam. I can handle the legroom in the PT Cruiser but not in the HHR. I would love to own a Manual transmission HHR.
    Anyone know if the seat can be moved back some?
    Tom
  • PUT A DIESEL IN THAT PUPPY SO I CAN HUAL MY BIKE TO DAYTONA FROM PITTSBURGH AN GET EVEN BETTER MILEAGE,THEY HAVE DIESEL'S IN EUROPE BIG TIME,NOW IT'S TIME TO BRING THEM HERE
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 705
    I would like to see a 6 speed automatic transmission with a more powerfull engine. Before I purchased my 2007 Toyota Camry, I took the "top of the line" HHR out on a test drive. It did not have enough power to get into highway traffic safely. I was VERY disappointed with the performance of the vehicle. From an appearance point of view, this vehicle should have twin exhausts on it's rear, and maybe a little sound from the exhaust system. (Something to go along with it's image!) In addition, I would like to see more comfortable seats.
    Chevrolet has a "money maker" with this vehicle, if they change a few things. A diesel engine might be a good option!
    Best regards. ---- Dwayne :shades: ;) :)
  • donthegreekdonthegreek Posts: 126
    My car was in the body shop so i got an 07 HHR for a rental...Lots to like...but it needs the following:

    200-220 hpr or a diesel would be nice
    Interior is to cheap and plastic...
    AWD would be awesome...
  • smogdungsmogdung Posts: 349
    Go over to the 07 Camry forum if you want to hear some real horror stories!
  • gottalinkgottalink Posts: 1
    I bought the first HHR that came into the dealership I worked in. It has been a good, and stable vehicle. Mine is an LS with the automatic 2.2 Litre. Power is adequate, fuel economy is outstanding (32 + mpg on trips). It is no hot rod, but it has a hundred mile per hour stereo ( the Pioneer), and cruise. I'm not a greeny weeny, but I appreciate not spending too much on fuel. I think a six speed automatic might be the best improvement, if it can be made as dependable as the current 4 speed.The extra gears might make speeds up hill easier, less reving, quieter downshifts.
    Power seats might be a good option too. I like the idea of the panel delivery too.
  • smogdungsmogdung Posts: 349
    Hey gottalink, I've ave about 26 MPG over the 1.5 years I've had the 2.4L automatic....what would you say you've averaged with the 2.2L auto since you first bought it?
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    "I would like to see a 6 speed automatic transmission with a more powerfull engine. Before I purchased my 2007 Toyota Camry, I took the "top of the line" HHR out on a test drive. It did not have enough power to get into highway traffic safely. I was VERY disappointed with the performance of the vehicle. From an appearance point of view, this vehicle should have twin exhausts on it's rear, and maybe a little sound from the exhaust system. (Something to go along with it's image!) In addition, I would like to see more comfortable seats."

    Sorry, I have driven many different cars during my lifetime including several HHR's and this vehicle even with the standard 2.2 L engine has more than enough power. If fact my 1988 Pontiac Lemans(Daewoo) with its 74 hp was more than enough on the freeway. I usually out accelerated other drivers from the toll both into the main lane. Merging a vehicle into traffic for a good driver isn't about how fast your car well accelerate, its about being aware of the traffic and picking the right time and spot to get in. The HHR's quickness is no different than most any car with similar equipt engines. As far as plastic goes this vehicle has top quality plastic and really don't you think plastic comments are way over-rated. Who goes into their vehicle and runs their hands or face on plastic? Not meaning to be harsh but I don't think you are comparing apples to apples. Love the seats.

    It's been a rumor since the fall of 2006 that the HHR will get a more powerful engine for those speed freaks, and it was approved a couple months ago. Later this year the HHR will get a 260 HP 2.0 L Turbo Charged engine.
  • donthegreekdonthegreek Posts: 126
    QUOTE "As far as plastic goes this vehicle has top quality plastic and really don't you think plastic comments are way over-rated. Who goes into their vehicle and runs their hands or face on plastic? Not meaning to be harsh but I don't think you are comparing apples to apples."

    Sorry, But when i rented an HHR back a month ago, i was disapointed at the low rent quality of the plastic. The extra glove box/storage center on the top of the dash being a good example..the lid on this fit very poorly because of the cheap plastic and the whole top area of the dash was also cheap. I expect better of GM. It dosen't have to be Audi quality, but it sure needs to be much better.It was a major turnoff for me...to each his own as they say.

    As for the engines, when i have to have the gas petal floored to get up some of the hills in my area,and it barely can get to the posted speed limit...sorry it needs 200 hpr or more. The upcoming 260 hpr sounds nice.
    Also the current larger engine requires premium gas i'm told!!?!? Whats up with that?

    Again just MY opinion. Thats why GM is struggling...Underpowered engines and cheap plastic.
    I still would like to buy one, but i'm waiting to see what improvements they make.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    "As for the engines, when i have to have the gas petal floored to get up some of the hills in my area,and it barely can get to the posted speed limit...sorry it needs 200 hpr or more."

    It's an economy 4-cylinder compact car. People who need more or have large hills to worry about usually get cars with 6-cylinder engines. This vehicle like the PT Cruiser was only meant to have a 4 banger. Even though the original 1939 Heritage High Roof model for which it received its styling from had an 8-cylinder, that doesn't mean that this one should go the same route. That vehicle was much larger. There have been a few people who have customized these HHR's with 8-cylinder engines so that is not out-of-the-question.
  • donnmandonnman Posts: 2
    My suggestions are in regard to comfort. First I hate that the locks are of the stick variety and located right where I rest my arm with the window open.

    Another issue I hate is the location of the auto window buttons....Put them back on the door where they should be.

    I saw mention earlier of radiator problems. Well let me join the list of having to have this replaced. The dealership also told me that is wasnt covered under warranty as it "appeared" to be damage caused by a rock. GM definitly has a design flaw here as the radiator is completely exposed to this type of damage.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    The window controls are shared with the PT Cruiser and a couple other cars. I would prefer the door as well but some people say they have gotten used to it.

    I would think that there should be a screen guard out for that radiator by now. At the very least it should be offered as an option.
  • caliberchiccaliberchic Posts: 402
    I had a PT for a rental car and could not get use to the center counsel mounted window buttons!
  • johntaiyujohntaiyu Posts: 2
    telescoping steering wheel so that I don't have to trade leg room for arm stretch.....raise the middle armrests about 4 inches....and air deflecters in the rear to keep the dust off the back hatch....
  • I've only had my 2007 HHR for a month but I have one suggestion. I find when backing I have almost no visability behind the car. I would like to have sometype of backing assist device added to the car. The type that beep when you are near something or maybe the camera type devices they are advertising.

    Does the lack of visabily and blind spots bother anyone else?
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    With these types of vehicles and vans, its best to get used to using the side mirrors.
  • THE NEW SS OPTION WILL BE SUCH AN IMPROVMENT BUT GM BETTER NOT DROP THE BALL BY NOT OFFERING THE SS WITH THE PANEL BODY.I'M READY TO BUY NOW IF THEY MAKE THIS WINNER AVAILABLE.I HAVE AN SSR NOW AND THE SS PANEL WOULD LOOK GREAT PARKED NEXT TO IT.BRING IT TO THE PEOPLE AND IT WILL SELL BIG TIME.PLEASE DON'T GET WHIMPY GM ;JUST DO IT.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I bet they probably will not offer it in a panel version at least initially. I think they should offer a back seat as an option in the panel as well.
  • I would like to see 4 wheel disk brakes, better cup holder placement... and thats about it.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    The SS model coming out will have 4-wheel disk brakes.
  • I had a PT for a rental car and could not get use to the center counsel mounted window buttons!

    Never had a Dodge Shadow, eh? ;)
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I would prefer the door mounted switches as well, but the centered mounted ones wouldn't deter me from buying the car. Maybe I would leave the windows up more often?
  • For one thing, Chevy could restore the manual option with the 2.4 engine in the 1LT. The pricing schedule of Chev is designed to restrict choices so that the customer will pay more to get certain options which appear to be simply disabled in the lower prices models.
  • Its confirmed,, out in 2009.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I saw that also. I didn't get any info. on the interior. Is it the same with no back seat option?
  • From what i've read so far, no back seat.

    don
  • scortchscortch Posts: 41
    More power. Very poor engine power even with the 2.4L. I had to run 92 octane fuel to get somewhat decent performance. I had the 2LT with pretty much everything on it. Still sucked.

    Totally redesign the poorly designed interior. It's cheap for a reason.

    The outside looks great but, that is the only thing I like about the HHR. I was always getting compliments on the looks.

    The all plastic interior just reeks of cheap.

    The seats are small and I feel like I am in the movie theater sitting next to someone in the passenger seat. It's great if you want to cuddle up to your woman or something but, sucks otherwise.

    Console? What console? That piece of junk they put on the dash? please

    My knee was always hurting due to the center area design. It was cramped up against the center area and the curved part pressed into the knee area.

    Arm rest? Oh, the things that sit way too low to be of any use? It needs to be raised up.

    Cup holders. Oh man, what a bad design. If you have anything larger than a small drink, it hits the side of the seat and tilts and they are hard to get to. Move the emergency brake to the floor at least.

    Back seat room is too small.

    Lower the seats or something. It sucks having to lean forward into the steering wheel to see when the red light changes.

    Move the window controls back to the door where they belong. If nothing else, at least move them up further.

    Door locks are in a bad position. When I have the window down and my arm resting on the window, the lock pokes my arm. It being small, it hurts like heck too.

    Do something about the rear airflow. The back door area gets extremely dirty really fast.

    Massive blindspot in the rear. Backing up is a pain and when moving into the right lane can be a hassle mkaing sure you are far enough ahead.

    Worst mistake I ever made in buying a car. I loved the look and the drive was ok, if it wasn't so uncomfortable. Just way too many things wrong with the poor interior design. The person that designed the interior should be fired.

    I moved up to an Impala and MUCH happier. Even the Malibu was a much better car. My Pontiac Vibe was even better, even though it had the same center arm rest height issue and engine performance problems. That was it though.

    I have never been more dissapointed in a car than I was the HHR. The outside was really great, only to be so let down by the interior.
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