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Chevy HHR Interior Problems

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  • I have a 2006 LT HHR with 61,000 miles.I bought it used with 30,000 miles.The dealer,Register Chevrolet repaired a few things under warranty with fast and friendly service.Last week the driver's side inside door handle broke.No problem I thought,I will stop by my friendly dealer,buy the handle and replace it. Wrong.The handle is not available without buying the complete door panel for $366.00 plus tax.I removed the handle and repaired it with thin metal strips ,screws and epoxy It is much stronger than before and the repair is not seen because it is behind the door panel.The handle is poorly designed.This is just one example why GM is in deep trouble.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Most people will likely take the simple repair kit that comes in the mail instead of going to the dealer.
  • Following is a modified post from another HHR owner. I just copied it and made some changes. Hope you don't mind.

    I've bought nothing but Chevys my whole driving life, around 10 different cars....but now I've learned my lesson. I never bought foreign cars mainly so I didn't have to worry about poor quality, now my fellow Americans have betrayed us. GM is going bankrupt because their quality just sucks, since they no long have AMERICAN MADE, AMERICAN QUALITY involved in manufacturing.
    I paid too much for this car, and it's falling apart. I feel robbed.
    The head lights turn off when I make a right hand turn. DIDO****
    The door handle does not open the drivers side door. NOT YET***
    The drivers door window does not roll down in cold weather. DIDO****
    The breaks ease up (at stop lights), and the car lunges forward.). DIDO****
    IN ADDITION: Funny (not really), but as soon as my 36,000 wrty was up that's when I started having problems:
    My heater blower stopped, IN THE DEAD OF WINTER, had the fan replaced TWICE, still not working, now my mechanics says motor needs replaced, said there was rust near the motor, car is leaking somewhere.
    Car left me stranded 60 miles from home, wouldn't start, wouldn't jump. Had it towed home, had to put a new starter in it.
    Now, I can't get the key to the lock position and the remote start does not work. And my engine light has come on.
    AND BIGGEST THING: I am driving down the road, 35 MPH in heavy traffic, 4 lanes and the car, SHUTS OFF!!! - MESSAGE- ENGINE POWER REDUCER - the power to the car did not reduce - it terminated. Real safe, huh?!
    Since the warranty is up, I am now driving a piece of junk, while I am saving money to have everything worked on, one at a time.
    And you know the Chevy Dealer does not give you crap as a trade. I tried that too.

    Thanks GM, every month when I make an almost $300 payment, I get upset all over again. I cannot afford to buy new cars as often as you think, and forcing me to buy a new car because this one is falling apart is about the rudest thing you've done to this old country girl......
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Sounds like you have no idea why the American automakers are having problems that could lead to bankruptsy.

    It's unfortunate that you have been having problems but GM's issues are not related to quality. In fact there quality is as good as anyone and Toyota actually is the one with quality issues if you have read the news for the last 2-years.

    They are more American made than any Japanese company that you are now drawn to. What do you think Toyota's domestic content is? It's only about 49%, GM even with their 5% Aveo is still at around 70%. Supporting foreign companies definately contributed to the demise of the American auto makers along with the insurance and other high dollar benefits and unions that the Japanese automakers who assemble here don't have to worry about because the chose states with no unions and higher a high percentage of part-time workers.

    Take a look over at the Japanese forums and you will see the misery there. There is really no difference. People come here to vent and talk about their problems. It's as simple as that.
  • Yes, all cars have issues at times but in many cases it is the abuse we have subjected them to in the beginning that have resulted in the final end problems. I love my Chevy, will continue to buy American made. Properly administered maintenance and repairs make a car reliable. When corners are cut to same money on repairs then some of the resulting problems can occur. I am not saying some of the electrical concerns are all maintenance problems but how they are addressed for repair may be.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    The A/C component mounted in front of the radiator is the condenser, not evaporator. The evaporator is buried inside the dash.
  • SheBear,

    I am new Chevy HHR owner as of December.

    My cars brakes i have noticed recently do this as well:

    The breaks ease up (at stop lights), and the car lunges forward

    Any help in what you did to fix it?

    See my other post too:
    http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/WebX/.f1d1639/0
  • bzerobbzerob Posts: 1
    My 2006 had that issue within a month of new purchase. Filled my driver footwell with an inch of water in a good rain. It was a sealing issue with the windshild. My local Chevy dealer took care of it and no water leakage problem since.
  • msjhyde56msjhyde56 Posts: 1
    Thanks for the information. My HHR started ticking today and I was worried what is going on . Whew!
    Thanks again, ;)
  • I had the same thing happen to me. When I went to the dealership, I found that the interior door panel cost $383.00. I tired to purchase an American car and this happens. Why would this vechile be designed this way? I think there shoudl be a recall on that door panel.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    That's unfortunate but is not uncommon on the Japanese cars as well. Have you been over to those forums lately?
  • martha63martha63 Posts: 1
    I have had the same problem. The drivers side door handle broke off when I was trying to get a parking ticket at the hospital. I called the dealer and he said just for labor to take the door panel off was $134. this didn't include the part which he didn't give me a
    price for. It is when I took it to have the oil changed and was told they had been having problems with the door handles breaking off and instead of recalling them they just made them better and out of metal instead of plastic. This would cost me $350.00 for the door panel. Well since I am retired I cannot afford that price . What if I was in an accident and had to get out of the car in a hurry, and couldn't get my window down in order to open my door.Is it going to take someone getting killed in order for them to fix this problem.?? Or has this already happened and we just don't know about it. I have contacted Gm and am now awaiting a reply to this problem.
  • Hi all !

    Is anyone with this same yr. HHR had a problem with the Windshield Cracking for no reason. Mine cracked yesterday after parking in my driveway. The glass coverage is expire for the 12 months/12,000 mile limit. The extended warranty does not cover glass (of course).

    I'm being charge $260.00 plus tax for a new windshield. The only good thing about this is that they will come out to my job site to install it.

    If enough of us have this problem then there might be some recourse for reimbursement ........ :) !!!!
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    If you had a stone chip or a stress crack, a rapid temperature change will cause a full crack... such as air conditioning or cold water (rain, hose) vs hot glass in summer heat. (That works in reverse too... if you had the interior very cold then parked in hot direct sun, that will cause a crack as well.) That unfortunately is good ol' physics, and is not covered by warranty or legal avenues.

    kcram - Pickups/Wagons Host
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,289
    If your not sure one way or another you may want to check if you have glass coverage with your insurance.
  • gruffygruffy Posts: 5
    Here it is, September, 2009, and my driver's door handle just broke off in my hand. My car has 50,000 miles on it. I was told the panel was $299 and nothing was mentioned about the labor cost. My son is going to try to fabricate a part to repair the handle, we shall see. When it is done, this being unconscionable and deadly to safety, I'm ditching the car and buying a used Subaru. I've have an old Subaru (18 years old) with 350,000 miles on it...door handles don't break on that car. Chevy can take their plastic car and shove it.
  • A real American sheep that pisses on their own shoes. Send your money to Japan and keep paying tax dollars to invest in GM. Like owning a McDonalds franchise and buying your lunch at Burger King.

    Then when you have other problems with the car you gave your money to the Japanese for, you can be much more forgiving because it's not American.

    Today's Americans should be ashamed of themselves.
  • wit2wit2 Posts: 11
    LIVE IN WILM DE PURCHASEED USED 2009 HHR NEVER TITLED WITH 1K MI FROM MULTI CHEVY IN UNIONVILLE NJ. 4 MONTHS LATER WATER ON DRIVERS SIDE FLOOR. LOCAL CHEVY DEALER (DIVER) FINDS 2 1/16 HOLES DRILLED THROUGH FLOOR, INTIALLY TELLING ME FLOOR WET FROM HOLES HAS TO CHECK WITH HIS ADIVSOR, NOT AVAILABLE TILL NEXT DAY. TOOK CAR HOME DRYED OUT MATS ETC. NEXT DAY RAINED, DID NOT USE CAR, FLOOR WET AGAIN. NOTICED DOW CORNING SEALER AROUND WIRING HARNESS FROM DOOR TO DASH AND OTHER SEALER INDICATING DEALER KNEW ABOUT LEAK AND SAID SCREW IT DRILL A COUPLE OF HOLES TO DRAIN WATER AND LET SOME OTHER SUCKER WORRY ABOUT IT. TAKING CAR TO DEALER TOMMORROW. SERVICE WRITER ACTING LIKE HE NEVER HEARD OF HHR WATER LEAKS.
  • wit2wit2 Posts: 11
    SHOWED DEALER WHERE WATER WAS COMING IN . HAD CAR 3 DAYS SAID REPLACED DOOR SEAL AROUND CHASSIS. 2 TO 3 WEEKS LATER FLOOR DAMP AGAIN. MY INVESTIGATING FOUND WHEN POURING WATER DOWN DRIVERS SIDE DRAIN SUNROOF 75% WATER RUNS OUT WHERE IT SHOULD AND 25% RUNS INTO CAR ALONG BOTTOM DOOR CHASSIS FRAME FROM BEHIND SEAL. SEEMS TO BE A PROBLEM WHERE DRAIN LINE CONNECTS AT EXITING POINT ON DOOR FRAME INSIDE CHANNEL. TAKING TO DEALER AGAIN FOR THEM TO FIX. WILL UPDATE THIS MESSAGE LATER
  • Instead of just screaming on this and other posts, we should find a way to initiate a class action suit. These problems are consistent from the 2006 models to the present. The water on the floor, broken door handles, leaking windshield and ABS vibration are problems known from the beginning and uncorrected in subsequent models. On every site asking about the HHR, the problems are exactly the same. Even worse is the fact that not one solution has been offered by dealers or GM. The only recourse is to buy an expensive door panel to fix a cheesy one dollar door handle. As for the water leaks, you'd have to dip the entire vehicle in silicon. The ABS is probably a design flaw they just don't want to admit to much less address. There must be a lawyer among the HHR owners and readers of these posts. Time to earn some money here. Get busy and help us out.
  • I have been having the same problem, My driver door handle keeps breaking, The cheapest i could find the new handle is 350.00 this is crazy for a plastic piece of crap.I am trying to repair mine, I cant keep puttin out 350 bucks for a door panel, They should just sell the handle they come off easy just remove the pin, GM should make a repair kit with handle and pin. Why make it with the whole panel thats insane.
  • i own and 2006 HHR and its got 38000 mles on it. And the roters are acting up again for the 3rd time. So today i go to the store and was going to take my key out and it woudnt come out are go bk,so when i got home i called the chevy co. and told them what happen. He said let me see if i got the part. he comes bk and said that there having a problem with the key. but what it is the shifter button is stuck and want release. I said it should be a recall then. No mam its not and the cost since your warrant ran out is $275.00. I am peed off. I think they should trash hhrs. This prob should be a recall dont u think?
  • I repaired the door handle myself with a thin strip of flexible metal, two tiny screws in pre-drilled holes. Then I reinforced it all with a glue gun (epoxy would work too). Total cost..about 20 cents. Time to repair, less than an hour.
    Note: Use care removing the switches in the door panel. They do all pop out but some not so easily. Now I'll just wait for the others to break.
  • wit2wit2 Posts: 11
    DEALER SAYS DRAIN HOSE FOR DRIVERS SIDE SUNROOF NEEDS TO BE REPLACED HAS TO ORDER IT. HAD CAR FOR 3 DAYS TO DETERMINE THIS, MECHANIC DROPPED HEAD LINER DOWN AND POUR WATER DOWN DRAIN LINE AND NOTICED WATER RUNNING DOWN OUTSIDE OF DRAIN HOSE. PUT CAR BACK TOGETHER AND I HAD TO WAIT 7 DAYS FOR HOSE ASSEM. TO ARRIVE. BEFORE TAKING CAR BACK I TOOK A FLASHLIGHT AND LOOKED DOWN DRAIN LINE FROM SUNROOF. COULD SEE HOSE WAS NOT CONNECTED WHICH THEY FINALLY CONNECTED. SO CAR WAS IN THEIR POSSESSION ON AND OFF FOR TEN DAYS. DON`T BELIEVE DEALER WOULD EVER HAVE FOUND LEAK OR DID NOT APPEAR TO CARE. WHOLE MESS JUST NOTHING BUT AGGRAVATION. SPENT ALOT OF MY OWN TIME IN WATER USE, TO LOCATE LEAK, ELECTRIC FOR HAIR DRYER TO DRY UP FLOOR EVERY TIME A HEAVY RAIN OCCURRED. ALL THIS BECAUSE OF HOSE NOT CONNECTED PROPERLY TO DRAIN. MECHANIC WITH DIRTY HANDS LEFT GREASE MARKS ALL OVER HEAD LINER WHICH AFTER ME COMPLAINING DID DETAIL WHOLE CAR. LAST HEAVY RAIN NO LEAKS. HAVE FINGERS CROSSED. YES SOME CARS WILL HAVE SOME PROBLEMS BUT WHAT COUNTS IS DEALER STANDING BEHIND WARRANTY AND BENDING OVER BACKWARDS TO SATISFY CUSTOMERS!!!!!!!!!!!! AND COMPANY, GM HAS TO BACK THEIR DEALERS. THINGS START AT THE TOP AND TRICKLE DOWN THE CHAIN.
  • I agree about starting class action lawsuits, I returned to service department for my 2008 HHR 6 times, there of those for water leaks driver side car soaked from to back. First time 7 days after purchase July 1, 2008 electrical problem, dealership never realize car had been leaking. Recently return to service department something drained the batteries, they swore the light switch was left on, but I know it was left on auto, key stuck as well shocks me each time I get in and out. At time it appears to accelerate but they want address this issue. Service department has destroyed carpet on driver side, coming up from floor, wires exposed. This is only a few of my issues with this car.
    starfruit55
  • wit2wit2 Posts: 11
    read message #50 their are 4 drains
  • wit2wit2 Posts: 11
    read message #50 there are 4 drain hoses
  • Okay, In all my life, I've NEVER had a door handle fail, e.g., breakoff inside the door. And from what I've read, Chevy wants you to by a complete assembly, did they get this from from how Neon's are built, buy a whole unit with only a tiny part broke?

    First the remote start door remote system quits, replaced fob battery and worked for about a month, then nothing, once in awhile it sort of works. But having a door handle break like this is bad!

    How many owners have the same problem? If you need to get out of the car, wind window down reach out or use the passenger door! This is a safety issue!

    I looked online for some diagrams to see how to remove the panel inside to get to the mechanism, nothing readable! Anyone have something?
  • wit2wit2 Posts: 11
    go back and read some former comments someone else has simple solution to fix handle
  • I have an 06 HHR and I really love my car but when it rain and my car is parked in the driveway there is water on the passenger floorboard. I was told they couldn't find where it was coming from, now my car is at the dealer and they have taken the seats out to dry the floor and looking for the leak. Could someone tell me is the a manufacture problem, right now I'm looking at a bill of approximately $560.00 dollars.
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