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Chevrolet HHR

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  • twaintwain Posts: 185
    Even $50,000 Corvette comes with four speed auto!

    Isn't the Corvette really a 2 speed auto? Doesn't it go from 1st straight to 4th?

    With all that power and torque, I guess that's a good way to save gas.
  • twaintwain Posts: 185
    I suspect 5sp autos will become more and more common. They can wring better performance with closer gearing and better mileage with taller gearing in 5th.

    I remember when 3sp autos and sticks were the standard. Now we have a few 6sp sticks and CVTs. It's fun to watch.
  • junglejimjunglejim Posts: 18
    "VWs assembled south of the border are unreliable because they're VWs, not because they're made in Mexico. Volkswagons made in Germany and Brazil are similarly problematic. "

    Comments like this are just funny. You could sit me blindfolded in a VW made in Germany, one made in Mexico, and one made in the US (back before VW closed their PA plant due to quality problems). I could tell you which one was made a Germany.

    I have an 87 VW with 210,000 miles still going strong. Show me a GM product with the same that wasn't put in the junkyard 10 years ago.

    Having said that, I sure hope GM is able to pull it off by making reliable vehicles that last at least ten years. I think that they are totally capable, but it will take some effort on their part.
  • I hope the HHR lasts 10 years without eating major expensive parts. That's the minimum length of time I wanna keep it. :D
  • bt42005bt42005 Posts: 1
    "If I do end up buying an HHR, I'd have to get the load mat, but it would be nice if there was something soft-touch on the seatbacks as well."

    HHR comes standard with a carpeted cargo mat as I understand. Plastic surface when you need it, carpet when you need it. Front Passenger seat back is only plastic seat back you would see as a 2nd row passenger
    , right?
  • hymeballshymeballs Posts: 1
    saw 2 today on 1-75 in Oakland Co, MI while stuck in usual summer construction, I really like the grill on it! they were driving back to back a grey one and a burgundy/maroon one...
  • Sweet! They're probably late pre-production models getting the bugs worked out, right?
  • gogophers1gogophers1 Posts: 218
    Just the same, I like the Chrysler set-up better - standard carpeting on the floor and seatbacks with an available pull-out plastic mud mat rather than vice versa.

    On a different note, does anyone have pics of an HHR without the extra-cost chrome package? From the Chevy site, it appears that chrome is standard on the top-level model but "satin" finish comes standard on the base and midlevels (chrome being optional on the latter). The chrome looks nice, but would probably pick up police lidar from 3 miles away.
  • I'm sure everyone already noticed, but the HHR is now listed under "New Cars" on Edmunds' main site, rather than "Future Vehicles". The base prices listed are for LS and 1LT -- most of the options don't have values next to them either.

    I hope the September release is still on track, because my current car just decided to start dying again. :P
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,867
    Well indeed we do! I'll move this discussion to our Wagons board in a day or so.

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  • bigdaddycoatsbigdaddycoats Posts: 1,058
    My neighbor had a black LT in the driveway last night. Hope he has it again this weekend. I would like to take a closer look at it.
  • charlotte7charlotte7 Posts: 144
    I thought the HHRs were coming in summer--is September really the release date? :(
  • I just remember hearing a number of months ago that HHR was going into production this summer, and would be on lots around September. Maybe they moved up the schedule, or maybe I heard wrong. Though considering my interest in the vehicle, I doubt the latter to be true. ;)
  • From a GM press release 7/27/2004:
    The HHR, a crossover vehicle with expressive design and surprising functionality, will add to Chevy's growing family of SUVs when it goes into production in summer 2005 as a 2006 model.

    Hah, d'oh! 5/6/2005
    HHR production begins in the second quarter in Ramos , Mexico . Vehicles will be in dealerships by late summer.

    Okay, so maybe they did move it up a little. Hey I'm happy, I'm about to need a new car!
  • bigdaddycoatsbigdaddycoats Posts: 1,058
    GM execs are now starting to drive them. Living in metro Detroit, cars are on the roads months before they go on sale.

    Tons of H3s and quite a few 9-7xs around lately.
  • johnr1johnr1 Posts: 9
    I don't think the plastic cargo area is a cost thing, I think it is a function thing. I like the plastic in my Matrix because of what I haul there (bikes). I think it would be great if you were hauling dogs too. I was in a CR-V that had been used to haul wet Labs. Wow, did that smell.

    Maybe I am in the minority, but I don't think the Ford Focus wagon sucks. I leased one for a couple years. That is more car-like and has carpet. Chevy is also selling a nice looking Korean wagon (Chevy Optra IIRC, in Canada).
  • johnr1johnr1 Posts: 9
    Also I think the mazda5 will have carpet.
  • gogophers1gogophers1 Posts: 218
    If it's back again this weekend, any chance of you sneaking over there and snapping a couple digital photos to share with the rest of us?
  • arkitectarkitect Posts: 75
    im tryin to figure out if the hhr is based on something if it is what
  • Well, officially, GM says that it is styled after the SSR roadster and the 1949 Suburban. Unofficially, it looks somewhat similar to the Dodge Durango -- and very much, some say almost exactly, like the Chrysler PT Cruiser.
  • gogophers1gogophers1 Posts: 218
    The models medina noted may have been the main influences on the HHR exterior design, but if you're actually asking about the platform, it's based on the new Chevy Cobalt. The reviews for the Cobalt have been very positive, so I have high hopes for this tall wagon version.
  • king1854king1854 Posts: 2
    I saw a car hauler full of brand new HHR's in Lindale, Texas right off I-20 two weeks ago. I got a chance to give them a good look over, but they had transit stickers, instead of actual prices on them...
  • king1854king1854 Posts: 2
    I am presently driving a 1992 Suburban that has 208,000 miles with the original motor, and it still runs strong...

    I find the problems with most cars and trucks originates between the steering wheel and the driver's seat...
  • btbambtbam Posts: 2
    After the claims that this is a 100% blatant PT ripoff, I went off and compared side by side (by pictures of course) a blue PT and the blue HHR shown on here. Looking at these both side by side shows that they really dont look much alike AT ALL. Sure it has flared fenders and a retro bumper but besides that I think the closest thing that the HHR looks like is basically just a minature suburban like it was based after. Also, in the looks department I really think there is no contest and that the HHR wins HANDS DOWN. Of course this is my strict opinion, and as we've seen with the Honda Element, Scion xB, and original PT Cruiser, people will always hate something that is different and new until they get used to it.
  • I would have gotten to that eventually if it hadn't been bedtime. :P
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    As of the 28th.
    30 cars were built this week.
    263 have ben built so far.
    My guess is that all of this production will go to executives for evaluattion.
  • gogophers1gogophers1 Posts: 218
    I think the argument people are making is that GM ripped off the concept, not the styling of the PT Cruiser. Let's see, they are similarly sized (the HHR is 5 inches longer), both based on small car platforms (Neon vs. Cobalt), use 4 cyl. engines and are manufactured in Mexico to keep the costs of production down. I agree with you, they don't look the same, but I have my doubts GM would've approved this idea if the PT wouldn't have proven so successful at launch.

    As far as looks, from the pics I like the HHR better on the outside, the PT on the inside (gotta like them body color dash panels).
  • Next up for Chevrolet are the new HHR, which is scheduled for introduction in the late summer/early fall of 2005 and the new Impala and Monte Carlo, scheduled to arrive in dealers' showrooms later this year.

    So it most likely is September.
  • arkitectarkitect Posts: 75
    the standard hhr is priced at around 15 not 22
  • I am paying attention, but I'll want ABS on mine, and it looks like I'll need the 1LT plus a PEG to get it, so price+options+tax+warranty+finance charge will likely push my HHR close to 22k. Oh look, a run-on sentence...

    I look forward to the test drive, and the ability to part with a down payment that guarantees never being upside-down on the loan. :blush:
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