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Chevrolet HHR



  • jerrywimerjerrywimer Posts: 588
    I don't have an HHR (follow this topic because I think the car is pretty sharp, and I'm a bit of an automotive geek), so I can't say too much about your experiences.

    But to answer your first question- having looked at several new GM vehicles in showrooms or on the dealer lot with the new radios like yours, that jack seems to be just a standard 1/8" stereo jack, similar to what walkman headphone outputs use. I believe iPod's use the same type of jack and headphones as walkmans.

    Connecting either to the radio in the HHR would be a simple job of dropping by the local Radio Shack and buying a 1/8" male to 1/8" male stereo cable, probably in a 3 foot length. Then simply plug one end of the cable into the iPod's headphone jack and the other into the radio's aux jack. After that, set the radio to AUX, and use the iPod's controls to pick / play your tunes, the same way you would if you were using your headphones.

    Hope this helps.

    (If you don't have a Radio Shack nearby, you may be able to find the same type of cable at a Wal-Mart, or one of the many electronics and audio stores like Circuit City or Best Buy)
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    That little light is sorta mood lighting. Casts a glow across the console to light up the switches and stuff so you can see at night. Should not be very bright.
  • We have had our HHR about 4 months now it has 3 chips in ths windshield from the last month. We also had a rock go through the radiator, which isnt under warranty because it is a road hazard.
  • pacermanpacerman Posts: 62
    Do you live in an area that the roads are gravel?? Or are you saying that the HHR windshields are more than normal prone to rock pecks, bruising and cracking as in the early Honda Element's??
  • smogdungsmogdung Posts: 349
    Absolutely love this car!! 4200 miles on it now, SMOKED a PT Cruiser tonite....2LT Automatic....electronic traction control or not , I still got 2 seconds of tire spin on dry concrete....left foot on brake....right foot giving a little gas , light turns green....SPIN baby SPIN.....& still measured 27 MPG at fill-up!!! Pulls at least .84G on decreasing radius curves!!! Sorry, I'll just go take a pill now....
  • geemacgeemac Posts: 28
    I have seen a number of complaints regarding windshield chipping. I have a chip in mine already - 3600 miles. I am waiting for it to turn into a crack so my insurance will replace it. I have read that aftermarket windshields -- not those purchased from GM -- are sturdier and less prone to chipping. Plus, they have a nice tinted strip across the top of the windshield that is not available with a stock GM windshield.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 21,319
    Do you have a chip or crack? The chips can be drilled and filled if they're not in a visually important area.

    Why are the originals more prone to chips?

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    I doubt if there is a problem with the glass itself. It is the upright design of the windshield.
  • novanova Posts: 135
    I remember when I bought my brand new chevy Indy 500 pace truck I think it was a 93. I went out to back it out of the garage and the wind sheild was broke.I called the dealer and they said that they were having problems back then. So yes I beleive the glass could have a defect
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    That was a completly different issue than what I thought was being complained about. That was a stress issue during glass forming. The problem being reported here is stone throw chips.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    GM does not make windshields (as with other manufactures). Yes, I believe that aftermarket replacements are stronger than stock, for some reason, and they usually have a life time warranty.

    I had one go bad on a car once when a truck threw a small rock that bounced off the windshield. I noticed the crack and I planned on going to the hardware store on the way home to get a fix & fill kit, but I never made it that far. Within a few miles the windshield turn to unfixable spider webs. I cost me $120 to get it replaced by a windshield company and it has a life time warranty. I have had to replace two windshields on two new vehicles.

    Some stock windshields that come on GM cars have the top of windshield tint.
  • lostlost Posts: 64
    Windshields on todays cars are different from years ago. The glass is thinner to save weight,and to make up for the fact that the glass is thinner the glass is tempered to be harder. This harder glass is much more prone to chipping then the older softer glass.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 21,319
    Someone commented that replacements are better. If you start looking sideways through the windshields of cars next to you, you notice that some have a lot of ripple effect. These appear to be replacement windshields, at least on GM cars. I was next to a recent ParkAvenue at a light Friday and was looking sideways through the windshield and noticed the ripple.

    It used to be that certain foreign brands had a lot of rippling-apparently that was the original windshields since a lot of them had it.

    I'm not sure all replacements are as good.

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • twaintwain Posts: 185
    The HHR has received criticism for being too much like the PT Cruiser. Here's what Chevy should have done with the HHR...

    Make it RWD, give it a 3.5 V6 with 250hp and dual exhaust. It would be the Hotrod that so many wanted the PT to be. And all claims of "PT clone" would be silenced.
  • gthorgthor Posts: 2
    Did you buy the HHR and I have the $3000 GM points also. If you don't mind my asking, what did you get yours for?
  • gthorgthor Posts: 2
    I have 3000 GM points but see that I can only use 1000 on an HHR. Has anyone been able to redeem more than 1000 points or $1000 worth?
  • smogdungsmogdung Posts: 349
    You should go ahead and really ask a dealer about using all 3K...if you're really interested in an hhr...GM will do about anything to sell any vehicle right now...tell the dealer to call the card...they may even make it more than 3K.
  • smogdungsmogdung Posts: 349
    I suspect it won't be too long before a higher output version comes out....but the tradeoff will be'll probably get about 20mpg or less. My best guess is they'll put in the Turbo ecotec from the Solstice GXP or the Supercharged ecotec from the Colbalt SS.
  • beedublubeedublu Posts: 236
    Make it RWD, give it a 3.5 V6 with 250hp and dual exhaust. It would be the Hotrod that so many wanted the PT to be. And all claims of "PT clone" would be silenced.

    I'll go with the 3.5 250hp and dual exhaust part, but RWD...not! As long as I live in the frozen northeast downwind of the snowy Great Lakes I'll never touch another RWD car again!
  • novanova Posts: 135
    Here was the deal I got sticker was 20,630.00
    Invoive 19,195.33
    $100.00 over invoice
    tax 1,157.70
    - gm points $3,205.37
    Plus tag 150.00
    I cannot locate the exact buyers order right now I know I am missing somthing. I know i gave them 17,705.00 total. I did get my full 3205.37 in points with the top off your points coupon that I got in the mail. I get part of my tag money back when I pick up my tag. The dealer never saw the top off coupon and hade to call gm to verify. Hopr this helps offer only good till end of march
  • smogdungsmogdung Posts: 349
    So basically you got it for 16K +Tax....that's a sweet deal!! What all's on it?
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    It will be the SC Cobalt 2.0 L engine added later this year.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    The criticism of being a clone or too much like the PT was only around the first few months at release. I haven't heard anymore name calling since. The HHR is clearly different from the PT in many ways.

    If they did put a V6 in it, it should be a limited edition. GM like Chrysler, uses the 4 cylinder to boost their corporate truck mileage.
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    Are you sure the corporate gas mileage is around anymore with the new truck classes requirements?
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Yes, it was just updated again this past week by the government and all trucks are supposed to get 24 or better I believe by 2008? Currently it is at 22.8 I believe.
  • novanova Posts: 135
    2LT package / auto trans / 17" high polished wheels / running boards / Orange / gray cloth interior.
    Thats right off the window sticker. First oil change free.

    Michael from Dania FL.
  • twaintwain Posts: 185
    As long as I live in the frozen northeast downwind of the snowy Great Lakes I'll never touch another RWD car again!

    I hear ya. I probably won't either. But many people would and the HHR would have made one fine hotrod. Price it between 20 and 25k and it would have been the vehicle the overpriced SSR tried to be.
  • lusitanialusitania Posts: 14
    Does anyone know the procedure for disabiling the warning chime in the 2006 HHR? I can really do without the reminder that the door is open with the key in the ignition, etc, etc. With GM stuff it used to be a separate little module under the dash that you could unplug, but with the HHR it seems like the sound is coming out of the driver side door radio speaker. Can't disconnect that, can I? Anybody have a clue?
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    Don't know the answer, but I do know A) in my 2000 Impala those sounds do seem to come from the speaker, and B) in the Impala there's a way to adjust the volume of those sounds (or at least I know it adjusts the sound of the turn signal, among other things).

    I forget exactly how it's done on my car, basically once I set it the way I wanted it I haven't had a need to change it...but you might read through your manual and see if there's a way to at least lower the volume of those things.
  • totalledtotalled Posts: 1
    Test-drove an HHR LT/2LT last night for the first time; was trying to find an alternative to the only other deal I had worked for a wholly different vehicle. Totalled my car last week so I have been without wheels and am feeling the pressure.

    I agree with previous comments that the "experts" made too much of the handling, brakes, engine and location of the window controls. All seem good enough to me, and I had been a fan of higher-engined and "better-handling" performance sedans. Gas prices and $ available dictated that I "reorient" my outlook. The HHR will do the trick. And I've been offered a good deal which I hope to finalize tonight: $1000 under invoice (invoice is ~$23200; MSRP ~ $24500+) for a fully loaded 2LT; price before tax = $22200. Insurance cost isn't bad either.
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