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Changes You'd Like To See in the Chevrolet HHR



  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I disagree with almost everything you say, but that is your opinion. The 2.2 L engine has more than enough power for this car/van for normal driving, and the 2.4 L a has a little more go. Compare the 0-60 times with most any car out there and you will see this is normal for a 4-cylinder vehicle. The designer of the vehicle was the same guy who did the PT Cruiser though I don't know if he was involved with the interior.
  • scortchscortch Posts: 41
    Isn't all of this people's opinions? Every person's changes they would like to see is an opinion. :)

    It's all the stuff I didn't like and what led me to get rid of it finally. Of course some people are going to disagree and some agree. They asked, I posted ;)
  • lacolaco Posts: 28
    Yes its all personal opinion.
    Mine is, I'm pretty satisified with the 2.2, but I also have the five speed manual transmission, which is more efficient in getting what power there is to the drive wheels. Mileage, I consistantly get 35mpg highway, 28mpg or so city, so it does well in that catagory, but then I also don't drive it hard.

    Visability, yes there are blind spots, but getting the mirrors adjusted properly goes a long way to help that.

    My only interior issue, is, I wish there was more storage inside, compartments accessable to the driver. I really miss center console storage, but it is a small car, and something has to give.
  • I have noticed several HHR's with dented tailgates, i saw a used one at the dealer and it was dented right above the license plate, the same dent I have seen on several other HHR's, I put my thumb on the metal and it caved in with a "pop" sound, like a coke can and it left a new dent!! Have any of you noticed this with your HHR? It stopped me dead in my tracks from buying the HHR.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    It sounds like a design flaw. If that was the only thing holding me back from purchase I would live with the small ding or would be careful with that area when washing. You can get those suction cup dent/ding pullers at stores for as little as $10 now.
  • talker20talker20 Posts: 7
    I found an 08 with doors and a seat but the back windows were panel. I bought an 08 LT1 but should have looked at the panel closer, I'm a new owner as of2/25/08, Cardinal Red w/Chrome package. :)
  • jm40jm40 Posts: 6
    i'd like to see the front end changed to look more "macho" like a truck. more edgy on the front,,, basically so the front end will match the rest of the vehicle.
  • acmechacmech Posts: 2
    I have an 06 LT2 with all the bells and whistles. Needs bigger brake rotors and calipers. Rotors warp fairly quickly.
    I'm 6'4'' and have to sit on the front of the seat for head room. Wife had to have a moon roof. We bought a new FJ Cruiser and I got stuck with the "No head room HHR". Sucks to be me.
    Seriously, I love the car, great power, handles smoothly, sound system is good and it's fairly inexpensive.
    I think I'll trade it for a loaded Tundra. That should fix the brake problem!
  • droldsdrolds Posts: 4
    Hello everyone, does anyone use a HHR panel van for a business? Are you pleased with the cargo space? I am a building services contractor and my 05' Chevrolet Express with the 4.8 is killing me on gas, I am thinking about adding an HHR and using the full size only when necessary like when I have a large carpet cleaning job or a floor refinishing when I need to load with larger pieces of equipment, but for the everyday grind I'm thinking the HHR can handle a vacuum or two, a tool box, and a box of misc items I may need. Thanks for any input. Mike
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Yes, that is the situation with those roofs. I once had to sit in the back of a Lincoln Towncar and my head was brushing the roof and I am only 6' tall.

    I assume you have the seat height adjustment all the way down. It sounds to me like you should switch vehicles with your wife.

    If you do decide to get rid of it why not support an American company and buy a Silverado/Sierra. They are a better truck than a Toyota with better looks, mileage, resale value, built better for work, nicer interiors and road manners, and not as many recalls.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I have seen a few companies using them recently and the panel looks like it would be fine for basic hauling. If your dealer is nearby why not go over there and take some measurements of the cargo area. The website probably has the cubic feet listed for the model but its always nice to see it first hand.
  • rose4hhrrose4hhr Posts: 4
    The plastic interior would generally bother me, but actually most cars have them these days...evidently, it is the texturing that bothers you...I'm guessing? :confuse:
    The power up hill is an issue. I think GM developed them for "flatlanders", but they are flattening out most of the mountainous areas these days, so... :sick:
    The point of the HHR is economy, not luxury...but there are variations within it, and you may have rented a "base" model LS, not a LT or higher.
    GM does need to consider that we don't want to spend $5 a gallon for gas, so keep it in mind if they want to sell the vehicle....and for all its flaws, we really like our HHR's! ;)
  • sparklandsparkland Posts: 119
    I definitely would move the battery compartment back under the hood where it belongs.
    A mechanic guy at my work, owns an HHR -- his battery went dead and he tried to jump it. First, he had to find it. Under the passenger seat and then he jumped it a blew the fuses. Consequently the key was in the ignition but he could not remove it,. design flaw.

    What were those engineers thinking when they made that move with the battery?

  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Kind of odd don't you think that someone doesn't know where the battery is especially when he's a mechanic. There are dozens of cars on the market with rear seat batteries. Some of the reasons for the change is better vehicle weight balance, less whether related fatigue if living in the cold belt, and more room under the hood for all those accessories.

    One of the first things a new car/truck/motorcycle owner is supposed to do is read the owners manual. There is a wealth of information in there to explain quite of few things.
  • sparklandsparkland Posts: 119
    My point was not to challenge the competency of the driver. It was to get the battery moved back into the engine compartment where it is easily accessible and not have the key locked in the ignition when the power goes out.

    Thanks, Brad
  • novanova Posts: 135
    I heard that for 2009 they are moving the window controls to the door and there will be 3 cup holders on the automatic transmission models. Have not heard if there will be a 6 speed auto added
  • rdesantisrdesantis Posts: 30
    I enjoy my H. and a proud GM Guy, I would like to see the following changes:
    1)A rear gate window that pops open or rolls down (like the old station wagons used to have).
    2) Redesign the dash board so that we can get some leg room. my suggestion, 60/40 front bench seat (with manuverable arm rest) install a column tranmission shifter. move the radio up, and put the window switches on the driver door and where ever else the have to go. I used to have a '93 Olds Cierra, sheesh the leg room I had in that thing. And that was not a full sized car. i used to strech out on Highway trips when the cruise was on! (oh well).
    3) I have sun roof on my unit. My head rubs the head liner on numerous occasions and i drive slouched even with the seat hight adjustor all the way at its lowest. i like to sit up when i drive! Heritage High Roof is the name of the beast, c'mon Chevrolet!
  • droldsdrolds Posts: 4
    Hey Guys,

    I'd like to hear from business owners who own the Panel HHR, I still need to go to the dealership and do some measuring to see if my equipment will fit in the thing. I currently own a express cargo with the "access" package, best damn cargo van I have ever owned except the fuel is killing me, tested last week and was getting 12 MPG in town, rarely drive the car on the highway and when I do I get 14 MPG. thanks all. I know, I know, I need to visit the dealership but don't ya' just hate those places :(
  • rdesantisrdesantis Posts: 30
    I know that the H does not have as much cargo room as the Express (i too used to rent Chev Express' for work-what a great ride and easy driver they are eh!?) but, if you cannot load all your equipment into the H, have you considered an enclosed utilty Trailer? I have a 4x8 2000 lbs capacity utility trailer and i have towed a full load of stone (2000 lbs) beleive me or not it is true. Now, I only did that out of necesssity and cruised down the road a 40km an hour, but my little H did the job. Something to think about. I am not sure what line of work you are in, but the H is rated with a 1000lbs towing capacity. And when you don't need the trailer unhook and you still have an economical little work horse.
  • teajay2teajay2 Posts: 1
    It's the same as the station wagon just remove the storage compartment behind the front seats and install the rear seats from a s/w . Check with a junkyards on line. I did this when I had a Willys Panel truck.
  • lcmaxxlcmaxx Posts: 1
    I stand about 5'-9" and have to watch my head as I unload. I would like to see duel swinging rear doors.
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    I'm driving a 2009 HHR as a rental while my car is getting fixed under warranty and the HHR needs more leg room and better visibility. I'm 6'2" and my legs are cramped and the roof line is too low for good visibility. Someone mentioned the window switches and cup holders--yes, the power window switches are in the door and there are 3 cup holders in the center console--but the 3rd one is for the back seat, I believe.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    If you're talking about the front visibility then that won't change as it is part of the animal. Your driving a remake of an old car and thats the way they were built.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    It has the almost custom chopped look. The original one back in the 40's had a higher roof line for its size from what I recall.
  • The interior engineers could have also given us taller people a, few more notches to make the seat lower, for improved visablity and increased headroom, it is afterall Heritage High Roof (HHR). The PTcrusier has just as much of a roof line dip and visability is much better for city driving. Don;t sweat it Poncho, I love my H, but get yourself into an Aveo. Its a smaller car and driver cockpit is designed with lots of knee and head room for tall and/or short people.

    They definalty fixed the Windshild issue. I just came back for the 2009 Detroit Autoshow and the 2010 "orlando" which will replace the HHR has much better visability and even a thrid row of seats!!!
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    It is what it is that is why people need to test drive before they buy. All those custom chopped cars/trucks have the same issue.

    The Aveo will be right for some and not right for others like the HHR.
  • 87silver87silver Posts: 9
    As someone from the Hot Rod era, I chose the HHR for those very nostalgic reasons.

    With chopped top rods you always had to lean forward to see the light change before dumping the clutch. It was something that I was prepared for and used to when I bought my 21st century rod which is an HHR SS.

    The Orlando does nothing for me in this context and I see it as merely another modern car with no unique distinction that the HHR and PT has.

    For me, the only thing that I would change is maybe an AWD version for increased handling.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    You don't need to lean forward with this:

    I have it and its the best investment I have put in my HHR.
  • cmyrecmyre Posts: 4
    They should come standard with 4 wheel disc brakes on all models ( not just the SS ) and this would CURE the brake issues that they ALL have.
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