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Used 2008 Chevrolet HHR LS in Dulles, VA

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Reviews for 2008 Chevrolet HHR

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4.5 out of 5(40 reviews)

Buyer beware!

I had rented a 2011 Chevy HHR some months ago and really liked it. So, when I recently decided to trade in my old car, I was thrilled to see that the dealer had a 2008 model available for sale. I was mostly happy with my purchase until a couple of weeks later, when the car suddenly stopped dead in the middle of the freeway. In rush-hour traffic! If not for an angel in a pickup truck who saw my distress and positioned himself behind me to protect me, I could very well have been injured or worse. The same goes for anyone who might have had the misfortune to be in my path at the time. After putting the car in park, turning off the engine and starting it up again, the car drove as if nothing happened. The next day, I brought the car to the dealer for repair. They kept it overnight and called me the next day to say that their mechanics could not find a single thing wrong with it and that I should come and get it. I told them that, whether or not they could detect a problem, there was something dangerously wrong with the car, and I refused to take it back. I then went online (which I probably should have done before I bought the car) and found that, although there had not been a factory recall of this model for this particular malfunction, other people reported having the same problem; and their mechanics could also not figure out the reason for this sporadic occurrence. In fact, I found a link to an Eyewitness News segment, in which they featured this exact problem with the 2008 Chevrolet HHR. They also interviewed a woman who reported that her car stopped dead while crossing a train track. Apparently, however, Chevrolet would not own up to this being a more widespread issue with this model. I then called a friend who has been building all sorts of cars for most of his life. He said the problem was almost definitely with the valves that control the vacuum booster, which seem to be occasionally misfiring. He added that as so much of what goes into cars these days is electronically controlled, it is sometimes very difficult to pinpoint and correct a malfunction. I did report all my findings to the service department. Two additional features I found I disliked about the car are: 1) The overhead light is too far back to be of much use to anyone in the front seat. There is a bit of lighting available from the rear-view mirror, but not enough to easily glance at printed driving directions at night, for example. Definitely a nuisance for those of us who don't yet have GPS capability. 2) The material covering the outside of the doors is very flimsy. I discovered this when I was standing outside the car and happened to lean against the back door on the driver's side. To my surprise, I felt it pop in and then out. An empty runaway supermarket shopping cart could almost certainly dent it. Fortunately, the dealer agreed to void the entire purchase and let me choose another car. This time, a wiser me had the salesman check online reviews of the model I wanted before signing on the dotted line.

- Lucky2Balive, 2008 Chevrolet HHR

bringing home a chevy

Smooth car, comfortable, lots of space

- jeremy ford, 2008 Chevrolet HHR

Love my new HHR!

What a great surprise!! The HHR was not my first choice when I started looking at buying a car. But, I had a friend that had purchased one and she suggested that I might at least take one for a spin...what did I have to lose? Wow...was she right. The interior is a very pleasant surprise. My husband and I are not small people and we have plenty of room in the HHR. Not only that, but there is actually room in the back seat to sit 2 normal or 3 small people comfortably, quite a change from our last vehicle. For those of us that like to sit a little higher, this car fits the bill. Some of the interior features take a little getting used to: this model has the beverage holders in a kind of akward spot and the controls for the windows are on the center console, not on the door. The handling is a little on the sloppy side but certainly nothing that would be of concern. I took it on road trip recently, set the cruise control and enjoyed a great ride as well as 30 mph! It is a little light in the snow but with the addition of some weight in the back end, it manages just fine. All in all, I am very happy with my purchse and would recommend the Chevy HHR to anyone looking for a comfortable ride, good fuel economy and some fun in a new car!!

- Judy, 2008 Chevrolet HHR

This price does not include tax, title, and tags. Additional fees may also apply depending on the state of purchase.