Used 2008 Chevrolet HHR LS in Dulles, VA
Reviews for 2008 Chevrolet HHR
2007 Chevy HHR LT
After looking over this car for a while, I finally decided to give it a test drive, and I can honestly say it was love at first sight (err, drive)! The first thing I noticed was how powerful the AC was, and how quickly kicked in. GREAT for those hot summer days. Once driving it off the lot, I continued to fall for it. The steering handled so smoothly compared to my previous car, and it handled the road like it was nothing. I could hardly feel any of the bumps in the road, and the car had a lot of power behind it. The next thing I noticed was the sound system... it was a Pioneer soundsystem with an aux input (for iPods/MP3 players). It sounds AMAZING. And it has all sorts of different settings for improving the sound, not that it needs help. Another awesome thing about the HHR is its storage. You can lay the back seats down to create a TON of room in the rear of the car. Perfect for moving, or even vacations. There's just so much more to say about it, but not enough time to do so. Just give it a go for yourself!
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.
I love my new HHR. It's great on gas mileage and I have plenty of room for hauling things in the back, especially with the divider to make two sections.
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