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Username Post: My HHR Daily Driver        (Topic#246004)
Posts: 16
Loc: Hudson River Valley, NYS
Reg: 03-30-03
03-27-11 05:10 AM - Post#2067835    
    In response to utahpaul

Hey utahpaul,

See if you can find one with the SS package. When I was in the market for a "grocery getter", I discovered the HHR and it was pretty much the answer that I was looking for. I found an LT with leather and heated seats. Then my teenage son brought it to my attention that an SS package was available and came with 260hp 260 ft/lbs tq right out of the box. It has the 2.0L Turbocharged Intercooled Ecotec that is used in the Solstace GXP and Sky roadsters. I test drove an HHR SS, so the rest is history. I miss the heated leather seats in the LT, but having a ton of fun with the power of the SS. GM also has a turbo upgrade kit that brings the HP ratings to 290 and tq to 315 ft lbs, but requires prem fuel. The upgrade runs in the area of $600 installed, more or less if you shop around. I went for that a few months after I purchased it. I was lucky enough to find an HHR SS with the 5-speed Saab Trans option (RPO MU3) and the Limited Slip differential option (RPO G85).

As far as reliability goes, I've owned mine for 2 yrs now (2008 model) and have logged 26,400 miles. I haven't had a stitch of trouble with it.

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03-28-11 07:12 PM - Post#2068830    
    In response to 87Silver

Thanks 87! Yes I do like the SS, & I owned a 87 Buick Grand National from 1990 until 1995 and the V6 intercooled Turbo it had was great with it's 245 HP but you had to stay on top of things like the hoses conected to the intercooler as they wanted to slip off after a few blasts ( I installed retro fitted stainless straps to hold it all together ) as well as the turbo itself that was replaced under a extended warranty I had bought for it. All in all I must have had that car in the repair shop for at least 6 months off and yes I like the HHRs very much, but also read all the consumer report guide info for it too and so far the main problem is listed as Suspension & Brakes & power equipment, with big black marks on these items. 2007 HHRs are even listed as "Used cars to avoid"! 2009s are listed a bit better. So that's my take so far, I guess I'll keep a eye out for a low mile 2010 in the future....

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03-29-11 03:27 AM - Post#2068906    
    In response to utahpaul

I'm at 15k on mine since I bought it 15k on it, not a hint of problem except for the typical GM steering column rattle that was fixed. The suspension and running gear is 100% Cobalt, so they will have the same issues, no more, no less.

The 260 h.p. is 5 speed only the automatic gets less, like 235 h.p.


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