215,000 miles and still toodlin'!!
By spinstergal on Wednesday, November 02, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 215,000
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Amazingly roomy, economical, fun to drive"
Cons: "little trim piece on front bumper keeps breaking"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I LOVE my HHR!! Best car I ever owned. Bought it in late 2006, it's almost paid off and still going strong despite over 200,000 miles. I drive for my job and have had this little car from California to Cape Cod, Michigan to Miami and all points in between. Up mountains, along sandy/muddy forest roads in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the beach in FL, across the Southwestern deserts, through blizzards in Ontario. This little purple bug is the Energizer Bunny of cars, and all at about 30 - 33 miles per gallon. It has hauled wood, family, luggage, kayaks, you name it. I have no complaints and the car doesn't owe me a dime. I would buy another one in a heartbeat, but I'm so darn fond of this one, it would be hard to give it up. Hubby and I plan to hang onto it and see if we can hit some real mileage milestones! I'm at least hoping for 500,000!!!
My HHR has the 2.4 L engine and is loaded. I love the remote start here in icy northern MI. By the time it's done with the second start, it's warm as toast inside, defrosted and all ready to boogie!
I have had no major repairs except for some damage from a NJ pothole, bent my axle hub. Switched out the brakes at 89,000 for Bendix rotors and that solved some minor brake issues. No troubles since. This car just keeps going along. Love the heated leather seats and sound system. The exhaust has a pinhole leak, so that will probably need fixing soon, but other than the axle hub, everything has been routine maintenance. No major repairs. I get the oil changed like clockwork and it's still golden as if the car were brand new. This has been an economical little car, as much fun for around town as it is for long hauls on the interstate. I have arthritis and even after a 13 hour day in the saddle, I'm still able to get out and walk. Any other car, I'd be a cripple, but the seat height and ergonomics are perfect. I also love the tailgate. It's an easy lift to get my luggage over the bumper and then it just slides in, no inner lip to negotiate. The seats all fold flat and we've put all kinds of huge objects inside that should have required a minivan or pick-up. I once had to unload a friend's Avalanche into my car and it took a floor to ceiling load with room to spare. This little bug is like the Chevys of old! I love this darn thing!!"
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