2008 Chevrolet HHR Expert Review
Reliable and surprisingly spacious.
In my experience, the 2008 HHR is a highly reliable vehicle. I have not had very many issues with it in the time that I have owned it. As with all cars, there is a certain amount of upkeep which is to be expected. The suspension of the vehicle holds up pretty well. It drives very smoothly on the highway and has minimal road noise. On unpaved country roads it handles bumps and potholes very well. It has a surprisingly spacious interior. Three grown adult women were comfortable riding in the back seats during a six-hour road trip, and all five of our weekend bags, pillows and blankets fit in the trunk of the vehicle. It is not a great vehicle for those who are exceptionally tall as it is a shorter vehicle and does not have a ton of leg space. Because it sits so low, the headlights do not feel as though they reach very far at night. The interior is very comfortable and durable. Seats come clean easily and give good lumbar support. This vehicle handles surprisingly well in both the rain and in snowy/icy conditions. The heating and cooling systems in the vehicle are very responsive which makes temperature regulation easy. The CD player can only hold one CD at a time, but there is a CD player which is a feature you do not always find in cars nowadays. This vehicle is very practical for a single person or small family, as there is a good amount of storage space, but still allows easy access if you have children in the backseat who need car seats.
This is strange. When you get in the car and turn the air to inside circulation the air gets cold like you had turned on the ac but you didn't.
The car itself isn't so bad it's the way it was built that has a lot to desire. The battery is in the hatch and to change the a front light you have to remove a front tire and go through the opening. Other then that it's pretty much a good car to have for going back and for to work or school. One of the other things I did not like and forgot to mention was that the year 2008 models had a feature that was kind of nerve racking and thankfully that was the only year they did that. When you got your speed to 40 mph and if you kept it there the car felt like it was pulsing, not good, and could not be changed. So until I get another car I had to learn to live with it.
The car is very comfortable, compact (with lots of space), and simple.
For the most part this vehicle has had no major problems but there have been a few minor one. Such as wear and tear (replacing tires, brakes, battery, air filter, oil change spark plugs, and wires) replacing the ball joints. Right now the current problems are motor mounts and suspension leaks. There could be more that I am not aware of. When we first got the car it ran smoothly/ hat lasted about a month and then car started to run really hard. As far as comfort and the features it has, the seats are comfy. The stereo is not world class but it is simple. There is plenty of space in the whether or not you put down the seats.