In an HHR right now

Discussion in 'The Coffee Shop ~ Chit Chat' started by Crawdaddy, May 9, 2012.

  1. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy All hail the Mad King!! Staff Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    Monday I dropped my car off in the body shop to get it repaired after a lady hit me in the side. The insurance company is paying for a rental while it's in the shop. (Thank God, I don't think I could afford 15mpg or less in one of my trucks!) So, Enterprise puts me in a Ford Focus. At first, the car seemed ok, but then I started realizing some things. First, the seat isn't comfortable in the least and doesn't recline well. Second, the blasted thing doesn't have any cruise control!!! How can a brand new 2012, or anything built in the past 10 years for that matter, not have freakin' cruise control! GRRRRR. :grrrrrr: So, the next morning I call Enterprise up and say is there ANY way they could swap me into something that has cruise control. Sure, they say, just stop on by. So, I did. And what do they put me in? A HHR.

    Now, I've never driven or been in an HHR before, and I must say, it is pretty nice. First of all, it has cruise! :party: It's quite roomy and is comfortable. I also like the fact that I don't have to fall into or crawl out of the seat like I do in my Saturn. It has a 2.4L Ecotech motor in it, the big brother of the 2.2L I have in my Saturn. So far, I'm averaging around 33mpg according to the information center. I'll verify that in a day or 2 when I refuel.

    Now, I'm not crazy for the instrument cluster in the least. It's sort of a steampunk-type design with the gauges being on various height levels and stuff. Bleh, just give me some nice, generic gauges. The increments are hard to read while driving because the speedometer only has labels every 20mph, and indiscriminate ticks in between to indicate every 5mph. Then there's the stark lack of gauges in general. All it has is speedometer, a relatively tiny tach, and temp gauge. I'd like a little more information about my engine.

    But, would I buy one? Sure, I could see myself buying a used one. It kinda feels like a Suburban, just smaller. And with a decent mpg.
  2. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Epic Member Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    I dont drive my wifes HHR much, especially since I have my new truck, but when I do I dont mind it, not a bad car.
    Are you driving an LT or LS?
    My wifes is an LT and has all the gauges, not sure if LS includes them all.
    One problem I do have is the window switch's not where they should be and I get a little distracted looking for them.
    But I do love the sunroof, sometimes wish I had one in my truck.
  3. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy All hail the Mad King!! Staff Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    I think I'm in an LT. It's a rental car, so it's whatever the base package is.
  4. mfleetwood

    mfleetwood Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    Our company started buying these cars for our face to face sales reps a couple of years ago and most of them have great things to say about it. It could also be they like the car because it is a step up from the Venture vans we were previously using :glasses:.

    99'HEARTBEAT MODERATOR Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor to what you have mentioned, what you like about the HHR, and how's it Ride??.......the reason I'm asking, is With the price a Gas, what it is Today, I've been lately looking at the HHR' a 2nd Vehicle/Grocery getting.
    Last edited: May 9, 2012
  6. Coach24

    Coach24 Rockstar 3 Years 5000 Posts

    I had a company HHR and one thing I did not like was the low profile type tires and wheels package. When you hit a chuck hole it bends the rim and blows the tire. Now mind you this was a small chuck hole that my truck would take with ease. They are less roomy up front than my truck. On the other side they got great fuel mileage and the sound system was very good. the room in the rear was enough for samples and catalogs as well as weather friendly. You an put a lot of product back there.
    At higher rates of speed the handling was surprisingly good for a boxy vehicle, not a lot of roll in the corners and in high winds it held it's ground much better than the previous Astro I was given.
    I bought one for my parents as mom is very short and dad is blind so mom is comfortable driving the HHR.

    Would I buy one for myself? Good question. I would have to think a bit longer as I like my Silverado size and comfort
  7. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy All hail the Mad King!! Staff Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    I'll try to adress everything listed so far. If I've missed something, ask again and I'll try to catch it.

    Things I like. Well, if you look at my fleet, I'm a fan of boxy vehicles, so that's a plus. The drivers seat and rear seats are comfortable and provide me ample room. Keep in mind I'm pretty short. It's got a nice ride to it. Soft, but I do feel the bumps in the road, probably about the same as my Saturn. It's not a truck, so I don't expect the huge amount of room and high ride height of a pickup or suburban. I feel it's something I can feel comfortable making my long commute in everyday, and I will be for most likely the next week or two.

    As of now, my biggest concern is whether it can live up to the claimed EPA fuel mileage ratings and the mpg that the DIC is claiming. If it nets me 30+ mpg, I'd recommend it in a heartbeat for a daily driver.
  8. Coach24

    Coach24 Rockstar 3 Years 5000 Posts

    Mom nd dad are getting 31.6 as of the last fill up. they are mostly city driving with my moms heavy foot. So I am impressed with there fuel mileage.
  9. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Epic Member Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    My wifes averages 31.
    We took it on a trip to Las Vegas a few years ago and at 75 mph we averaged 33mpg, I was a happy camper because I've never had a vehicle that good before.
    Our list of issues we've had is short:
    The affore mentioned window switch placement
    A material issue with the coating they used on the inside door trim peeling off

    The wife loves it for commuting to work, it's a 2008 with 46K miles, all we've had to do was normal maintenance every 7-9k miles.
    I wouldnt recommend the seats for long trips, when we drove to Vegas I had a hard time getting comfortable and sleeping, in town though it's a great commuter.
  10. Coach24

    Coach24 Rockstar 3 Years 5000 Posts

    Being a bit larger than most I hear ya on the seats. For long trips it was definitely a test . Mom is small ,about 115, so she fits the seats much better. Dad he doesn't complain about much just accepts that he can not drive any more and kinda just puts his head out the window when mom farts.:rofl: And you thought only canines did that?

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