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Removal of door handles and reinstalling new ones on the HHR.

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  • Anonymous Jul 24, 2008

    passenger door will not open

  • Anonymous Sep 05, 2008

    door panel has 3 screws - one behind handle and 2 in arm rest. I t also has a plastic expanding pin in the side of the door. Remove these and all that remains is about 5 pushpins.You''l have to gently pull on the door panel to remove it from the frame. The outside handle nuts and regulator should be visible then.

    The inside drivers door handle on my 2006 HHR broke. The dealership says its not covered in the warranty and the only way to replace it is to purchase a new panel/handle assembly. This is crazy beccause all that holds the handle on the panel is a plastic rod and spring...someone help me.

  • zigzagink Sep 26, 2008

    I figured out how to get the panel off, but am pissed of the quality of the interior door handle assembly. The drivers inside door handle snapped and JB Weld nor Super Glue could fix the situation. I would hate to think I have to buy a totally new panel and assembly to fix the situation.

  • numbskullrow Nov 18, 2008

    Were do I get a replacement handle if GM wants to sell me the entire assembly?

  • no1movr Dec 16, 2008

    driver side interior door handle broken ... inexpensive fix for this???

  • diane037 Jan 21, 2009

    I have the same problem with my door handle and they want me to buy a new door panel for over $300. I can't find a salvage yard in town that carries any parts for my 2006 HHR. Does anyone know where to get the part?

  • Anonymous Jan 26, 2009

    During a very cold day the door handle snapped. They (GM) want 300 for replacement of whole door panel.

  • dr5271 Feb 02, 2009

    my 06 has the sane problem,Were do I get a replacement handle if GM wants to sell me the entire assembly?I'll try to find some one to cast this part and maybe I can sell this

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2009

    same, internal door handles, drivers side fixed at gm dealer $400, now other side broken, what can I do?

  • buckstud Mar 27, 2009

    i was holding the door handle in the open position as i shifted the transmission into park and the handle BROKE in my hand!! i was not pulling forcefully. the  action of the unlocking mechanism created the damage!!

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2009

    We had to have 3 out of 4 of our outside door handles replaced, and the driver's side inside door handle replaced (which required them replacing the whole inside door panel). Fortunately our car was still under warrenty. Our front passenger inside door handle broke last month, and our warrenty has expired so they want over $400.00 to replace the panel now. This on top of numerous other repairs we had to have done (under warrenty fortunately). I don't think I will be buying another HHR!!!!



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You can buy the outside handle from for under $30.00 I can't find the inside handle on their website. Call them or email them if needed

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I'm still at the 'roll my window down' stage for
opening the door. There seems to be enough
of us with broken handles to maybe raise a li'l hell
with a threat of a class action suit.I love my HHR
otherwise, but no replacement at a reasonable cost?
I did GM work as a toolmaker for many years, and I would fire
every engineer involved in the design or lack thereofet .
I'm if you'd like me to pursue it.
I'm gonna discuss it with my lawyer, anyway.
I think it could maybe result in a possible recall .
They normally try to avoid negative press.
Appreciate some feedback

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I had the same problem, 3 outside door handles broke. Got all four outside handle on ebay for 50.00

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I have the same problem, plastic POS they want 400 bucks, man I feel like I don't want to buy an other american car if if they like ramming things like this up your back side, every chance they get

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  • CalWaters Aug 20, 2010

    Agree completely! Will never buy another HHR or Chevy product as long as I live. I was qtd $650 here in Ontario Canada by the dealer, so needless to say, this isn't getting fixed anytime soon.
    I work in plastics, and I know a bad design when I see one, and having an 1/8" pc of plastic as the main door lever that will always be used, is just a bad designer, and a bad manager approving the design. Come on Chevy, smarten up. There's a reason why you guys almost went under!


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