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Car added to the stable, 08 HHR SS

Julie's car is scheduled to be delivered later this week. 08 HHR SS A4 w/ 12k miles. Completely stock for now. I taked her into getting the stage 1 kit from GM that adds 30HP and 70TQ without voiding your warrenty. That should be on the car in the next 2 weeks, then I can tweak the tune some. 1 of 176 in this color(its blue but when the sun shines at different angles it turns purple and very similiar to the stealth blue G8). I'll get some really good pics to show the color change. She is really excited.
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2003 Corvette Z06 - MGW shifter, Corsa X pipe, Corsa Xtreme exhaust, Texas Speed long tubes w/o cats, PowerStop rotors/pads, Conti DWS tires, C6Z51 F&R sways, C5R headlights, tuned

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2003 Corvette Z06 - MGW shifter, Corsa X pipe, Corsa Xtreme exhaust, Texas Speed long tubes w/o cats, PowerStop rotors/pads, Conti DWS tires, C6Z51 F&R sways, C5R headlights, tuned

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WOW! That engine bay is tiny. Never seen under the hood of an HHR before.

From what I remember the GMPP upgrade adds another MAP sensor, and a reflash (obviously). I have a buddy with a Solstice GXP, and he says that the VCM has heavy torque management even on the manual. Should be fun to play with.

I wish I could find a wrecked one of these or a Cobalt SS/TC to do a motor swap on my Grand Am.
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Yep, the new MAP is exactly why it needs the stage 1 so the turbo can run higher PSI. Stage 1 kit and a tune with these are running in the high 13s. The auto also has launch control so its so easy to drive(I call it cheating though).

2003 Corvette Z06 - MGW shifter, Corsa X pipe, Corsa Xtreme exhaust, Texas Speed long tubes w/o cats, PowerStop rotors/pads, Conti DWS tires, C6Z51 F&R sways, C5R headlights, tuned

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A very nice addition.

Now go show those Mustang guys what bowtie pride is all about.

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So 1.5 tanks of gas into ownership, the turbos wastegate silonoid failed. No boost at all and the exhaust tip turned instantly black.

Took it to GM because it is still withing the 3/36 (08 w/ 13k miles). Was told the part is back ordered and they will let us know. I said since the part to fix the internal wastegate is back ordered, just give us a turbo from anothe rnew car and then you can deal with waiting for the part. It isn't a warrenty if I have to wait months to get our car back. They gave us some ****ty POS Saturn rental. GM corporate got a call.

Her GTO spent more time getting warrenty work done then actually driven and it was bought as a dealer demo. My GTO hasn't had a single issue yet with 65k+ miles. Now the HHR after 2 weeks of ownership isn't driveable. And just to add to things the Chevy bowties bubbled like our steering wheels do. They are replaceing that as well. To be honest, I'm lost faith in GM.

When their customer service calls, I'm demanding the extended bumper to bumper warrenty since they can't make a car last and I'm demanding a new turbo because this is a DD and is needed for Julie's work.

I can say this much, my next car won't be a GM.
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Damn, that sucks man. I hate to hear that. I love HHRs and secretly always wanted to get an SS for my wife as a daily driver so she didn't have to lug her crew cab Z71 around all the time.
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My wife has had an 06 HHR 2LT as her daily driver since it was new. Not a turbo as they weren't available yet but more importantly, no problems in 47K miles. My wife could care less about a turbo and I don't feel the need to buy a vehicle with stuff for me if it's going to be her car.

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So 1.5 tanks of gas into ownership, the turbos wastegate silonoid failed. No boost at all and the exhaust tip turned instantly black.

Took it to GM because it is still withing the 3/36 (08 w/ 13k miles). Was told the part is back ordered and they will let us know. I said since the part to fix the internal wastegate is back ordered, just give us a turbo from anothe rnew car and then you can deal with waiting for the part. It isn't a warrenty if I have to wait months to get our car back. They gave us some ****ty POS Saturn rental. GM corporate got a call.

Her GTO spent more time getting warrenty work done then actually driven and it was bought as a dealer demo. My GTO hasn't had a single issue yet with 65k+ miles. Now the HHR after 2 weeks of ownership isn't driveable. And just to add to things the Chevy bowties bubbled like our steering wheels do. They are replaceing that as well. To be honest, I'm lost faith in GM.

When their customer service calls, I'm demanding the extended bumper to bumper warrenty since they can't make a car last and I'm demanding a new turbo because this is a DD and is needed for Julie's work.

I can say this much, my next car won't be a GM.
My first Z06 was nothing but problems. This one is perfect. My GTO was perfect.

My first C6 had two recalls though and man I know exactly how you feel. It took them 1 month to fix the roof on the C6 and they would only give me a rental if the car sat at the dealership. Well they wouldn't keep the car inside and if it rained it would get wet inside with the top problem and they told me that was the best they could do.

Then it had a rear end recall due to a grinding noise. They used the wrong diff fluid in C6's and XLR's. I made an appointment at a dealership and twice was told that they were too busy to do the repair when I brought the car in. GM told me sorry that's between the dealership and me. So I made an appointment at another dealership. The exact same thing happened. GM again said, sorry, your problem not theirs.

GM makes some great cars. They really need to understand that what makes people not care about price is the service after the sale. Every car has problems. Ask my brother about his Toyota Avalon and the 42 trips to the dealer in 36 months of ownership. GM needs to understand that the cost of keeping a customer happy is much less than the cost of finding new customers.

My Hyundai ****** went to the dealer for it's 15,000 mile service. An oil change and a cabin filter change and some basic checks. They found that one of the headlights wasn't quite as bright as the other and replaced BOTH bulbs. I'm not even sure that was one of their checks, they just said their policy is to use headlights inside the service area and a tech, not the one working on the car, but another tech noticed it. No charge. Total cost was $55 tax and all for an oil change and cabin filter. The filter is $30 plus tax at Autozone.

By the way, bulbs are free for 6 years or 60,000 miles.

If the Hyundai Genesis coupe just had a bit more power..........
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I've NEVER had any big issues with any of my Pontiacs. Except rust.

Every single one I've owned, the motor outlasted the body.
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