• Jul 25, 2007
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2008 Chevy HHR Owner's ManualA member of ChevyHHR.net dropped us a line to let us know that his local Chevy dealer had gotten some 2008 Chevy HHRs yesterday. One of his first orders of business was to grab the new owners manual and start flipping through the pages. His perusal bore fruit, as on page 2-47, he found the following passage in the "Cupholder(s)" section (shown at right):

"If your vehicle is an SS model, the automatic transmission vehicles have a cupholder in front of the shifter."


This serves as the first official-ish confirmation (Chevy has not yet made any formal announcements related to the HHR SS) that the 2008 HHR SS will be offered with an automatic in addition to the 5-speed manual that's referenced in the brochure that was leaked earlier in the month. The next question, of course, is which automatic will be offered?

Thanks, Ryan!

[Source: ChevyHHR.net (registration req'd)]


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      BobA
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think I would prefer an auto on the SS because it will be more consitant than a stick. An auto would get better gas mileage for most drivers.
      BobA
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think the 4 speed will be fine. A 6 speed manual would be nice, but isn't necessary. Those who have issues with the auto, just get the manual. This car isn't a Corvette, it's just something cool for a person to drive around town. The 4 speed will be fine because if fuel economy was an issue, the buyer wouldn't be getting the SS model. I think the cars looks are what will sell it, not the power. There are much faster cars around for the price, but not as cool looking or versatile as the HHR.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Fast, just as versatile and perhaps cooler looking (if you want retro styling): 2007 PT Cruiser GT.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's odd that the floor console would differ between the SS and non-SS slushboxes. I'd have to say that the tranny in the SS would be bespoke for the SS, and have a differnt gate pattern. The regular slushbox doesn't have any form of tap-shifting, maybe the SS's gate will have lateral gates for up and down shifting?
        • 7 Years Ago
        The window switches are even going to be different between the SS and the LS / LT models. On the LS / LT's, the window switches are on the console behind the shifter. On the SS, the window switches are going to be on the door. This fixes two widely recognized issues with the HHR; window switch and cupholder access.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe GM will make a higher torque version of the 6t40 (new Malibu)
      The 6t70/75 are probably not going to fit.
      The G6 has an optional 6 speed stick. (dual countershaft, so it isn't that wide)
      • 7 Years Ago
      No! The real "next question" is why would anyone buy an automatic?! I understand some of you are too lazy to shift, or can't because of a medical reason. I get that, the .1% of you out there. No wonder manufacturers think buyers don't want manuals. Certain vehicles, particularly sporty ones, shouldn't be offered with manuals. Sorry. Ever see a manual miata, or a wrangler for that matter? What is the point???
        • 7 Years Ago
        Since when is this a sporty vehicle. There's too much body roll in a wagon. Automatic will feel right at home
        While I certainly applaud high performance versions of vehicles this Example right here cheapens the SS badge. I prefer the Cobalt SS to this one.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Just a quick FYI... but autos are becoming increasing popular in the Wrangler, and in the offroad market in general.

        If you ever watch competition rockcrawling or rockracing, nearly all those vehicles are running some type of automatic transmission.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Why not? Because Americans are too darn lazy. Since I live in a college town, plenty of kids drive manual... but overall, the fact I drive manual makes me quite an exception.

        People don't care about their cars - to them, its just a disposable appliance to get them from point A to point B. It's only people like us who truly appreciate cars and like to drive, not just ride...
        • 7 Years Ago
        IF the 2008's are the same as when I bought my 2006 HHR, you will need to order the auto trans IF you want factory Auto-Start. Yeah, a manual is a bit quicker, but I sure do like having a cool HHR when I get off of work...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Unlike some of their other SS applications over the years, im glad a manual tranny will be offered, but, i still think another SS model is not whats needed. I agree with a comment earlier that yet another SS badge just cheapens the integrity of the original SS badge
      • 7 Years Ago
      My rental car is an automatic HHR It's probably a 2007 though. I'll have to look tomorrow. I just ordered a wranger with an automatic. If i was just driving around town, I would have opted for the manual, but I am buying this vehicle specifically to drive on difficult 4WD trails so automatic it is. In Europe, the manual rental cars are always fun to drive--not to mention impressing my European coworkers by being an American who knows how to drive a stick!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd put my money on a 4-speed auto.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Bet on the 5-speed Automatic as seen in the Solstice GXP and Sky Redline
      • 7 Years Ago
      Look at me, my editing is worse than autoblog! Certain sporty vehicles shouldn't be offered with autos! There, before you animals jump down my throat.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Umm, if it's still offered with a manual then why do you care if it's also offered with an automatic?

        Can't blame them for offering an option that will only increase the vehicle's sales.
      • 7 Years Ago
      there are always mistakes in these manuals because of the long lead time getting them printed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sky Redline and Solstice GXP both have a 5 speed automatic. It is the same powertrain. It will be interesting to see if they add some paddle shifters to the HHR SS, you know the Saturn and Pontiac will get that for 2008 if this gets it first.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Good point, now you got me thinking. This would need a transaxle instead of a transmission because of the FWD application. That is a shame as now I agree that it will be a 4 speed auto as GM does not have a small enough 5 or 6 speed transaxle at this time. Hopefully they do share the SAAB unit as anything less will get slammed as being yester-tech even by me. Having any automatic is better than none though. Just go with the manual tranny folks! I also hope they do the Panel in SS trim as well.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Its not quite the same powertrain: the Sky/Solstice are rear-drive. The transmission would be fairly different in a front-driver like the HHR.

        I don't think GM has a five-speed front-drive transaxle outside of Saab, though they do have the six-speed in the Lambda CUVs and the Aura. Whether that 6AT will physically fit (or be cost-effective) is another question. I'm betting on the same-old 4AT as the Cobalt, mostly for cost reasons.
        • 7 Years Ago
        True, but would that fit this platform? The 5 speed auto is an Aisin unit shipped in from Japan and the engine is a basic pushrod 3.5L assembled and shipped in from China. I guess Chevy could call on Aisin for a similar unit, but I don't think it would be the same one from the Equinox/Torrent. It would be smart for them to do so as this would also work in the next Cobalt SS with the same FWD/Turbo application.
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