My wife and I just bought a 2008 Chevy HHR that sort of fell into our laps. A friend of mine was selling it because he could no longer use the clutch to shift the little black beauty. He called me to find the best way to sell it and when I went over to take pictures for the free classifieds…I knew I had to have it. The first thing I did was to check out all his maintenance documentation and to check the fluids. When I pulled the oil dipstick…I saw that it had a little rectangular piece of metal at the end. The metal had 4 grooves in it which held the oil and reading it was very simple. That impressed me more than the XM radio or the OnStar system. The little vehicle drove great and I went back and asked him what he wanted for the little car (SUV?). The price was very reasonable and he had a clear title in hand with only 70K on the clock. It’s a one owner vehicle with no mechanical problems or body damage so I bought it on the spot.
I believe that the oil dipstick on this HHR should be standard on every vehicle out there. It may be already as I do not check oil on very many vehicles any more. The other thing that impressed me was the 26 mpg reading on the onboard computer. I have no idea if it’s accurate or not but I will keep a close eye on it. The little vehicle is a kick to drive and looks great in my driveway. If it sounds like I’m gushing here a little…I probably am. I’m just glad my wife gave me the proper nod when I asked her about buying the little Chevy. Funny but the only thing that impressed her was the black paint color and the high end alloy wheels. I always ask her for her opinion on all large purchases even though I knew our bank account was going to be lower as soon as I saw it in my friend’s driveway. I may be kicking myself later in the month…but for now…I have a 2.2 powered 5 speed toy for hauling groceries and other essential items. I’m already thinking about adding SS badges but that’s only if I can find them at a reasonable price.