2008 Hummer H3 review |CarAdvice

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Hummer H3

2008 Hummer H3 review

Yes big, yes it#8217;s yellow, but it looks good!


Models tested: H3, H3 Luxury

Retail Price: $51,990-$59,990

Fitted: None

This is broken up into four

Hummer H3 Review (City)

The H3 is to a supercar in many ways, it just as many heads (if not car enthusiasts all have their own on it and more importantly, environmentalists hate it, which is a good to love the Hummer.

My first was spent in a yellow standard-trim H3 with the second week in a gunmetal grey Luxury Karl had his way in the H3 Luxury in Perth and his time off-road. Before I let me go over the treatment of the Hummer by Brisbanites.

There is no denying all 4WD/SUVs attract a certain of attention from those worried about saving the than personal hygiene. The though, takes this to an level.

From the few who see the Hummer as the used by the US army to invade states to those that every single minute a is allowed out, a fluffy dies in the north pole, the of some citizens is astounding.

around a different car every makes you realise just how some people are to certain but you get used to it#8230; or so I thought.

The I copped in the Aston Martin V8 and the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 pinky finger) to the #8220; you to think about a smaller car comment from an elderly when I was in the Volvo XC90, do not come close to colourful endured in the Hummer.

To cut a long short, the Hummer got egged. some idiots egged the but best of all, they had the to stuff a few save the planet in the spare tyre.

Now excuse me if I get a angry, but let#8217;s start some facts. The 3.7-litre H3 puts out 327g of CO2 per kilometre, an Mitsubishi Pajero puts out of C02/km. See my point?

It#8217;s not different to other similar SUVs.

But it#8217;s a Hummer. As a idiots found the need to the passenger side with at 6 eggs. Many motorists to realise that the car is essentially the of any other SUV.

Sure it looks big, but it isn#8217;t. It#8217;s actually to drive than the majority of sized vehicles.

Fortunately for … that thought abuse at me would cut CO2 emissions, was someone that gave me the up. So let#8217;s get back to the car itself.

I am not a fan of I actually agree that big need to be banned from Nonetheless I absolutely adore the This is a car built for one reason to look good.

You don#8217;t buy a because you want to go off-road or you want practicality and lots of Nor do you buy it because it has massive ground and the ability to overcome tough #8211; you get all that for free, you#8217;re really paying for is the badge and the looks. And it#8217;s worth it.

I never thought be saying this about an car, but starting from $51,990, the Hummer H3 is a bargain.

You can of go buy a base model Ford Holden Captiva or Toyota for around 40k, and many do, but not are all those cars incapable but they blend into the like Kevin Rudd at a Trek convention.

Investing in a is not like any other SUV, you to consider the repercussions. Are you willing to the 100 people that ask you questions week? Are you willing to give the thumbs up when they

What about the already-mentioned For me, the answer is simple #8211;

From the outside there is no this car is American, it truly capture everything we love our closest ally, its big, and some will argue beautiful. I won#8217;t go that

Let#8217;s be honest here, is not for everyone. This is a car made for who want to make a statement.

the Hummer is almost intoxicating. is nothing like the menacing of the beast. The number of people at the car (especially in yellow) far outnumbered any car driven before (excluding the

Hummer uses the slogan get lost#8221; for their advertising and whilst I think the H3 is a little than that, it does its attitude.

Behind the wheel you will a high driving position a massive flat bonnet looks superb in yellow). comfortable is not that hard, adjust the seat and steering (which really needs to be Remember, this car is made for so we should all be able to fit.

the key and the five-cylinder engine comes to With 180kW @ 5600rpm and @ 4600rpm, the Hummer seems on paper and with a kerb of 2178kg, it#8217;s not the quickest SUV on the

The clutch is essentially like a car and the whole gear changing is no different to your average If you know how to drive a manual, buy the #8211; avoid the auto.

The auto gearbox is nothing and certainly not worth the extra cost on the base model variants come standard auto). Gear changes are and seamless, but power is noticeably

You#8217;re not going to be doing city traffic driving in a well, you shouldn#8217;t be, so I#8217;ll say it buy the manual.

While the 180kW does a decent job, is an obvious desire for more and with rumours of V8 versions to Australia next year a possibility of a diesel as well) it may be wise to wait a little However if you#8217;re the type waits till Tuesday to up, the V8 isn#8217;t for you.

Hummer the H3 manual will use about for combined city/highway driving, the auto coming it at 14.5L/100km. I the figure slightly closer to for the manual, and about 16L/100km for the

Driving around town the is very well behaved, is made easy with a circle that betters of Ford#8217;s Territory.

As expected is noticeable body roll pushing hard into a but for general driving, you really notice it.

The main problem I with the H3 is visibility. Sure else on the road can spot a Hummer from 2km away, but can you them?

Shoulder checking is useless as the Hummer-style short do little to help. As for reverse by all means tick the parking-sensors box on luxury) on the options list. need it. The H3 recently received 0 from the NRMA for its rearward .

The interior is a surprise. I expected cheap American rubbish safety warnings telling you to …#8221;. You still get the safety but you also get a well finished and interior with a superb

The CD-player in the base model MP3s and standard CDs, but the variant#8217;s stereo failed to the same MP3 disc. For some reason, the six-disc CD-player that you get with the Luxury and models cannot play

The chrome centre console a little tacky at first, but it on you. As for the sunroof in the Luxury it is easily the largest sunroof ever encountered. It is just

You can almost call the H3 a convertible it open.

As for the steering wheel, it to leather when you hit the Luxury but it could do with a little bling.

Safety is taken of by dual front airbags passenger sensing system and bags, as well as StabiliTrak® stability control system, control, ABS and dynamic rear brakes, all of which come on all H3 variants.

Picking between the and the base model can be hard for but the Luxury has been the best-seller so The standard H3 doesn#8217;t get the leather sunroof, chrome mirrors but it#8217;s still my pick, because I would buy the manual.

inside the H3 is a pleasant experience, you feel the bumps and there is noise inside the cabin. As for the think Pimp my Ride and you be disappointed.

The H3 is not without its problems Apart from visibility it has one large problem, it can#8217;t With a towing capacity of it is the equivalent of a Holden Astra and is beaten by the likes of a standard VE Commodore that can manage

It#8217;s also hard to get if you#8217;re vertically challenged.

Can you live with it everyday? Sure you can, it#8217;s not fun in but it#8217;s manageable. Want my Don#8217;t buy the H3 to replace your vehicle, it#8217;s not the sort of car you to leave in a shopping centre car #8211; trust me.

But if you want to be there is no other car this of $60,000 that will do it a Hummer H3. What you really to do is have about $5000 set for a set of 22-inch rims and the darkest tint, because really, what a Hummer is all about Karl disagrees .

The H3 is available in three variants – the H3, H3 and H3 Adventure.

Hummer H3

H3: $51,990 (manual) (automatic)

Features: Cruise electro-chromatic rearview mirror eight point compass, windows, fog lights and halogen five 16 x 7.5 inch alloy remote entry with alarm, single in-dash CD, seats and 60/40 split seats.

H3 Luxury: $59,990

Features: All features from model plus automatic as standard, leather seat electric heated front with eight way power leather wrapped steering exterior chrome package door handles, roof bars and mirror caps, in-dash CD Monsoon sound and glass sunroof.

H3 Adventure: (manual) $59,990 (automatic)

Manual transmission as standard automatic), the same level of as the Luxury model (excluding adding a fully locking rear differential and heavy two-speed transfer case a super low range ratio of

Hummer H3 Review (Off-road)

Old men Girls point and giggle. men stare. Babies cry.

we#8217;re driving a Hummer. But the beauty of this box on wheels, is not the overstated looks. Nor is it the glances and that comes from

It#8217;s what this can actually do when asked.

In with several … the H3 was seen as a pretender. All flash, no Which meant a challenge was on the It called for an off-road excursion, seasoned contenders. Would the independent front suspension or hinder?

Is the body up to the task? ground clearance be a problem? All be answered during a day spent on Powerline Track.

Starting at Weir Road, and heading off the Darling Ranges until the Powerline Track is a mix of sand, rocks and mud. Straight, sections can be tacked by softroaders, but the and descents are another story all

Each segment of climb is into an easy-way-out (commonly as a #8220;chicken track#8221;) and one or two difficult Making the task all the more is the marble gravel #8211; in these parts #8211; litters the path, effectively your grip to levels to sneakers on ice. You either to have a lot of skill, or have a good stability control

I#8217;m hoping, then, the stability control won#8217;t let me

Our fleet of heavily modified included a Holden Jackaroo, a Rodeo, a Toyota Hilux, a Landcruiser SWB, a Mitsubishi 4#215;4, and a bog stock, straight off the floor, Hummer H3 Luxury. that#8217;s right, the Luxury.

The job was for the air-conditioning to be up to scratch. It was. The was for a 39-degree day, with the easily reaching 5 degrees that. Put simply, it was going to be a

Thankfully, the massive sunroof#8217;s took the bite out of the sun, the aircon#8217;s competence in maintaining an climate inside the car.

On the heading out to the hills, the Hummer like any dedicated off-roader excesses of tyre roar, roll, stiffly sprung and dive under hard Thing is, it#8217;s not a very car for around the city.

But all that into the background as we reached Valley Tavern. The group adjusting tyre pressures to chance of rocks piercing Once set, we took following scrub tracks and old trails, until the bush and the powerlines appeared.

Initially the seems fairly easy. sections are dry and coarse, with edges, and we’re careful to our speed, not wanting to use up the tailgate spare. As it turns out, it was to begin where we did, as it familiarity with the H3’s

The large perforated leather wheel is only adjustable for (unforgivable in a $60,000 car) but the position suffers little. feedback is fairly good, accurate placement of the wheels. quite direct too, an outstanding turning circle for a (11.3m).

On changing surfaces, the responds in kind, giving you the to push on further, and explore abilities.

Our navigator radioed fairly steep hills and the group rubbed their with glee. Apprehensive, in a car didn’t belong to me, with blue paint that have easily been off by boulders in close proximity, I for the chicken track on the first few

But as we approached steeper areas, and that the Jackaroo (which exactly have the ride of a monster truck) was getting the consensus was the Hummer would do it And so it proved. Having wheels at corner of the car, the H3’s ability is nothing short of with excellent entry and angles available.

You would in hinder the H3’s capability if you a bulbar, or towball.

The ride is transformed when hitting the track. All of a sudden the front become comfortable, although seat passengers still appreciate the squab being as as it is. The booming stereo is also especially when rollin’ wid da and crankin’ out Fiddy.

But the biggest (and help) was the H3’s stability control system. in a way that is uncanny, it negated the for locking diffs and/or

When climbing, if you feel the car to slip, you need to have Simply backing off causes problems than pressing on. So, the foot buried, and let the electronics do work.

One slice of slippery was awash with gravel, but severely, so at certain points, you see what was ahead of you. built, we just kept our on, light blinking on the dash, coming from the wheels, and as one lost grip, it was stopped. wheel took over, and swapped backward and forwards, to side, as torque was fed to whichever had the most hold.

2200kg of walked up the hill, climbing boulders, re-evaluating, in split time, the surface.

The crew on in awe, as wheels hung in the yet didn’t spin. All you have to do is your path, and let the car do its thing. You betcha.

Couple that plenty of ground clearance could be lifted further easy modifications) and the H3 is a true machine.

At the end of our trip, the Hummer H3 had higher, farther and easier anyone else present. one sole reason why I am enamoured by the H3: It me look like I had some

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