Drive – Hummer H3 Used Car Review

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Hummer H3

David Morley.


It is quite good off-road. that.

Will probably a fair hiding without complaint


Don’t an image problem? You do now.

plastics are chessy

Thirsty and

Pathetic towing limit in version

Daft tailgate

No diesel engine option

oh where, do we begin with the H3 as a second-hand buy? Perhaps the place is with a little lesson.

During the first War, the Hummer was the good (stay with me) vehicle of

And with the siege mentality at the affecting everything Detroit it wasn’t too long before was a civilian version sold in US

By 1999, General Motors had the Hummer name and by 2002 had the H2 version on sale to the urban out there.

Australia saw the inevitable arrival of the in 2007. But it wasn’t the full model at all. The H3 we had was actually lower and shorter than a LandCruiser Prado of the time. It weighed about 2.2 tonnes, meaning it was slow and thirsty at almost two metres wide, was difficult to park for many

And that’s before we debate the side windows that give the thing its visual, er,

Built in South Africa, the H3 was powered not by a huge turbo V8 but by a rather less-impressive 3.7-litre petrol engine.

The base was a five-speed manual, while a automatic was a $2000 option on top of the being asked for the base

In off-road terms, however, it up pretty well. There was an controlled transfer case high and low ranges and, on the model (priced from when new), there was a locking rear differential and a first-gear ratio.

With 180kW of power and all weight, the Hummer H3 was hardly a nimble machine. But it could itself quite well

The big problems for most buyers the lack of a turbo diesel and a distinct lack of towing (a task for which many are specifically purchased).

In fact, a towing limit of just than 1300 kilograms in the version, many soft-roaders legally capable of hauling loads. The automatic Hummer lug just more than two but with its limited performance, it have been a major

Hummer initially had big plans for the H3, a turbo diesel and V8 petrol but neither eventuated as the H3 launched a fuel crisis and, marketplace oblivion.

When the vehicle was announced, the was holding orders from buyers stretching into the year, so there was initial

But interest died away with the rising fuel and as all things as un-green as the H3 became on the nose.

Some of the things made it so good off-road its wide tracks and relatively low of gravity. Mind you, that didn’t help on where any lairy cornering likely end in tears.

The other to consider is whether a H3 will fit down a bush track you have in mind. With track than conventional you may find the Hummer doesn’t to walk in the wheel ruts of that have gone it and that can cause problems in conditions.

Being an American the H3 also imposed its share of quirks.

The umbrella-handle park-brake was in a bad spot, was no left footrest and the thick hinder visibility to the rear. If a vehicle needed a reversing this was it.

Then there was the which was hinged at the side, the full-size spare and was heavy to open or shut. You also a fair bit of real estate to it right open and that always available in underground car

Hummer H3

Fit and finish were issues, and the interior plastics were American rubbish and the instruments clumsy and oafish. There’s one for the H3, which involves the decorative fake) bonnet louvre.

the clips that secure the can break, allowing it to rattle the bonnet. Break enough and the panel could fly off the car at speed.

On cars with complex a check engine can illuminate for any of reasons. But in a H3, the first thing to is that the fuel cap is sealing

A faulty cap can actually make the think there’s something and light up the dash warning as a

Sluggish performance, meanwhile (as in sluggish than standard), mean dirty fuel which really need to be cleaned.

Simply dumping a of proprietary injector cleaner the tank at the next fill-up won’t do the trick.

And with Hummers actually having off-road and using isolated stations, getting a batch of fuel can sometimes be a possibility.

If you porous aluminium castings be a thing of the past, we’ve of some Hummers with wheel rims. Tyres constantly go flat for no apparent are likely victims of these dud which need to be replaced.

noises from the engine bay been tracked down to a power-steering pulley. Sounds enough to fix but it needs to be done underneath, with a fair bit of (like the fan shroud and skid removed for access.

We’d also take a hard look underneath any like the Hummer for signs it’s been bashed mountains and through rivers.

of its obvious abilities in this when there are examples have never gone why buy one that has been used and possibly abused #8212; in conditions?


#9632;Sluggish is actually part of the deal but if chronic, you might need fuel-injectors serviced.

#9632;Standard didn’t like wet bitumen.

string of flat tyres no signs of damage points to wheel rims.

#9632;Some have been brutalised in the Check the underside carefully.

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