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HUMMER H3, SUV
Jul 25, 2010 (8:19 pm)
I really need an educated opinon about the H3. I have been looking for a new a car for awhile now. Thought I was going to be getting the Acura MDX but decided that it was insane to spend 30k or anything close to that for a used vehicle. I've only owned Honda so when it come GM im clueless. I get a lot of neg. feedback about GM vehicles but my friend leased an 07' Hummer and now that the lease is up just bought a brand new one. I really liked hers and with 50k on it shes had no mechanical issues which, from what I hear about other GM vehicles, is pretty impressive. If I would get a hummer (due to my growing family) I would probley get an 07' or 08' bc of my budget. As far as safety, reliability, and space (for 2 children) goes, would an H3 be a good and safe decision for my family and check book? Again, I've only owned Honda and LOOVEE them for their reliability but I'm not impressed with the look of the 07-08 models, shallow...i know! but it bothers me enough to explore all the options out there. Whatever vehicle I buy we will be keeping it about 5 years, maybe more, so I don't want something that I'm going to have to keep dumping $ into. I also have concerns since GM has stopped production of the H3's...does this mean they will be a pain to fix or deal with down the road? PLEASE help!
#1254 of 1272 Re: h3 for me? [which2choose]
Jul 26, 2010 (2:37 pm)
We have a 06 H3 Adventure/Lux model. We simply love it and have a ball with it. We like it because it is a very comfortable and capable off-road vehicle. A few thing that you should know. The mileage is around 17 to 20 mpg depending on your driving habits. We had a few maintenance issues early on but all were covered by waranty. As far a getting things fixed, we take ours to our local Cadillac/Hummer dealer and have been completely satisfied with GM service. The H3 is very comfortable and easy to drive and if you have winter weather, it is a great vehicle because of the 4 wheel drive and anti-skid capability. We tow ours behind our motorhome which works great. We have used it for Saturday nights our as well as off-road all over the USA and it has always gotten us home. We will probably keep it until the fenders rust off and our Hummer dealer can no longer pass it up. If you do get a H3 be sure to rotate the tires regularly because they tend to wear the outside edges. We absolutely love ours and there is plenty of room for 2 adults and 2 kids as well as other stuff that you want to take along with you.
#1255 of 1272 Re: h3 for me? [jimlee1]
Jul 27, 2010 (7:12 am)
Thanks for your input! I was just wondering if it would be a comfy fit for 2 kids or not? My sons car seat is pretty big, that seems to be the way they're making them now so when our 2nd comes along Im sure his or her car seat is going to be just as big. So all things considered do you think it would comfortably seat both of them? Also, do u know if hummers have child anchors in the back seat? They're little bars in the seat usually beside the seat belt buckles. Thanks agian for your response!
#1256 of 1272 Re: h3 for me? [which2choose]
Jul 28, 2010 (8:32 am)
Also, do u know if hummers have child anchors in the back seat?
The H3s all have LATCH child seat anchors if that's what you were asking.
If you go to HUMMER.com you can download the brochures and spec sheets for all the different models.
#1257 of 1272 Re: h3 for me? [mac24]
Jul 29, 2010 (5:29 am)
Thank you! I will be checking that out!
#1258 of 1272 Re: h3 for me? [which2choose]
Jul 29, 2010 (8:35 am)
"new car" to you, looking at 07-08, Acura MDX, I've only owned Honda...
...friend...hers implies female with unknown mechanical ability
Onstar is good for better_half in her H3. Ford Sync, etc push a button get assistance
Then you are used to noisy to ride in Honda's. Haven't tested one in many years. Know that Ody, Pilot, Ridgeline seem to be built on same chassis. Saw "4wd" Pilots handle the blizzard this Christmas Eve. Will we keep our H3 - probably. It feels like a Caddy (after Bilsteins and Toyo AT's) compared to our Rubicon (waiting to see what new tires and shocks will do).
Repeated many times it is your money spend it as you wish. A bad vehicle that you are emotionally attached to will be forgiven numerous times even after being stranded. A great problem free vehicle without that something that emotional attachment will be traded in then missed.
#1259 of 1272 What happened to all the H3Ts?
Aug 14, 2010 (4:28 pm)
We have an '06 H3 that we love but want to trade up to an H3T because of cargo utility and the V8. Its like they all fell off the Earth. There are none at the ex-dealers, none listed on used car search engines (within 200 miles of LA)!. Did they not make any in the final year?
#1260 of 1272 Re: What happened to all the H3Ts? [dwpc]
Aug 14, 2010 (5:50 pm)
I believe that GM shut down production of the H3 and H3T last January. Only about 5500 of the '09s were sold so they would be pretty scarce too.
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#1261 of 1272 Re: What happened to all the H3Ts? [tidester]
Aug 16, 2010 (3:57 pm)
Only about 5500 of the '09s were sold so they would be pretty scarce too.
There's just one on eBay at the moment; black on black with 15K it has a BIN of $28.9K.
#1262 of 1272 Re: h3 for me? [which2choose]
Aug 27, 2010 (1:28 pm)
glad to see ur interest in the H3s....its like their slogan said....like nothing else.
We bought our mellow yellow in late 2005 when they first came out...so its been almost 5 years...other than routine maintenance its been great. I initially got it because at the time it was the only mid size suv that had the side curtain airbags and having 2 small children it was vital. My little one at the time had a car seat so there was plenty of space for it...as a whole it has excellent leg room even for taller adults.
The cargo room is great inthe back for long trips (which we have pretty much have taken all along the east coast up to Toronto down to Florida. Another main reason we got the truck is that it was the vehicle for my wife to have during the day with the children so size and safety is a major factor also living in upstate NY we see alot of snow in the winters. So it had to be a vehicle that could perform...and boy has it, my wife has had to pick me up a few times that ive been stranded during storms...man i have to say its an incredible feeling when youre going right through feet of snow while everyone else is stuck or sliding all over the place even other suvs. Of course at the end of the day tires make a huge difference but the 4x4 capabilites of this truck are pretty impressive. Its not a sports cars so merging into traffic isnt effortless but i'll tell you it handles great especially in turns and uturns and rides almost as smooth as a sedan on long trips. Gas mileage to Florida was no lie 18.3mpg and that was with 2 adults 2 children and a bunch of luggage! I put in a K & N air filter - dont knowif iit actually helped but it claims to improve mileage...im looking to put inthe whole air intake next so perhaps that will help even more.
Honestly it could have used some more cup holders, slight reclining seats in the rear and maybe some rear seat warmers and lighted mirrors to make it perfect but no complaints otherwise. It sits nice and high and gives you a safer feel overall, of course you will get your rare fanatical tree hugger make a comment but overall i have gotten nothing but inquiries and compliments since i got it...forget about dirving by little kids...its like a giant toy to them so they all love it! lol I agree with another poser...we will drive it until the doors fall off because compared to other family vehicles...ive had a mini van, a ford taurus wagon...the gas mileage is comparable even better than the min van. At the end of the day aesthetically if you like it go for it...there is nothing as cool looking really to me personally...it will be like any other vehicle...you have to be lucky you can buy a newvehicle that is a lemon (which if uner warantee will be taken care of) or a new one that is almost service free...as long as you take care of it routinely - oil changes tire rotations filters etc, take it to the dealer when seomthign seems off...it will take care of you. good luck on your decision.