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2008 HUMMER H3

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2008 HUMMER H3 Review

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If you're attracted to the Hummer look and capabilities, but don't want the stigma or expense of thirsty fuel consumption, the 2008 Hummer H3 might be your candidate. It's an H2 look-alike built from the same sensible foundation that's shared with the Chevrolet Colorado pickup. The H3 is reasonably sized, rather roomy inside and quite good off-road. The addition of a more powerful V8 in the new H3 Alpha should effectively silence critics of the original five-cylinder model, although fuel economy does suffer at the hands of added horsepower and torque.

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Without losing appreciable off-road capability, the H3 produces a far more civilized experience than bigger Hummers, especially when compared to the original H1. If you seldom venture off-road (which is true of almost all SUV owners), the gentlemanly ride and tamer responses are sure to satisfy rather than annoy highway riders.

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Fervent off-roaders, who savor the brutishness of the traditional Hummer, could be put off by the H3's more refined nature. But if smoothness is a top selling point, note that, on five-cylinder models, automatic-transmission operation can turn rough when trying to accelerate at low speeds and lethargic when passing or merging.

What's Significant About This Car?

A new model, the H3 Alpha, joins the Hummer line and features a 300-horsepower V8 engine. Head-curtain side airbags become standard on all models, as does StabiliTrak stability control and traction control.

Driving the H3

Driving Impressions With a suspension that's surprisingly springy and reacts quickly to bumps, the H3 delivers an impressively easygoing ride. Cruising with the optional XM radio playing, you can even forget you're...

inside a Hummer. This Hummer also handles more adeptly than its bigger brothers. Still, pavement irregularities will not go unnoticed. Acceleration with the automatic isn't bad from a standstill, and the 3.7-liter engine provides a marked improvement in passing power over the previous 3.5-liter version. Unfortunately, low-speed downshifts can produce a harsh jolt, and passing and merging can seem to yield more noise than action. Quiet on the highway, the H3 emits only a little driveline drone at low speeds.

External Spare Tire
Not only does the gate-mounted spare look rugged, it releases substantial space behind the rear seat for additional cargo. The gate swings out easily, too, revealing a sizable luggage area.

Dead-Square, Upright Profile
An H3 might be smaller and gentler, but it still doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is: A capable, traditional Sport Utility Vehicle that looks the part of a serious off-road machine.

2008 HUMMER H3 Details
Interior

Five passengers enjoy reasonably abundant space, though getting there requires a substantial upward climb. Side steps may help less-agile riders with that chore. Optional leather upholstery adds a dash of richness to the Hummer experience. Bright-accented instruments are small but easy enough to read. Side bolstering and support are modest, but the front seats are comfortable. Despite a slight knees-up position and so-so headroom, outboard rear-seat occupants should be satisfied. The rear center spot is simply awful, though—high, hard and with minimal headroom. Visibility isn't as impaired as the squat windows might suggest, and is helped by no-nonsense rectangular mirrors.

Exterior

Dimensions are more moderate than its brothers in arms, but the H3 exhibits the unabashedly boxy profile that Hummer fans praise and critics love to denounce. Built on a 111.9-inch wheelbase, with a wide track and short overhangs, the H3 rolls on huge tires and looks taller than its actual height. Like its larger mates, the H3 promises impressive rock-climbing prowess, with the ability to clamber into and out of deep holes. Round headlamps set within square openings flank the H3's "signature" seven-slot louvered grille. Towing capacity is 4,500 pounds (6,000 with the V8) and ground clearance is 9.1 inches. A full-size spare is rear-mounted on the swing-out tailgate.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

GM's OnStar communications system is standard, along with cruise control, remote keyless entry, head-curtain side airbags, StabiliTrak stability control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) with traction control, OnStar Safety and Security package, a heavy-duty trailering/suspension package, 16-inch wheels, and cloth upholstery. Either 32-inch Goodyear all-terrain tires or Bridgestone 33-inch off-road rubber may be installed.

Optional Equipment

Popular H3 options include the Off-Road Suspension Package, which features a fully-locking rear differential, off-road suspension and LT285/75R16 on/off-road tires. Stand-alone options include XM Satellite Radio, power sunroof, Monsoon stereo, chrome wheels and leather upholstery. Heated leather seats and DVD navigation are also optionally available, as is the Rear Vision system and OnStar. Dealers can install a wrap-around brush guard and side steps in a choice of three styles.

Under the Hood

The 3.7-liter in-line five-cylinder engine provides good and low-end torque, and should be well-suited to the needs of most H3 owners, providing a 4,500-pound towing ability, strong acceleration and power to pass, along with respectable fuel consumption. With the five-speed manual the H3 can be quite spirited. Of course, those not worried about fuel costs will want the added horsepower and towing provided by the 5.3-liter V8.

3.7-liter in-line 5
242 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
242 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/18 (manual), 14/18 (automatic)

5.3-liter V8
300 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
320 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/16

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2008 HUMMER H3 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 450 Ratings for the 2006 - 2010 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Love it as much now as I did when I bought it!

By on Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,100

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Good gas mileage for the size and I feel safe"

Cons: "Expensive repairs, just like most 4 wheel vehicles"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've only had 1 major repair on the transmission, the transfer case failed, but all in all - I love it and intend to keep it for a long time!"

Love my Hummer!

By on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive.Great looking! Awesome in FL storms."

Cons: "Can't think of any cons-it is what it is, a truck."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love my H3! This from a person who has driven sports cars exclusively until I bought the H3. Took a short time to make the transition from a 2-searer to the Hummer, But I love it! Initially thought it would be too big and unmanageable for errands, etc. Not at all. In fact, if I could purchase a NEW Hummer, I would. Gas mileage is not bad-much better than most other SUV's. Plus, it takes regular gas! It is a fabulous vehicle for trips- Comfortable, plenty of room, great on the highway. I have never kept a vehicle this long or with as many miles, but just do not want to part with the H3. The H3 gets routine maintenance, oil changes, new battery, etc. and have had no reliability issues. I keep it washed & waxed and it is as shiny as the day we bought it!"

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

I love my h3 Hummer

By on Thursday, July 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 119,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"It's to bad they stopped making the Hummers.I drive a lot alone and I feel safe.my gas mileage is about 19mpg you can't beat that.It turns on a dime it's easy to park.I really had no major problems.I'll never sell this truck I think I'll put it in storage"

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great Truck. Low maintenance. Runs very well.

By on Monday, July 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "OWESOME VEHICLE!!!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I had this car since 2010. Besides regular maintenance i.e. oil change;, I replaced tires and radiator within the last 12 months. A/C compressor cable replaced. Nothing more. Total cost was less than 2500.00. No engine problem whatsoever. NO LEAKS!!!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great truck. It is a nice running beautiful truck

By on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"AM/FM 6 disc in dash CD changer, 7 speaker monsoon system. Heated seats, lumbar support. Tan leather seats. Black color. Outside mirror power adjustable/manual folding mirrors. Runs great. never been off road. Chrome package."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

So happy with the H3

By on Thursday, July 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun, Stylish, Capable, Like nothing else."

Cons: "Could be more fuel efficient if it had 2 wheel dr."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I own a 2008 H3. I have owned sports cars all my life and was looking for something with some room and off road capability. I was going to purchase a Jeep, but after finding the H3 did everything just as well if not better, I gave it a try. The H2 was far too large, and the style of the H3 seemed to complement the natural HUMMER look well. It's easy to fit in a parking space and drives like a car in town. Its fairly fuel efficient. The real glory is off the pavement though. I've taken many trips off road with the H3, traveling over fallen trees, through water, dense brush, and other obstacles that I wouldnt even attempt in other vehicles. The all time 4x4 keeps you in control. It balances its weight well. The H3 looks great, features luxury interior, and plenty of space for 4 adults to use on a weekend adventure. It sits high enough off the ground that I dont need to jack it up to change the fluids. Really pleased with the H3. I always wanted a Hummer, and now that they don't make them anymore I'm pleased to know I have one in the garage (yes it fits in a garage just fine)."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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