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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.
Favorite Features

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
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 438 Ratings for the 2006 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

This thing is a monster

By on Thursday, March 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Amazing ride"

Cons: "Expenive repairs"

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

"This is my fav. car i ever owned. Very reliable and very good control in the snow. I almost wished i had an H2 tho."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Awesome

By on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Better than a Jeep by far"

Cons: "Not many storage places to put small items."

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

"The first time I drove this truck I was sold and after owning it for 6 months now I know this truck will be in the family forever. Since it was built by GM parts are easy to get and at a reasonable price too. Some repairs were necessary after the purchase, but nothing serious. I absolutely love the driving dynamics on road. Off road, or bad weather this thing will drive through snow, mud, WHATEVER! Plus I love the looks I get in it. Leather is good quality and the Monsoon stereo is pretty good for stock. The Adventure package with the over sized tires and rear locker is what really makes this a sweet truck. I highly suggest getting your H3 with the adventure package."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

HUMMER COMMANDS THE ROAD!

By on Tuesday, March 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great driving and all round vehicle."

Cons: "It's not really a family vehicle for little kids."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

2008 H3 HUMMER

"We purchased our H3 new. We have loved it! It is a one of a kind vehicle. You feel safe in it. I drives so good and I love the turning radius of the H3. If I did not have health issues-we would not sell our HUMMER. Any vehicle is only as good and the care you give it."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

2008 H3 HUMMER

Dissatisfied with vehicle

By on Saturday, March 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 126,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "4 wheel drive in snow, road handeling, gas mileage"

Cons: "no leg room, discomfort on trips, interior design,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I love the car as far as reliablity, road handeling, driving in snow, fuel economy but as far as comfort, narrow between seats and door panels hard to get hand in there with door closed to adjust seat etc., no 12 volt plug in rear for electronics for kids to use, cheap interior design for a expensive price tag,the 4 door jeep has more room inside and a lot less price tag and will do just as good or better on road handeling that is going to be my next vehicle for sure. Just overall dissatisfied with Hummer great looking car but no interior room for a family with kids and a discomfort for taking longer trips"

Love my H3t

By on Saturday, December 07, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,000

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, solid, unique"

Cons: "Not compatible with rear facing infant seat"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Best vehicle I've owned since my 1976 Gran Torino. Solid, handles like a dream. Goes anywhere. Parking is easy. Only problem is room for a rear facing car seat for the grand baby is tight when the driver seat is positioned for a taller person."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Excellent snow machine;shifts a lot going uphill

By on Sunday, December 01, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,656

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "dependable snow machine;easy to park"

Cons: "shifts too much on uphill highway"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Over all, just a great vehicle. the best for downhill on a snowy/icy driveway w/a sharp S curve. In 4Low & 1st gear. I don't use brake or accelerator. Excellent tight turning radius. Have had almost zero maintenance expense.But, even the V-8 shifts a lot, & somewhat noisily, on an uphill highway w/variable speeds due to traffic."

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