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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 New for 2008

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 467 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

This vehicle is great for towing & in snow!!

By on Sunday, March 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"The H3 has been a great vehicle for the 6 years I have owned it. It drives very smoothly and handles well. H3 is versatile and has great towing capacity. The only negative comment I have is that if your tall, the cropped windows make it difficult at times to see traffic lights while stopped at traffic lights. One thing is for sure, your not going to get stuck anywhere. This thing will climb a wall if you wanted it to."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Love my H3!

By on Monday, December 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive,great for road trips,lots of comments"

Cons: "No real cons. Really-I love it!"

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

"If GMC still made Hummers, I would buy one. My H3 has been a reliable vehicle, though I have never taken it off-roading. It is much easier to drive than I initially thought it might be. It is a great vehicle for road trips and a good vehicle as a "grocery getter," "Home Depot car," & a "soccer mom" type vehicle.I purchased mine new in '06 and have had a lot of fun with it. It is distinctive compared to other SUV's though maybe not as refined, which is fine with me. Love the sunroof, and the paint job has stood the test of time, still looks new."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

A lot of beautiful car, fun and comfortable, excel

By on Friday, November 13, 2015

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
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

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

Fun car

"Beautiful, black with a lot of extra chrome, leather interior. Satellite radio, extremely comfortable, great condition"

9 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Fun car

Best four wheel/AWD I have owned

By on Saturday, September 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Awesome driving in the snow. Very comfortable."

Cons: "Viewing out rear window is limited."

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

"Plain and simple, this is a tank in the winter. This was my main reason for purchasing it. I drive over 40 miles one way to work and in the time I have owned it, have never had a problem making it through what Mother Nature throws down. Gas mileage (14mpg) is only slightly worse than the Ram (17mpg) I owned before the H3. If they started making them again, I wouldn't hesitate to buy a brand new one."

8 people out of 16 found this review helpful

LOVE my H3 even more than my Mercedes!

By on Sunday, September 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great turning radius! WAY better mpg than H1 or H2"

Cons: "Perceived "gas guzzler" stigma."

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

"This vehicle has been GREAT! OMG... can we talk about the turning radius?! The H3 can turn on a dime. It's more maneuverable than any other vehicle I've ever driven. It's a little wider than my Mercedes wagon, but I can park it in just about any parking space. The nearly 10" of vertical clearance makes any off-road adventure a breeze. This car LOVES the snow! It's been a VERY reliable car. I only have a couple complaints: 1) visibility out the rear. I'd suggest investing in a back-up camera. 2) Rear seats don't lay flat when folded down. This makes rear storage slightly restricted. 3) The stigma. I wish that people would do their homework before judging! My 5 cyl H3 gets better mileage than nearly ANY of the SUV's in the school parking lot. I added a K&N filter and I get approximately 21mpg highway and 17mpg city."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Love this truck

By on Friday, August 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 137,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very useful and yet still comfortable!"

Cons: "Tires can be a bit pricey"

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

"This is a GREAT vehicle!!! It can go just about anywhere and in any condition, yet it is still comfortable with a lot of little extras to the interior to add to the luxury. I have no idea why they stopped making these!!! I have every intention to hold on to this truck as long as possible."

13 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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