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Hummer H3

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by dl20, May 11, 2008.

  1. dl20

    dl20 Senior member

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    So i'm a little up in the air in regards to my next car purchase. I currently have an 07 Z4 BMW convertible and a 99 jeep cherokee sport that was gifted to me some years ago that I use for bad weather in liu of the BMW. I'm getting married in a year and recently purchased a small starter home in Philly that has only one garage. My fiancee recently purchased an 08 Altima and I obviously want to let her park in the garage and not have to find street parking late at night. The BMW is expensive and it would be a shame to park a pristine soft top car outside so I'm trading it in for something new.

    I was intrigued by the H3's I've seen on the road so I stopped in at the local dealer yesterday to crunch some numbers and take a test drive. Overall the car is pretty nice. Its a very substantial machine and the driving position is like sitting in a big rig. Its the polar opposite of a z4 but I could definately see myself driving one at least for the next 3 yrs. My only concern is the underpowered engine and poor fuel economy but it is somewhat balanced by the exrtemely cheap monthly payment.

    Just wondering what the concensus is on the H3. Anybody own one or have any experience behind the wheel of a hummer. I've read reports of others agreeing the car is underpowered but I'm biased after driving the z4 for a year which is pretty quick in its own rite. Still, even my 99 jeep can outrun this thing.

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  2. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    H3 is obsolete. You might as well have asked us whether to buy a pair of shoes with a block toe.
     
  3. Steve B.

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    Hummers leave an enormous carbon footprint. How about this instead:

    http://www-5.dodge.com/vehsuite/dispatch.do

    Blow the doors off that silly BMW. Tell your wife to park her POS in the driveway.
     
  4. dl20

    dl20 Senior member

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    H3 is obsolete. You might as well have asked us whether to buy a pair of shoes with a block toe.

    Care to explain why the h3 is obsolete?

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  5. dl20

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    Hummers leave an enormous carbon footprint. How about this instead:

    http://www-5.dodge.com/vehsuite/dispatch.do

    Blow the doors off that silly BMW. Tell your wife to park her POS in the driveway.


    Kind of interesting how you are so concerned with taking a green approach with the car yet recommend I tell my fiancee to park her "pos" car outside, but whatever.

    My taste in cars is, i guess, somewhat eclectic. I like the H3 partly because you dont see to many of them around. Same with the Z4. Of course they are not exotic in anyway but perhaps more so than an accord or a grand cherokee.

    In regards to the "carbon footprint" I really could care less. Fuel prices are of course a concern but I don't do to much driving.

    Any other comments from anyone who has been behind the wheel of these things?

    dl
     
  6. Piobaire

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    I will be up front and tell you I have not driven an H3. I think the entire Hummer line up just carries to much baggage in terms of doucheness and as a GM product, I would not want to deal with the service department or its reliability.

    Why not check out a Toyota FJ?
     
  7. dl20

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    I will be up front and tell you I have not driven an H3. I think the entire Hummer line up just carries to much baggage in terms of doucheness and as a GM product, I would not want to deal with the service department or its reliability.

    Why not check out a Toyota FJ?


    Well, I think the H1 and H2 is a bit douchey but its a stretch to categorize every Hummer owner as a douche I suppose. However, I can see what you are saying. I think its safe to say any owner of a yellow hummer is a douche. I originally thought they looked like mini monster trucks when they first came out but they have certainly grown on me. Despite being pretty slow they are really fun to drive.

    I'll admit I'm not very familiar with GM cars. Are they known for having reliability issues? What have you heard about their service departments?

    dl
     
  8. Southern-Nupe

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    Well, I think the H1 and H2 is a bit douchey but its a stretch to categorize every Hummer owner as a douche I suppose. However, I can see what you are saying. I think its safe to say any owner of a yellow hummer is a douche. I originally thought they looked like mini monster trucks when they first came out but they have certainly grown on me. Despite being pretty slow they are really fun to drive.

    I'll admit I'm not very familiar with GM cars. Are they known for having reliability issues? What have you heard about their service departments?

    dl

    For the most part, their service department tends to be below par....but reliability is somewhat better than the majority of Europeans, but steps below some of the Japanese makers.
     
  9. matadorpoeta

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    i don't see the appeal of a small s.u.v. aren't they for lesbians?
     
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    I'm having a hard time understanding the OP's logic. Why get another gas-guzzling SUV when you already have one?
     
  11. dl20

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    i don't see the appeal of a small s.u.v. aren't they for lesbians?
    The H3 is smaller than the H2 but its still very big. It dwarfs my Jeep Cherokee.
    I'm having a hard time understanding the OP's logic. Why get another gas-guzzling SUV when you already have one?
    The SUV I have now is a 99 with 100k miles on it. I drive the Z4 90% of the time and the jeep has deteriorated a bit after being left outside for a few years and driven so sparingly. Trade in value is 2500 so i'm just going to put it down on the H3 if I get one. I should have added that I'm looking to consolidate into 1 car in my original post. dl
     
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    Have you looked at gas prices recently? Why would you even consider a Hummer at this point?

    Also, I have a friend who used to have a H2 but traded it in for a BMW 5-series. He said he got tired of the fact that it didn't have any pick-up and it took forever to get up to speed. I would imagine that the H3 is even worse.
     
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    if it's just you and your fiancee, no kids, and you've been using a z4 all this time, you have no need for an s.u.v. what is the appeal?
     
  14. dl20

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    Have you looked at gas prices recently? Why would you even consider a Hummer at this point?

    Also, I have a friend who used to have a H2 but traded it in for a BMW 5-series. He said he got tired of the fact that it didn't have any pick-up and it took forever to get up to speed. I would imagine that the H3 is even worse.


    Yep, those are all pretty much the same issues I have with it. In terms of gas prices, I live 500ft from school and 4 miles from work so I don't use alot of gas. The car feels underpowered when driving it but not so much so that it is unsafe.

    I'm not a fan of the 5 series. If I were to get another performance car id get the Z4 coupe but in the northeast its unrealistic for it to be my only car as with the rear wheel drive the rear end can get away from you in the rain and is essentially inoperable in the snow. It would also kill me to park a new BMW outside on the street.

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    if it's just you and your fiancee, no kids, and you've been using a z4 all this time, you have no need for an s.u.v. what is the appeal?

    Well, we both want to do some remodeling in our new home which we will do ourselves over the next several years. I'm not exactly going to haul sheets of drywall in the Z4 or her ultima so I figured id switch back to an SUV for the next few years. The biggest issue for me, as I said, is that I don't want to park the Z4 or any other performance/luxury car outside on the street and we only have 1 garage.

    dl
     
  16. matadorpoeta

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    Well, we both want to do some remodeling in our new home which we will do ourselves over the next several years. I'm not exactly going to haul sheets of drywall in the Z4 or her ultima so I figured id switch back to an SUV for the next few years. The biggest issue for me, as I said, is that I don't want to park the Z4 or any other performance/luxury car outside on the street and we only have 1 garage.

    dl


    then why don't you just fix the jeep? if you live so close to school and work you're better off doing that than dropping $30k on a g.m.
     
  17. dl20

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    then why don't you just fix the jeep? if you live so close to school and work you're better off doing that than dropping $30k on a g.m.

    I suppose, but where is the fun in that? The jeep is in good condition for having 100k miles on it but its still kind of a POS. It'd be a rough transition to go from the Z4 as a daily driver back to the Jeep.

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    Interesting that it is not a very common car in Philadelphia as the H2s and H3s are very prevalent in Phoenix and Scottsdale. I've also noticed that out here they seem to be driven mostly by females so that may be something to consider.

    Also, if you're going to be using this for hauling stuff and parking it on the street, I'd suggest a used Ford Explorer or Mercury Mountaineer instead.

    We have an '03 Mountaineer with All Wheel Drive which handles well plus it easily fits sheets of drywall or plywood in the back. The tailgate isn't as high as a Hummer (or my old Grand Cherokee), so it makes it a lot easier to load stuff in the back.
     
  19. matadorpoeta

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    I suppose, but where is the fun in that? The jeep is in good condition for having 100k miles on it but its still kind of a POS. It'd be a rough transition to go from the Z4 as a daily driver back to the Jeep.

    dl


    cars can be a big waste of money, regardless of what you drive. spend as little on them as necessary. your wallet will thank you, you'll have more money for home improvements, and your fiancee will think you're cool.
     
  20. dl20

    dl20 Senior member

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    Interesting that it is not a very common car in Philadelphia as the H2s and H3s are very prevalent in Phoenix and Scottsdale. I've also noticed that out here they seem to be driven mostly by females so that may be something to consider.

    Also, if you're going to be using this for hauling stuff and parking it on the street, I'd suggest a used Ford Explorer or Mercury Mountaineer instead.

    We have an '03 Mountaineer with All Wheel Drive which handles well plus it easily fits sheets of drywall or plywood in the back. The tailgate isn't as high as a Hummer (or my old Grand Cherokee), so it makes it a lot easier to load stuff in the back.


    Hadn't considered the Mercury; looks like a decent SUV. Ford Explorer is a bit pedestrian. Someone in another post mentioned a Toyota FJ that seems worth taking a test drive in. Thanks for the good ideas everyone, keep them coming.

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