How we got to the Hummer H3 is interesting. Drawing its influence from the original Humvee military vehicle (HMMWV a military term for high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle ,for the curious), the idea for a roadgoing Hummer was hatched when General Motors bought the AM General Corporation of South Bend, Indiana.
in fact built at the Struandale Assembly Facility in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Rather surprisingly, this is no lazy lugger. To make decent progress, you need to rev it hard. Give it everything and it'll haul to 60mph in 11 seconds.
Or, in the case of the Hummer H3, 2200 kilos of slack. The brutalist Hummer isn't a vehicle that's easy to pass off as a convincing alternative to a Land Rover Discovery, but it is a definite statement of something.
Early signs were promising for the Hummer brand with around 1,900 vehicles sold in Europe in 2006 compared to a mere 548 vehicles the previous calendar year but as soon as credit crunched, sales evaporated.
This company manufactured Humvee vehicles for the US military and had started selling Hummer versions with slightly more creature comforts to civilians, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The other thing you'll need to look out for is damage to the car caused by overenthusiastic off roading and that includes ambitious wading.
The growth of the high end Sports Utility Vehicle market in the US and the brand equity of the Hummer name made the company an attractive target and in 2002 GM unveiled the Hummer H2. Based on tried and tested GM mechanicals, the H2 used a front suspension system similar to a GM Silverado truck while the rear end was similar to a GM half tonne truck.
The H3 is based on a Chevy Colorado pick up truck, so the underpinnings aren't exactly cutting edge.
The H3 is several steps removed from the original and things are a good deal more conventional inside, without a transmission tunnel so wide you need to semaphore your passenger.
Other ergonomic glitches include awful rear visibility thanks to the tailgate mounted spare wheel and a reduction in the Hummer's total load lugging ability thanks to rear seats Nike Air Force 2 Low White that don't fold flat. The exterior styling is bluff and uncompromising with a front end that encourages traffic to get out of its path.
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Used prices for Hummer H3s are notoriously fluid. You'll need to squirrel away at least to get your hands on one of the first official right hand drive cars in standard trim although you should be able to pick up a left hand drive import for around less with equivalent Air Force Shoes Men
A sale to Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Company collapsed when the Chinese government failed to be convinced that the home built car would be any more economical. The last H3s rolled from the line in 2010, whereupon the company was wound up.
It's still rather American insofar as the plastics quality isn't great, but the centre stack at least looks stylish with its brushed metal finish.
It's hard to think of anything it does that's not bettered by a Land Rover Discovery yet there is a certain appeal to it.
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Finding a used Hummer H3 that has avoided tasteless customisation or conversion to a stretch limo is more difficult than you'd imagine.
Unmolested used examples are getting ever thinner on the ground and there aren't any more being made. This could be your last chance to say you were there.
It drove like a commercial vehicle too and, although a few were imported to the UK, it was too big for inner city streets.
W E all have guilty pleasures, things we know aren't really right but which we can't help liking. All manner of convoluted justifications can be made to salve that guilt but the best way is usually just to admit to the fact that we're occasionally due a little slack.
Take up wasn't huge, the 3.7 litre petrol engine proving too avaricious for most prospective customers, but it shifted a few units before the Hummer brand was swatted by the global financial crisis.
It does have a style of its own and it's not altogether unappealing. On a short off road route, I managed to almost knock myself unconscious on the grab handle, thought better of it and got back on the Tarmac.
The H3 packs the Hummer look and feel into a more manageable size and, due to Hummer's production facility in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, was built in right hand drive form, a few of which were officially imported to the UK.
The Hummer H3 is a vehicle that, by almost any objective measure, has no place on British roads.
There's the choice of a five speed manual gearbox or the preferable four speed auto. Traction control and stability control aim to keep the H3 dirty side down and its manufacturer claims it will ford water 407mm deep and features a front approach angle of 37.5 degrees.
General Motors pumped over $100 million into the construction of this plant and the H3 was expected to pay its way.
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