I recently purchased a pre-owned H3, and I am in love. It garners a lot of attention, and I am particularly fond of its aesthetic appearance and high ground clearance. It's also quite nice knowing that should you need to go off-road for any reason you can go wherever the heck you want. The ride is surprisingly smooth, the interior is sharp, it handles very well, and I feel safer in my H3 than I do in other vehicles. I often find myself looking for excuses to drive it around town. The most common complaint of the H3 regards its lack of top end power as a result of the inline 5-cylinder engine. While this certainly is a disadvantage, the major advantage is that you have a far more fuel-efficient vehicle. I believe they offer V6 and V8 engines in the new 2008 year models, but I am quite content with my inline 5 and the savings at the pump.
I have had my Hummer 3 for 2 months and I love it. Mine is silver with crome mirrors and gas-cap. It also came with the custom bar on the front. The gas milage is surprisingly affordable. Mine is somewhere around 20 miles per gallon (highway). The best thing I enjoy is the tightness of the drive. It gives me more security. The appearance is like no other vehicle I've ever had. I look foward to taking it off road just to see what I've got.
It can be very stressful and costly for a family of 4 with small children to travel safely to grandma's house, after school activities, or even the doctors office. With all of the restrictions on safety seats that take up entire rows of seating not to mention being limited to the options of minivans that cost $40k and SUVs that take up 2 parking spaces and offer zero visibility. Our family was confident when we purchased a 2006 Suburu Forrester wagon that we had made a positive choice. Not so, at 6 feet tall I found an economy class middle seat on a packed airplane provided more legroom and overall comfort than our wagon. Two carseats later I got anxiety at the mere site of the vehicle and the potential discomfort it would soon provide me with as soon as we had to all go anywhere. We found solace in the option of an H3 Hummer. In a million years I never would have thought this was an option. There is a lot of bad stigma associated with this brand based on the misconception that there is poor fuel economy (Unlike the Hummer and H2 this one gets 18 mpg city, and 22 hwy its actually quite impressive). GM will honor warranty and service this vehicle at any location since there are no Hummer locations anymore. I consider that a bonus since as an owner I can take it to any dealership that services any vehicle in the GM fleet. This vehicle is very roomy, the visibility is amazing, I feel totally safe and we fill up on gas once a week regardless. Honestly I was looking for the roominess in a used Ford Flex which turned out to be very rare and way out of my price range. Mini vans seem to hold their value in used car pricing but again, way to much $$$ to start with. Neither of these options would have offered a noticeablybetter fuel economy. The bottom line is that this is an incredible option and hits on all the needs for my family. I did not purchase this as a commuter car to put 50 miles or more a day and sit in traffic, that would be a bad idea. If this is an a concern you should pass on this vehicle. It fits in a single parking spot, basically its like parking a jeep cherokee, and has an incredible turning radius. Too bad that Hummer couldn't stay in the game during the last fuel crisis, because this model in particular is hands down superior to any SUV I test drove in every way that mattered. Seriously consider this vehicle as an option if you are lucky enough to find one, at least give it a test drive.