This may surprise you, but four-wheel drive vehicles are pretty hot right now. That’s a pretty easy fact to digest with new cars, but what about used ones? I’ve discussed several craigslist SUVs recently, from the Chevy TrailBlazer to the Ford Explorer. Of those two, the Ford was more expensive, at $2,400. This Hummer H3 beats it by a significant margin, in price and in mileage. In fact, it’s coming up on the quarter million mile mark. And it might be worth about $4,000.
With the demise of moderately high gas prices in 2015, the American public reignited its love affair with utility vehicles. I’m not just talking about crossovers, but actual body-on-frame SUVs too. And let’s not forget Jeep. The Wrangler is doing better than ever and the Gladiator will probably find a substantial audience as production ramps up and dealers start to forgo their substantial markups. Eventually, Ford will challenge Jeep’s reign with off-road vehicles of its own, but for now FCA is the king of the segment. Hummer, the last apples-to-apples American Jeep competitor, died an ignoble death in 2009. Is it possible GM regrets the decision? Probably not. Hindsight always has pretty good vision. Gas prices were quite high then and car shoppers weren’t interested in large SUVs or off-road vehicles. But in light of Hummer’s rumored revival, it’s impossible not to think about the alternative universe where Hummer clawed its way back to relevancy with a slew of capable products.
The H3 gets dunked on because it looks like a shrunken H2. Is that such a bad thing? GM created an aesthetic that aged quite well. If the Wrangler can get away with looking very similar to past models, Hummer could have done it too. And apparently it wasn’t as bad as we like to think. Here’s a little excerpt from Car And Driver’s H3 road test:
Saying it’s the best Hummer by far sounds like faint praise, but the H3 moves the ball. The mini-Hummer’s cockpit has a touch of upscale, unlike the explosion of plastic inside the H2. The smaller H3 steers sharply and hustles through turns when necessary. Drag racers don’t buy Hummers, so the weak engine doesn’t bother me, and the fuel savings (however small) are welcome. I can even forgive the bouncy ride as a byproduct of off-road prowess.
The magazine’s real gripe with the H3 was its engine. 225 horsepower paired to a four speed automatic cannot adequately move a 5,000 vehicle. Our featured H3 came equipped with a 3.7 liter five cylinder with about twenty more horsepower than the older powerplant. I can’t imagine it made much of a difference.
Here is the seller’s description of the Hummer:
Price firm at $3800 on my 2007 Hummer h3 all wheel drive 5 cylinders automatic. First $3800 cash buys it. The engine and transmission are both excellent, and it has a good red inspection sticker on it. The body is in very nice shape with no rust, it just needs the molding for the gas cap door a piece of molding on the driver side rear. My car has no dents. My frame is rot free. Nice aftermarket stereo w remote. Owned it since it had 90k on it. Right now it has like 240k. I.m selling it much much cheaper than Kelly blue book. And we just put new brake pads and rotors and wheel bearings on it. Thanks.
$3800 price firm. Don’t ask for less.
Seems like this person is adamant that their Hummer is worth $3800! Despite the cosmetic issues, the H3 does seem like it’s in decent condition. Still, that price seems pretty high.
Huh. Seems like the seller’s asking price isn’t so ludicrous after all. In fact, it might even be reasonable.
Personally, I’d be extremely reluctant to spend my hard earned dollars on something like this H3. At 240k miles, it’s a risky purchase.
But it seems like the market has spoken. And it has determined that a used H3 is still worth something in 2020. No wonder why GM wants to revive Hummer. If and when a new model rolls into GMC dealerships, like the rumors suggest, they might just have a captive audience waiting to take one home.