Hummer's most recent vehicle line up is notorious for being the most unreliable and most expensive to fix. It is after all a GM product so I am not that surprised.
Being a "GM" product has nothing to do with this thing being a piece of crap. Why don't you take a look at the many positive things people are saying about GM vehicles. Don't dogg GM, just because you might drive some piece of imported trash.
As one who has been defending the H2 in these posts I admit that the original post has some merit to it.
GM took the hummer H2 from concept to production in only 18 months... incredibly fast. And as someone that has seen the build quality of a new GM design, sometimes in their hurry to hit the market, they haven't worked all the bugs out. But each year GM engineers refine their products and I am sure the H2 is no exception and some of the items you have had issues with have been fixed.
As a rule it's always prudent to wait a couple years before buying a new GM design.. you will get a much better vehicle. Also you will get gouged at the dealer less!
Buying an H2 then complaining about the gas mileage and size is like eating fast food every day and complaining about gaining the wrong kind of weight. Take responsibility for your actions.
You bought a great vehicle that is just too much car for YOU and your wife. The H2 is an AWESOME vehicle, and my wife who is 5'4" and weighs 107 pounds loves driving it.
There's no issue with gas mileage or size for us. See we actually took the time to research and test drive numerous SUVs, including the Cadillac Escalade, before deciding on the H2.
There's simply no excuse for ignorance!!
I went to consumer reports and printed out some reviews for various SUVs. Some of which were on the Cadillac Escalade, Yukon, H2, and Navigator.
Each review was printed out separately. I laid the reports out and did a little test of my own. I created a point system for each item reviewed. Best review got 2 pts, Good got 1 pt, Average got 0, and Below average lost 1pt.
After going through using this point system, the H2 came in just below the Yukon and Escalade, but did come in far above the Navigator.
Do your own research, but keep an open mind and don't be biased.
I am a fan of the H2, I am still in the buying process, but I have never driven any SUV that handles nearly as well.
The H2 out weighs, outhandles and is 100% more appealing than any other SUV on the market. And if you price full size SUVs which are 4x4's, have locking rear differentials, huge ground clearance and can perform off-road, the list is short and they are all expensive.
I laugh at all of the above! You should all go and get a nice 4.9 litre V8 Range Rover. It'd blow the weeds off of that bloody great 'Tank' you have got there in every way. But of course I was forgetting, you all want to be like Arny, that is SAD!
I the the hummer is for show. Why would someone buy a hummer for $50 grand when they can just buy a jeep for lets say $10 grand and put the other $40 grand into it. The jeep would put the hummer to shame.
But the Jeep is a tiny vehicle compared to the Hummer. Anyways why does the H2 Hummer only get 10MPG, it doesn't have to get bad fuel mileage to be fast. Why not just put in a Chevy 6.6L diesel 18MPG and/or make it even faster with the electronic upgrade. If you want something a little slower, than put in a 6.2L diesel 25MPG (3.07 rear gear), or more mileage and pickup with a K&N air filter, bigger exhaust and turbo system.
I just purchased a H2 in May. My H2 gets 12 to 13 mpg in the city... and close to 20 mpg on the interstate. Either I bought a really really great Hummer or most of the people talking about gas mileage, DON'T know what they are talking about. I also own a Dodge... the best gas mileage I'm ever gotten with it is 15 mpg... and that was on the interstate. So, I'm very pleased with my H2!!
I have had my H2 for a year now and I can tell you it is the WORSE vehicle I have ever had. I bought it new off the showroom floor. I have had my radio replaced, window motors replaced, seat motors replaced, rear view mirrors replaced, air suspension fixed, the engine worked on over eight times, and the list goes on... GM builds crap and the H2 is no different. I have had a Honda, and I was not a fan - but I can say that I would take if over the H2 any day. I have taken my H2 to the shop over 20 times in the last year and am now fighting with GM to buy it back. But then again GM makes everything out of plastic so I should have known.
As an employee of GM and Hummer, I must say that I agree with the people's perspective on the H2 as being a problematic vehicle, especially the 2003 models. The 03 was a mistake to launch so early, so needless to say, there were a lot of problems. 04 managed to bring down a substantial amount of problems and the 05 and 06 models are much better in terms of problems per 100. The H2 had 179 in 03 and is projected to have around 108 to 115 in 06. I am not trying to sell online, I just want to say that we are not hiding the fact that the H2 was problematic in the beginning. There has been a great deal of action to correct the problems in the current year model. Hope this gives a better insight.
I've been working as an automotive supplier all my life (including GM) and we get wasted whenever we go through Customer or TS-16949 audits.
I would recommend to the OEM's to start measuring themselves with the same kind of ruler and not releasing such mess to the public before having past all their own audit aspects!
Even if you are a perfect "build-to-print" supplier - crappy designs remain crappy designs which consequently create crappy finished goods!
Rule of thumb - stay away from model year change-overs other than face lifts, they are loaded with bugs! Wait at least 2-3 years down the road, usually all bugs are reported and most of them taken care off.
By the way, PPM's (parts per million)are measured by the millions (!), not hundreds :o)
What I meant was Problems Per 100 units. Not PPM in terms of the emissions. JD Power and associates has their initial quality survey that asks owners how many problems they have had with their vehicles in the first few months of ownership. I'm very tired, so I could have completely misread your comment, but that's what I meant.
Range Rovers are over hyped and way to expensive for many serious off road enthusiasts. The defender however, now that was and is a great Rover worldwide. Despite the H2 being expensive, it still is nowhere near as expensive as a range rover.
I have had exotic vehicles my whole life, and yes, they all have their share of problems, both in design and practicality. My motto is if you like it, buy it, but if you can't afford to maintain it, don't. I'd tell you what the amount was on my last dealer servicing on my Lambo, but she's worth it.