2006 Hummer H3 Adventure 3.5 I5 from North America


Stay away from the H3


The service four wheel drive light came on after I had the vehicle for about three days and again in each of the three days following. I took it into the dealership and they kept it overnight. It didn't store a code and they couldn't get it to happen again. They gave it back to me for the weekend with the instruction to bring it back on Monday. I did. They had it for another three days with no progress. They had me come and get it because they couldn't figure out what had caused the light to come on. As I was pulling out of the dealership the light came on again so I turned around and they were able to pull the code. They had it for another day and followed what they were supposed to do for the given code. Everything appeared normal so they still didn’t know what to do. They gave it back to me with the explanation that they wrapped some wires with electrical tape and that may or may not fix the problem. So it spent the entire second week I had it in the shop.

I also had concerns about a noticeable grinding feeling in the brakes at 10mph. It feels like the pads have worn down to the wear indicators, but they claimed that they can't feel anything. There is also a vibrating feeling and sound associated with the brakes. It feels and sounds like a light ABS cycle. When this occurs at night the lights dim down. They associated it to the mechanical break pump. The H3 uses an electric pump rather than a quieter, smoother vacuum pump found in other cars. I later found out that this pump is designed to only come on during harder stops to maintain pressure in the lines. Mine is coming on every time the brakes are applied. It comes on while coasting to a stop sign or pulling into my garage or if I’m stopped and in park. They don’t know what to do about that either.

I also noticed a crack in the roof rack the day I picked it up. They said that they would order the new part for me and have it put on. While talking with the service adviser I found out that this is a common issue and the original supplier so no longer being used. Because of this the new parts won't be available until mid June, if I can get the first ones coming out.

Yesterday I noticed a ticking sound coming from the engine. I talked with a coworker who has an H3 and he said that his wife was complaining about the same noise for a couple weeks. He drove it in to work today and can hear the same thing that I am. I called the service department and he stated that the ticking is normal. Come on! I didn't get a brand new car to listen to ticking!

General Comments:

On the plus side, the vehicle has pretty decent fit and finish for a GM. GM is notorious for scary soft brakes and mushy suspension to go along with dead, numb steering. The H3 has firm suspension and tight steering. It also has firm seats with nice side bolsters which is hard to find in a GM. Is this enough to overcome all the other issues that I have already encountered in less than three months? NO! The H3 is only good for looking at. The only thing that keeps me going is knowing that this is a lease and they will have their piece of crap back in two years. With that said, this will be a very long two years. Sometimes the GM employee discount looks good on paper, but I should have gotten a Honda.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th May, 2006

12th May 2006, 05:06

Your comments sound like you disliked the vehicle before you even brought it home.

You also sound heavily biased against GM.

Sorry about your bad luck with the vehicle, but after reading your review, I'm not sure I believe you.

12th May 2006, 09:34

You are correct. I am heavily biased against GM. The first GM car I had was an 03 Saab 93. I used my family discount on that and got a great deal and a great car. Saab didn't change enough to the car for me to consider it again when my lease was up. I had no intention on getting another GM. Then I saw the deal that I could get on this H3 with my discount and it fit into my budget. It looked different enough to make it tolerable for a couple years and the lease payments are cheaper than the other vehicle that was on my shopping list. I was excited about it for the first couple days until the newness wore off and the reality set in. I think this will be the last time that I let low payments pull the blinders over me.

2006 Hummer H3 3.5L I-5 from North America


Cool looking truck, 5 cylinder economy, Japanese engineering


Nothing yet.

General Comments:

I think everyone needs to chill a minute on the Hummer thing. The H3 is not like the H1 or the H2. The H3 has a 3.5L 5 cylinder engine (same displacement as a Honda Pilot with one cylinder less than my Tercel). The power-train and chassis are designed by Isuzu with the look of a smaller H2.

The truck is really cool and I get reasonable fuel economy with the 5 cylinder engine and moderate driving. Yeah it's a little expensive, and I don't like to buy American cars cause the big three have been screwing us for decades with low quality cars that don't last. I worked for many years at a Toyota dealership and have always bought Honda or Toyota cars. We still drive our Tercel daily, the Hummer is a lease and a company car.

I like having the ground clearance for the snowstorms we get up here in Canada, and needed a frame that could handle all the big pot holes. I bought it to show off, and I stickered her up with my company logo.

I don't plan on hitting anyone or being hit by anyone, and I drive safe and look where I'm going, and observe speed limits weather permiting. I slow down in bad weather even with the truck.

I loved my Civic and Tercel, but I can't pull my boat with them. I bought a set of 20 inch chrome rims for summer time with all the chrome options. Where were all you people when GM was screwing you with crappy cars. Stop complaining now and give them credit for a job well done.

As for the jealousy, I drove a lot of old $100.00 beaters for many years, and paid my way through school, working bad jobs to get there. I looked up to people that had worked hard, and was always happy for them. I work hard for what I've got.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st May, 2006

2nd May 2006, 13:23

Yeah, it's totally not like the h2 or the h1. Don't listen to those saying its the scaled down version of the h2. They are just plain wrong. GM sucks, but I bought this anyways...

Where do you get off dude. The drivetrain is from the colorado pickup. You said yourself that you drove a lot of $100 junkers, is that where the big three screwed you?

But I'll admit, you covered yourself pretty well with those last statements about wealth and such.