Big on being big

2003-2009 Hummer H2 Pre-Owned

By Justin Pritchard
2003-2009 Hummer H2 Pre-Owned
Looking for a used family hauler that doesn’t make a scene, is easy to park, and doesn’t burn through fuel like a refinery fire? Feel free to check out another one of our used model write-ups. This one focuses on the Hummer H2—and it’s definitely not a machine for every shopper.

2006 Hummer H2 (Photo: General Motors)

Launched for the 2003 model year, this ‘civilian grade’ Hummer model featured a six-litre V8 engine with 325 horsepower, a gargantuan body, and more off-road ready hardware than most of its owners would come close to needing. Big, tough and aggressive, the H2 was a fashion statement as much as a rock-crawling weapon. A smaller and slightly more modest H3 variant was available too.

H2 could tow a heavy trailer, had room for 5 passengers, and was available with all of the market’s latest in comfort and entertainment goodies. That made it usable as a family hauler-- in some circles, anyways. Look for automatic climate control, power accessories, leather seats, Bose audio, auto-dimming mirrors and plenty more.

As the H2 progressed through the years, an “SUT” model, resembling a pickup truck, was made available from 2005 and on. The six-litre, 325-horsepower engine was replaced in 2008 with a 6.2 litre unit that cranked out 393 ponies. The four-speed automatic was replaced with a six-speed unit, too.

Most owners report that their H2’s deliver a smooth and comfortable ride that’s also quiet when driven modestly. Interior space and size, functionality, versatility and all-road confidence are other major plusses. A ‘go anywhere, anytime’ attitude seems to fit well with adventurous shoppers who don’t quiver at the thought of the H2’s fuel consumption figures.

Gripes tend to centre around the latter, as well as difficulty in parking, using drive-thru lines and fitting into snug quarters. Some owners wish for more performance from the factory Bose audio system, more in-cabin storage and more thoughtfulness to some of the ergonomics. Many owners also report encountering ‘haters’—that is, vocal passersby with negative impressions of the H2.

2006 Hummer H2 SUT (Photo: General Motors)

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