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    How many miles is too many when buying a used H3?

    So, I'm looking to get back into a H3 and know to generally avoid 2006 models or ones with specific vins. I'm not expecting perfection In a hummer that is at best approximately 10 years old.. But what is too high?

    I'm seeing a lot in the 120 to 150k range rather cheap. Personally, I'm looking for something under 100k miles.

    There's a red h3 adventure with 77k miles near me and I've got them down to $10k although it needs some paint work on the driver side fenders. There's a manual one on ebay for $13.5k with 88k miles as well that I like. I'm very close to purchasing but thought I'd get a consensus.

    I know this has been asked a lot but also know that at a certain point, year to year, new thoughts and discoveries are made as these trucks age.

    Opinions?

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    There's always a balance between price and age and I think it depends on your personal comfort zone. The red H3 sounds like a decent deal assuming it's just a paint issue. The eBay one sounds like it's priced high. Really, I'd want to drive each one and get them inspected by a mechanic before making a decision. The beauty, or the issues, are really below the surface.

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    What year is the manual and what are itís options?

    If you know where it is located then I would bet you could get a local garage to inspect it.

    Nice thing is that these trucks are pretty easy to work on. And the later years had some improvements on the front diff and even the transmission (hardened gears and such if I remember correctly)


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    The ebay one is a 2008, base model. No lockers no luxury package. It just looks cool and is a manual. It looks brand new inside and out. Name:  Screenshot_2019-07-12-06-25-50-251_com.ebay.mobile.jpg
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    i'd say 100,000 for a daily driver and if it's going to be a trail rig it doesn't really matter...
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    Obviously you know that mileage doesn't tell the whole story. Even if you know the previous owner and he provides every shred of documentation from when it was new, a used car is always a bit of a crap shoot. Low mileage could be a good thing, but I've read a lot of stories about engines/transmission/transfer cases going out well under 100k. Perhaps these are outliers, but the potential is there.

    For me, I wanted some particular things (year, color) so I settled on one with high miles (182k) but one owner and at least some documentation of service. It needed some things that I can do, but with a low price and a bit of wrenching I'm still into it at a very good position. If a major issue comes up, I can put a new engine or transmission in and still be comfortable with the investment. If you are going to have to have someone work on it for you every time something comes up, any of them has the potential to be a frustrating money pit.

    All that said, the white one looks pretty nice and if it is what you want, you probably can't go too wrong with it.

    Good luck!

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    And the red one. I never off-road. Ever. Any h3 I buy I'd put a leveling kit since a rancho isn't available anymore. Probably 35s too. The only thing is I don't wanna have it painted right away. But it's $3.5k less with 11k miles less Name:  00101_3jFAtkQK7PH_600x450.jpg
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    So, $10k for red, local. Great interior. New tires but small and don't like chrome rims. Both drivers fenders need work. I'd level it and want bigger tires. Put a grille guard and a roof rack. So I'd invest a bit.

    And $12k for white in California.

    White is already done how I'd like it. Plus manual seems cool. But I'd have to fly to California and drive it back 15 hrs haha interior and body/paint look new.

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    EDIT NOT DISCLOSED AS REBUILT SALVAGE.

    and of course an Alpha would be nice as well. That's the goal right, the V8...and usually they come with the best interior and lockers, but the 2008 models aren't too fancy with the offroad stuff. $10k for an Alpha with 143k miles. Hmm.

    https://www.bonhamchrysler.com/vehic...EN63L988229783
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    How brave would one have to be to purchase an '06 model in the bad head Vin range?

    Or am I confusing bravery with stupidity with a near guarantee that I'll have engine problems....

    https://www.shookauto.com/VehicleDet...mmer-H3-4d-SUV

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    Quote Originally Posted by fowlken8 View Post
    How brave would one have to be to purchase an '06 model in the bad head Vin range?

    Or am I confusing bravery with stupidity with a near guarantee that I'll have engine problems....

    https://www.shookauto.com/VehicleDet...mmer-H3-4d-SUV

    Wow! I clicked on the carfax icon hoping to see the report (not shopping, just nosy). No report, but it says there are 93 records. That is a lot, would be interesting to see what all has been done. Perhaps even the head replacement?

    And how cool to own an H3 that once belonged to Batman.
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    I even like this one. The stance and color are great!

    https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-...ckType=listing

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    Quote Originally Posted by fowlken8 View Post
    EDIT NOT DISCLOSED AS REBUILT SALVAGE.

    and of course an Alpha would be nice as well. That's the goal right, the V8...and usually they come with the best interior and lockers, but the 2008 models aren't too fancy with the offroad stuff. $10k for an Alpha with 143k miles. Hmm.

    https://www.bonhamchrysler.com/vehic...EN63L988229783
    For 10k it is a prime candidate for a D60/14B
    2006 H3 Adventure & modified Rancho with SOA

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    Quote Originally Posted by fowlken8 View Post
    lots of nice extras but 14k would a good deal. rims are the only off for me.
    2006 H3 Adventure & modified Rancho with SOA


 

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