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The Hummer H2 was terrible. Considering how much gas it guzzles and its over-the-top build, it’s hard to argue with this. While useful for some, the Hummer H2 SUT is nothing more than a relic of a bygone era. Sure, this vehicle experiences some increased value now that GMC has given us the Hummer EV, but that won’t last long. Why was this Hummer SUV awful? Here are a few reasons for you.

The terrible Hummer H2 was an impractical and ridiculous monster

2008 Hummer H2 SUT Sitting on a Dirt Hill - The terrible Hummer H2 was impractical for its time
2008 Hummer H2 SUT | General Motors

The massive size of the Hummer H2 made it impractical. This sport utility truck rode on a 122.7-inch wheelbase and brought a total length of 203.6 inches to the market. The height was 79.2 inches and width 81.2 inches, giving us a monster of an SUV to drive. At the time it was produced, these measurements were ridiculously large.

In today’s market, the H2 might not be such a monstrosity. The measurements are smaller than the current GMC Hummer EV, which has a 135.6-inch wheelbase and a length of 216.8 inches.

Engine development has come a long way since this Hummer SUV

A 6.0-iter Vortec V8 engine powered the Hummer H2 SUT. To make things even worse, the transmission was a four-speed automatic. Although this was the same engine found in the Chevy Silverado of that era, this setup lacked big power that should have been part of a larger-than-life sport utility truck.

Several problems caused H2 owners to regret driving them

2006 Hummer H2 SUT Riding on a Dirt Trail
2006 Hummer H2 | General Motors

The 2005 H2 SUT suffered from three recalls, 87 complaints to the NHTSA, and several other problems reported by consumers. The recalls were for seat belt issues, faulty pitman arms, and trouble with the hydraulic brake booster system. The consumer complaints were for the powertrain, electrical system, airbags, tires, service brakes, cruise control, visibility, steering, and wheels.

In a nutshell, if it could be a problem, it was a problem in the terrible Hummer H2.

High maintenance costs were a terrible part of owning a Hummer H2

This massive SUV or truck was hard for many owners to live with. Even if they were gentle with this beast, maintaining it was costly. Considering this sport utility truck was made to be an off-road monster, those that ventured into the wilderness found more troubles than expected upon their return. This maintenance-intensive behemoth was more trouble than it was worth.

The Hummer H2 completely disregarded environmental concerns

Hummer capitalized on a lull in gas prices to build massive SUVs and trucks that offered little to no regard for the environment. The Hummer H2 SUT barely entered double digits in the fuel numbers, making it hard to understand. The environment wasn’t a concern for the H2, instead, it was all about showing off and being bigger and bolder than anything else out on the road.

Eventually, rising gas prices and the economic downturn of 2008 caused GM to shut down the Hummer brand in 2010.

The bad reputation of the terrible Hummer H2 is well-earned, as pointed out in this Popular Mechanics article featuring the video from Doug DeMuro below:


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