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Hummer FAQ
(answers to Frequently Asked Questions)


  1. How much does one cost?
  2. Where can I get a cheap military surplus or "fixer-upper" Hummer?
  3. Where can I rent a Hummer or Hummer Limo?
  4. What's the difference between a Hummer and a Humvee? What does "Humvee" stand for?
  5. What kind of engine does it have?
  6. Is that an automatic transmission? Can I get one with a stick-shift?
  7. Who makes them and where are they made?
  8. Isn't a Hummer awfully wide? Is it too wide for my favorite Jeep trail?
  9. Can a Hummer go anywhere? Can it go underwater? Can it float?
  10. Is it bulletproof?
  11. How fast is it?
  12. What are those things on the wheels?
  13. What are those loop things on the hood?


  1. How much does one cost?

    Hummer H1s are no longer sold, but some dealers do still have some available. You can find dealers listed HERE. Prices wil vary.

    Used Hummers are usually available. Try the Marketplace, Ebay or dealers


  2. Where can I get a cheap military surplus or "fixer-upper" Hummer?

    Not an easy option. First, the government does not sell surplus vehicles to the public. It's rare, but some former military Humvees have found their way into private hands indirectly. Some have been reconditioned, but they're still not "cheap". Others which have not been reconditioned need serious money invested to make them roadworthy. If you're a collector of military vehicles with money to spend, it might be worth looking for one. If you're looking for a decent Hummer for dirt cheap, there's no such thing.

    Occasionally, a "project truck" appears on Ebay. If you have the money and resources to re-build one, you might look there periodically.

    • 2a. Why doesn't the U.S. government sell surplus vehicles to the public?

      There's a story that goes like this: Back in the 1950s, the government sold WWII surplus Jeeps to the public. Someone wrecked one and successfully sued the government for selling unsafe vehicles. The government then adopted a policy of not selling surplus vehicles to the public. We don't know if this story is actually true, but it's plausible. It is true that the government has had such a policy in place for a long time. They will cut vehicles up for scrap rather than sell them to the public.


  3. Where can I rent a Hummer or Hummer Limo?

    There is a listing off all known Hummer and Hummer Limo rental places HERE.


  4. What's the difference between a Hummer and a Humvee? What does "Humvee" stand for?

    The two terms overlap somewhat, but generally, "Hummer" refers to the civilian models and "Humvee" refers to the military ones. "Humvee" comes from "HMMWV", a military term for "High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle". The civilian models are basically the same as the military ones (they went down the same assembly line until reaching the finishing stages) with the addition of nice interiors and other "creature comforts". For more detailed information, see Hummer/Humvee Differences.


  5. What kind of engine does it have?

    The standard engine is a 6.5L turbodiesel. For a few years, a 350 (cubic inch) gasoline engine was available, but it was discontinued as of 1997. 6.2L and 6.5L normally-aspirated (non-turbo) diesel engines were available in earlier models. The newer Alpha version was equipped with a Duramax diesel engine.


  6. Is that an automatic transmission? Can I get one with a stick-shift?

    All Hummers have automatic transmissions, even the military ones. It was one of the U.S. military requirements, that it be easy to drive.


  7. Who makes them and where are they made?

    Hummers are made by AM General Corp. in South Bend, Indiana, USA.


  8. Isn't a Hummer awfully wide? Is it too wide for my favorite Jeep trail?

    The Hummer's width gives it inherent stability and makes it possible to be high-clearance and have a relatively low center of gravity at the same time. While it can be an occasional limitation, the Hummer can traverse a lot of terrain that a narrower vehicle cannot. It takes off-roading to a new level. You'll soon forget about that favorite Jeep trail (a Hummer will take the challenge out of it) and start thinking about driving places you'd never have thought about driving before.


  9. Can a Hummer go anywhere? Can it go underwater? Can it float?

    While a Hummer has much greater capabilities than any "SUV", it still obeys the laws of physics. Common sense is required and overconfidence can be dangerous, as with any vehicle. A civilian Hummer is equipped to do deep-water fording of up to 30 inches (officially, although many have forded up to 3 feet) of water. Some military ones which are so equipped can ford up to 5 feet of water. It's not a submarine or an amphibious vehicle, nor can it float.

    It's a fairly common misconception that Hummers can float. Quite the opposite is true. They are designed to take on water in order to avoid floating. If one tended to float in deep water, traction would be lost on the bottom. If you see video of a Hummer or Humvee in deep water so that it appears to be floating, it's not. It's driving on the bottom. They have drain plugs in the floors to let the water out once one reaches the other side.


  10. Is it bulletproof?

    No. Bulletproofing is available, but very costly.


  11. How fast is it?

    Not very, but they're not built for speed. Top speed is about 90 mph.


  12. What are those things on the wheels?

    Those are the protective covers for the CTIS (Central Tire Inflation System). The Hummer's tire pressure can be controlled by switches on the dashboard, inflating or deflating the tires "on the fly".


  13. What are those loop things on the hood?

    Airlift hooks. The military uses them to airlift Humvees with helicopters. The fact that they're present on the civilian Hummers is evidence of its close relationship to the military Humvees.