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1998 AM General Hummer

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1998 AM General Hummer Review

Heavy duty artillery for the civilian.

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The 1998 AM General Hummer is a repurposed version of the military’s M998 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). The Hummer is larger, tougher, and more powerful than almost anything on the road short of a full-sized truck. However, it also is an awkwardly sized vehicle with poor performance and speed.

The 1998 AM General Hummer is primarily designed as an offroad vehicle. All of the major strengths of the Hummer become more apparent in offroad driving, while most of the flaws of this vehicle are not particularly noticeable. The AM General Hummer provides an interesting choice for offroad enthusiasts willing to pay a little extra for a vehicle based on a military grade design.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 6.5-liter eight-cylinder diesel
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: AM General Hummer SUV Hard Top, AM General Hummer SUV Open Top, AM General Hummer SUV Wagon

What's New

The 1998 AM General Hummer features a new design to many systems to reduce the amount of noise it generates.


Measuring 75 inches tall, 86.5 inches wide and 184.5 inches long, the AM General Hummer is a massive vehicle. The body design is purely functional, so it is not a particularly attractive vehicle. It is designed purely for functionality. A camper and towing package, winch, and brush guard are available as optional features.


The interior of the AM General Hummer is massive, but has very little in terms of standard features. Despite the size, the Hummer only seats four under normal circumstances. Keyless entry, power windows, power locks, and a cassette player are standard features. Power mirrors, a heated windshield, a CD player, and a premium audio system can be added as standard features.

Performance & Handling

The AM General Hummer performs better than it appears it would, but it is still an underperforming vehicle in most regards. The engine is underpowered for a vehicle this size, which results in poor acceleration and a very low top speed of 83 miles per hour (mph). While the Hummer turns surprisingly well, the six-foot width of the Hummer is awkward to handle. The original military vehicle was no designed for driving through rush hour traffic. The offroad capabilities are more impressive. The Hummer can get through terrain that would stop many other offroad vehicles.


The 1998 AM General Hummer’s only safety feature is antilock brakes. However, the Hummer weighs about 6500 pounds, which makes a significant different in any high speed impact. The Hummer is based off a military design, so durability and safety are factored into the design far more than the limited safety features would imply.

EPA Fuel Economy

AM General Hummer: 13/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Excellent offroad capability
  • Tough construction
  • Powerful engine

You Won't Like

  • Extremely low gas mileage, especially for a diesel engine
  • High price
  • Low top speed
  • Poor acceleration
  • Poor handling

Sum Up

Heavy duty artillery for the civilian.

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