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    +1 If you're not an enthusiastic wrench-turner, you might be disappointed. I don't mind it myself, and am a fair mechanic. We also take care of our own with advice and when you have the good fortune to have a buddy nearby with the same ride or similar, you can trade maintenance days helping each other.

    It's not a trivial vehicle to own, and they do require routine maintenance same as any other piece of industrial equipment. Parts are often sourced online, except core engine stuff. "Fix it Today!" is not as common option / situation, because of parts availability.

    I like mine, but I wouldn't drive it daily myself. Loud and unruly, hard to park in the city, etc.

    Plenty of guys DO drive their daily. So yes, it's done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by porkysplace View Post
    As frank pointed out do you do your own maintenance ?
    Your probably not going to find many local auto repair shops that work on them ( or if they try they don't know what they are doing).
    Mv's tend to be owner maintained vehicles.

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    You can drive this to work the ten miles.
    Work on it, will be fun.
    Make money workin with it, then sell it for more.
    Hey, $5500.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frank8003 View Post
    Food for thought

    I know of a civilian Hummer, almost new, that got driven off the highway at high speed and went and took out a restaurant 1880's flagstone foundation. No fault of the driver or the truck, It was medical issue.
    All the electrics still worked, doors still worked, no intrusions into the cab, black box showed that as it folded up underneath and bent and twisted, the engineered and planned crushing allowed the airbags to NOT inflate as there was not enough G's. This all happened in about 4 feet of foundation which dead stopped the truck.
    It was totaled beyond repair but the driver went uninjured. The transmission went down and the back of the engine went up. I have about a hundred photos if anyone is interested but that truck is really built well. The husband went out and bought Her another one.

    But I suspect you just want the tactical military type truck. Here in SF the civil trucks run all over the place (Casinos, lots of money) but the military versions I see and know of just a few.

    Both versions are expensive to keep up.
    Airbags wont deploy if there arent any.

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    Airbags wont deploy if there arent any.[/QUOTE]
    I verbose but that is essentially what I was saying, Thanks.

    My sentiments exactly
    Only gottah get almost killed one and twice to change ones mind about what flavor vehicle one drives.
    I know people that STILL will NOT wear seat belts!
    Strange they always wear them on aircraft! They have to.

    I would go for the wrecker for 6K and drive that 10 miles a day.
    I was here, had a good time.

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    Couldn't respond on many of these yet. Yes I can maintain on my own as long as there is a manual to reference and I have the place to park. Creature comforts aren't that important, I have other things to drive. Someone stated earlier that there are 55 of these in my area for sale, I can not find them close. Only found one that the owner says it is a 6.5, can not tell me what type it is and does not know about the transmission, 3 or 4 speed and is hesitant about test drives.
    Quote Originally Posted by BLK HMMWV View Post
    Go test drive one. Only then will you be able to answer your own questions.
    In past threads you said you wanted something different. It fits that requirement.
    But so does the civilian version.
    We have all asked you in past threads if you plan on doing your own work on it or paying someone to do it.
    You have replied you don't mind wrenching on it but at this time don't have much time to do so.
    Like Porky and others have said if you don't end up doing your own work on it , finding a shop to do the work may be a problem.
    Parts for them aren't always easily available like going to the auto parts store.

    Do you have a place big enough to park it out of the weather ?
    They all leak eventually.
    Do you plan on being able to have a normal conversation with another passenger while driving? ( not going to happen without investing in some form of crew comm. in HMMWV)
    Civilian version no problem.
    You like creature comforts? Heat A/C, music? Civilian version no problem. HMMWV not impossible just more money out of your pocket.

    Towing:
    HMMWV's aren't set up for towing civilian based things. With that said you can convert to tow stuff just more money
    Civilian version no problem.

    Do I think your nuts for wanting one? No
    Do I think your nuts for wanting one as a daily driver? YES

    Find one and test drive it.
    Only then will you know if your scratching an itch or have come down with MV fever.

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    I want to thank all of your for the input. I just need to find one close to test drive and hopefully I can find 2 of them with both engine and tranny set ups to compare. With our business name, I would like to dress it up and take to trade shows that we attend to help show it off and be able to take pictures with customers as well to pass the day.

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    Ask the seller to take you for a ride. I wont let folks test drive my vehicles. My insurance company advised against it.
    Look for a "P" and a "D" with a circle around it , on the shifter. That will be a 4 speed

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    Quote Originally Posted by biggdadd58 View Post
    Couldn't respond on many of these yet. Yes I can maintain on my own as long as there is a manual to reference and I have the place to park. Creature comforts aren't that important, I have other things to drive. Someone stated earlier that there are 55 of these in my area for sale, I can not find them close. Only found one that the owner says it is a 6.5, can not tell me what type it is and does not know about the transmission, 3 or 4 speed and is hesitant about test drives.
    So if the guy doesn't know his car why would you even consider buying it.

    If you don't know cars, and you don't have time or $$$ to repair, I suggest you avoid purchase.

    Your questions are so basic that I have a tough time thinking this is the type of vehicle for you.

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    Basic questions aren't the same as having the ability to fix or repair, thus the reason for questions about something someone is not familiar with. I didn't know before talking to the guy selling the unit didn't have the answers for my questions.Maybe, just maybe, this could be a diamond in the ruff, who knows. So if my questions are so basic and my lack of knowledge upsets you that bad, maybe you should just overlook my ignorance.
    Quote Originally Posted by TOBASH View Post
    So if the guy doesn't know his car why would you even consider buying it.

    If you don't know cars, and you don't have time or $$$ to repair, I suggest you avoid purchase.

    Your questions are so basic that I have a tough time thinking this is the type of vehicle for you.

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    The problem with the seller not knowing what engine/trans combination he has and whether it is original, field-modified, or after-market modified, is it raises red flags that he's flipping it and probably has done VERY little maintenance beyond an engine oil change. It took me several days of evenings and a weekend to do the complete lube order on my ride once I took possession. It was straightforward, but not fast or necessarily cheap. By doing all that I confirmed every detail of the power train, knew what I had to repair/replace in the near term and also found several little things that could have become big things if left to fester.

    The seller does not appear to respect his rig, and whether it's a diamond in the rough or a snake in the grass is unclear. A lot of people tried flipping these during the brief heyday of GovPlanet sales. Many were not worth the asking price and had no proper preventive maintenance done.

    Unless it's drive-able and well under $10K it could be a nightmare. They are all money pits to one degree or another, they are industrial equipment, they are not inexpensive toys.

    We're trying to help you manage your expectations.

    I personally don't have issue with the "no test drives" stance, I don't let people drive my HMMWV without an open field handy or some indication they've ever been around one. For the inexperienced, it's tricky handling an 8' wide vehicle while sitting very off to the left side as compared to a normal civvy vehicle. There is some mental recalibration needed.


    If you can do a recon and bring back some pictures and observations, this group can give you a lot more detail to chew on. We're spitballing here, so answers will vary widely.

    If you feel like a nice (long-ish) drive next weekend, the Glen Allen VA VFW (near Richmond) is having their Tanks and Trucks event from 10-4 on Saturday the 17th. There will be multiple HMMWVs there, including mine, and you can get to know one in person. PM for details if interested.

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