Daily Driver: 1989 M998 Humvee – Sold?

Dec 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Truckin Tuesday

January 3, 2022 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Despite being well established as an enthusiast’s choice for a dedicated four-wheel-drive vehicle, the classic Humvee is still a rarity on local roads. As the military has wound down its use of the classic tactical defense vehicle, more of them are falling into civilian hands, like this 1989 Humvee M988 originally listed in December 2021 on Craigslist in Canton, Connecticut with a replacement engine installed in 1998 and an asking price of $25,900.  Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller is undercutting the market by quite a bit, with an “Excellent” truck worth $74,100 and a “Good” condition model worth $62,700.

A Humvee takes a level of commitment many of us can’t quite muster on a daily basis. Perhaps we’re too coddled or otherwise spoiled by the cushy ride offered by modern SUVs, having forgotten that many of them have their origins in body-and-frame construction that is anything but gentle in terms of ride quality. From the Nissan Pathfinder to the Chevy Blazer, the descendants of the freshmen class of mass-produced four-wheel-drive vehicles have gotten a little lax in their old age, becoming bloated and soft. Not so with an original Humvee that effectively left the battlefield and entered civilian life without even so much as a respray. Humvees of this generation do not make gobs of power, relying on about 150 b.h.p. to blast through the desert – but that doesn’t stop enthusiasts from wanting to own one.

Oddly, the Motorweek Retro Review Channel has a vintage road test of a Military spec Humvee from 1984:

The seller’s truck features four soft, removable doors and a soft top. Powered by a 6.2-liter diesel, the engine was supposedly replaced by the military before being sold to the general public. The seller doesn’t confirm whether the 44,000 miles is chassis mileage or engine mileage, and it’d be good information to have in order to determine if this H1 Hummer is fresher than most of the trucks for sale. If the engine has just under 45,000 original miles, it’s done: you can officially go forever with a truck like this, leaving the fixed address behind and living off the grid. The seller’s H1 looks the part with full camouflage, CB antennas, and brush guards, and the potential of a low-mileage turbodiesel under the hood should make the next potential owner feel good about their decision.

“1989 M998 Humvee for sale.
44k miles, 6.2 diesel, 3spd transmission.
This vehicle is currently registered and insured in the state of Connecticut.
Runs excellent! New engine installed and serviced by the military in 2008.

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