Off-Road Test - 2003 HUMMER H2

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  1. TriShield

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    Rugged good looks with the performance to match.

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    by Ken Brubaker
    August 2003 FOUR WHEELER

    Living with the Hummer H2 is a trip.

    After spending a week with this machine, we've concluded that it's probably like being married to a drop-dead gorgeous high-profile model. When in public, she is admired and we are regarded with a reverent, envious nod. When we're alone, things aren't too bad either.

    It would be insane not to factor the H2's styling into the popularity equation. Obviously, aesthitics is one of the primary selling points of the Hummer line, and it evokes an amazing reaction from the public. Drooling high-schoolers, mobs of grinning young people, elderly retirees, curious couples, and envious gear-heads all went out of their way to inspect our H2 during our time with it. This turned simple errands into a time-consuming endevours.

    Visual appearance aside, the big H2 is in a class by itself off-road. The model we tested came with the Adventurer package, and featured 40.4 degrees of approach angle, 41.8 degrees of departure angle, and a minimum ground clearance of 10.5 inches. These specifications are the Holy Grail to a person who travels off-road frequently. For the H2, they create a big SUV that can carry many passengers or a lot of cargo over challenging terrain, and do so without the usual fullsize truck concerns of tearing off expensive body hardware or underbody components. Those excellent approach and departure numbers are extremely rare for fullsized SUVs, and they're only approached by a couple of other mass-produced SUVs besides the H2's bigger brother, the H1.

    Bolstering the great ground clearance and approach-and-departure angles is a rear differential that contains an electronic locker, a dash mounted traction-control cancellation button, and a built-in automatic low-range throttle-progression curve. These items unite to create a vehicle that is pleasant and easy to navigate over the toughest obstacles, even for those with little four wheeling experience.

    Under the forward-tilting fiberglass hood is GM's 6.0L V8 engine, and it's mated to the 4L65-E automatic transmission. This tranny feeds the Borg-Warner 44-84 transfer case, a two-speed electronically controlled full-time four-wheel-drive system that has a low-range ratio of 2.64:1. With the 4.10:1 axle gear ratio, this gives the H2 an adequate low-range crawl ratio of 33.1:1. Overall, the engine/trans combo works well for the H2's considerable mass, but generates a combined fuel consumption of 9 MPG. We'd love to see the H2 fitted with the Duramax diesel/Allison 1000 tranny combination for more torque and better fuel economy.

    After the H2 left our Midwest Bureau to return to the Hummer fold, we were left with this conclusion: We'd purchase the H2 solely for it's excellent off-road capabilities. The bonus is the H2's excellent ride and handling as well as it's double-throw-down visual appeal. FW

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    CHECK IT OUT IF: You want a fullsized SUV with some of the best off-road capabilities on the market.

    AVOID IT IF: Drawing attention makes you nervous.

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    HIGHLIGHTS

    The H2 offers a maximum towing capacity of 7,000 pounds, and comes standard with a two inch reciever hitch that is integrated into the rearmost frame crossmember. We towed a 30-foot dual-axle trailer filled with our dirt bikes, tools and accessories. The 4,300 pound load was effortlessly handled by the H2, and the auto-leveling suspension kept the vehicle level at all times.

    The H2 offers a high mounted air intake for the engine standard. This enables the H2 to easily ford 20 inches of water at 5MPH forward velocity.

    A very welcome standard features is the rear heavy-duty tow loops. They're a small thing, but as anyone who four-wheels knows, they are very valuable.

    We take any SUV's middle name very seriously, so we tested the H2's utility by stuffing the cargo area with five 31-inch tires. With the third row seat removed and the second row folded forward, we had 86.6 cubic feet of space at our disposal. No problems here.

    The H2 offers excellent interior lighting at night, and it's positioned right where it's needed most. The interior itself is a study in sturdiness and function. It seems busy at first, but the learning curve is brief. Leather seating and a host of accessories makes long trips a breeze.

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    MORE ON THE HUMMER H2.

    http://forums.offtopic.com/showthread.php?t=530593

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    How do those compare to an H1 off-road?
     
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    it was rated worst in initial quality by JD Powers (of ALL vehicles sold in the US) - by a large margin
     
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    I've only seen about a million of them this year alone.


    really, they have only been out a year and I see everyone and there mom driving one.
     
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    too bad it's fugly
     
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    That doubles as a wives grocery getter
     
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    AVOID IT IF: Drawing attention makes you nervous.

    they aren't exactly all that rare anymore :ugh2:
     
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    exactly......I guarantee I would trash that thing off road
     
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    I would never trust "auto" low range EVER.
     
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    I think if I wanted off road capabilities and carrying capacity i'd get a excursion
     
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    The low range is manually engaged and disengaged by the driver.

    Read before you post. :uh:
     
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    Which doesn't do as well off-road as the H2 and isn't produced anymore. :hs:
     
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    I saw 6 G-Wagens today, including an AMG and a 'vert. :cool:
     
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    Well, it looks better than the Nissan Pathfinder Armada. That's all I'll say. :fawk:
     
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    stock for stock, yes the h2 would own the excursion

    but with a Solid front and all the same things you can do to the superduty, you can make them pretty capable.
     
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    there is a guy in my neighborhood who had to rebuild his garage (which was attached to his house) JUST to fit his H2 :rofl:
     
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    The specs for both are at the link at the bottom of the first post.
     
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    33.1:1 Ratio!!! :eek3:
     
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    There isn't a tj in the world that couldn't outwheel that ugly thing.
     
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    Congratulations, you just compared apples and oranges!
     

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