[DMCForum] FW: Hummer H2 vs. Tahoe
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[DMCForum] FW: Hummer H2 vs. Tahoe





Let's look at what is similar in the H2 to the Yukon.  A lot of the interior (seats, DVD/NAV system, a/c, steering wheel, dash cluster, switches) are shared with the Yukon.  As is the engine/transmission and computer.  According to the Hummer design team, approximately 40% of the parts in the H2 are shared.  The rear suspension was heavily modified from the Suburban 3/4 ton.  The approach angle is 40.4 degrees with a departure angle of 39.6 degrees.  I have been in a hummer that literally climbed into a loading dock.

The frame is HEAVILY modified in that it is essentially a 3/4 ton truck frame in the front and a 1/2 ton in the rear.  However, it is so heavily modified it is not recognizable as anything on a Tahoe.

The hummer also benefits from major underbody protection that none of the other's have in the form of skid plates and protective cages.

The front suspension is unique to the H2.  It has a 46mm monotube gas shock and 35.9mm tubular front stabilizer bar.  The front axle is designed for off-road use and can cary 4,000lbs.  The dampers are also unique to this truck with a 40mm center tube (not found on any other GM product)

The transfer case is unique to the H2 with it being a full-time 4WD with Traction control.

I suspect the brakes are from the 3/4 ton Suburban.

You might as well say the truck is a rebadged corvette, because the engine is essentially a modified LS6 Corvette engine.

Because it has the same engine/tranny combo and shares some systems (many GM vehicles do that) I think it is unfair to call it a rebadged Tahoe.  It sure doesn't look anything like a Tahoe, nor does it share it's dimensions.  GM put a good vehicle together in record time and was able to do it as economical as possible with off the shelf components.  I can't fault them for that.  if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

As you can tell I am a fan of the Hummer.  I have a unique perspective being the former owner of a 2000 Yukon, and a current owner of a 2004 H2, a 1995 H1 (5.7 l gas engine) , a 2006 Yukon Denali and of course a 1981 De Lorean (#6859).  I suppose it is like calling a De Lorean a rebadged Lotus (probably an easier reference then the Air Force One being compared to a commercial 747).  I am more of a fan of automobiles in general then just Hummers.  I can't justify a 13MPG hummer in a 65 mile one way commute. An 18MPG Denali is easier on the wallet with the same comfort and less middle fingers being waved.  But the Hummer has been used numerous times since my employer  doesn't  accept excuses no matter what weather or national event has occured, for not showing up at work.  Also, look at how many H1's and H2's came to the rescue in the hurricane relief. I wouldn't have brought my Yukon to that event!

Hopefully some subject matter knowledge can go a long way on this issue. Besides.......what is wrong with the Tahoe/Yukon in the first place?


Nate

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