2000 Hummer H1 4-Door Open Top
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2000 H1 Hummer 4-Door Open Top
“…still one of the finest off-road vehicles on the planet.” – Phil Howell, Editor-in-Chief, FourWheeler Magazine
In a veritable sea of four-wheel-drive SUVs, the Hummer H1 stands out. While Jeeps, Land Rovers, and even Ram trucks can claim some attachment to military history, it's just that: “history.” These brands no longer meet many, if any, military specifications. The Hummer, on the other hand, met every such “HMMWV” specification. Indeed, the military version was created for that purpose only, and resulted from a high-stakes competition among three potential contractors: Chrysler Defense, Teledyne, and AM General. The H1 civilian version of the vehicle (built by General Motors after the marketing rights were purchased from AM General in 1999) retains nearly all its military engineering as well as the capabilities that made the Humvee a worldwide icon. In fact, when Hummers were built, they all—military and civilian H1s—started out together on the same assembly line. So in what automotive writers sometimes refer to as the “SUV wars,” only one SUV has actually been to war.
Hummer H1 engineering and power are remarkable: 6.5-liter (396 cubic-inch) turbo-diesel engine producing 194 horsepower and a stump-pulling 430 foot-pounds of torque; full-time 4-wheel drive employing ZEXEL torque-biasing differentials, New Venture Gear 242 transfer case 2.72/1 (almost doubled by the 1.92:1-geared hubs at all four corners, making the overall gear ratio of the H1 5.24:1), and automatic 4-speed gearbox; 4-wheel independent suspension; inboard-mounted (at the differentials) 4-wheel disc brakes; 16-inch ground clearance overall; underbody protection running the full length of the chassis; body built with tough 6061 hardened aircraft aluminum; overall weight of 7,608 pounds; payload of 2,692 pounds.
The H1 offered here—striking in its excellent-condition yellow exterior paint with black trim and star-graphic (removable) on the front door—is a well-maintained example. Showing 79,364 miles overall (or less than 4,500 miles per year), a 2013 engine-replacement at 41k miles means the powerplant is effectively half the age. Other equipment includes the removable soft top, cargo-area roll cage with top-mounted spare tire, front brush guard, front-hinged fiberglass hood, full-width LED off-road light-bar, 37x13.50 Toyo M/T Open Country all-terrain tires, and aftermarket black 20-inch XD rims. The interior—also in outstanding condition—features gray seating (with Hummer embroidery in yellow, matching gray door trim with storage pockets, an upgraded Clarion sound system with enhanced speakers, and a Momo steering wheel accented in yellow. And yes, there are cupholders.
This impressive Hummer H1 definitely makes a statement, on or off-road. In either environment, expect to be noticed… and respected.