Hummer H3 Adventurer 5speed manual 2008

Blue Dog

New Member
Hummer H3 Adventurer 5speed manual, 2008


Good Points
Handles very well on the black top and in the bush,
comfortable seating
great ground clearance and good under body protection,
steering is very smooth in the dirt.
Brakes are strong and give great feedback to the pedal,
top sound system.
4WD high and low ranges have good spread and the super low range crawls up and down steep valleys with ease with the standard rear locker.
Enough gadgets to play with but not to many to be worried about in the outback.

Bad Points
Low tow weight { mines a manual 1300kg }
poor head lights
no inline fuel filter
The attention

What mods have you done?
Custom rock sliders
Custom Roof rack
Roof lights
Duel battery charging system
Safari Snorkle
Extended rear shackles
raised torsion bars
Rancho RS9000XL shocks rear
Hella driving lights
Front Brush bar
UHF Radio
33" Mickey Thompson MTZ
Incubus 16 x 8 rims
Weather sheilds

What mods are on the list to do?
SAW Torsion bars
Winch with custom mount
rear draws
centre fridge mounts and storage
Lap top swing and inverter


Why did you buy this vehicle?
As a package had what I was after, small size, easy to drive and reasonable fuel range { which has been better than expected } ,with what it had as standard was the best buy for me.

How often do you go offroad?
once a month

What will your next vehicle be?
H1
 

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millsy

4x4 Earth Contributer
Goin' green. Your at one end, I'm at the other ( 26 year old little Patrol with no mods ). Maybe we will cross paths one day out there in the srcub. Enjoy your new rig - looks like it'll do it all!
 

Patriot

Administrator
Hey Bluey,

That looks cool. A H3 is my 'if money was no option' choice for a 4WD. I hear they are really capable off road.

Have fun!

James
 

Blue Dog

New Member
Yeah the 3 is great off road and not to bad on the black top either a bit slow but its a 4b no need to go fast,
It has surprised allot of the guys I wheel with at how good it is in the bush they were ribbing me about getting one saying they were only road ponies but that has changed now.
I went out on a weekend with a couple of H1's a H2 and a 100 series and I went everywhere they did, they did managed a river crossing abit easier than the 3 due to their clearances and the 2 and 100 had lift kits { and skill }, I was still at stock height then but now that I have an extra 75mm clearance should be better.

I would advise anyone wanting to get one to put up with the three month wait and get the manual adventurer over the auto luxury it has better off road options standard.
 

Nickj

5th Annual Victorian Gathering member
It's a very sxc car Blue Dog. I think everyone on here got a boner! Can you say that on here?
Prepare to be moderated ! ! !
We need to see it at O'Tooles in November. Got some good test tracks 4 U!

Go on 4X4 give Blue Dog a personal invite!

Nick
 

Sharky

New Member
good luck gettin parts for that in the outback ;):D

The down sides u mentioned all seem easily overcome. How's the articulation?
 

Blue Dog

New Member
Yeah have run into the hassal of getting parts in the out back when the first set of front Rancho shocks snapped in half at winton but managed to addapt some ford shocks to get us the rest of the trip back home, but then again parts for alot of late models in the out back could be a problem with someone having it on the shelf that is where good freight companies or bus companies come in to play delivering stuff;).

I have fixed up some of the down sides of it.

Front has very little articulation, it is better now I have the standard front shocks back on it and ditched the Rancho 9000XL's from the front.
The rear is good it has plenty of movement, looking into doing a shackle lift soon and converting the suspension over to Fox shocks.
 

Sharky

New Member
Yeah I kinda knew that, I just wanted to hear your personal opinion. Those things r well known for being unstoppable.........until it comes time to climb over stuff.

What's it like to park? I know it's not that big as far as hummers go but whats the turning ability like in tight spots?

I've seen heaps of em on the roads over here but haven't been able to talk to anyone who has 1.
 

Blue Dog

New Member
Hey Sharky

Had no hassles climbing over stuff so far, with the rear locker it will push over on the under body rails ok, at the stock height it is a bit low but with the Tbars up and the 33 tyres it has allot more clearance, most of these you will see are the luxury autos and have no locker and don't have the superlow range of the manual of 68:1 with 4.03:1 transfer so they dont climb as good.
Turn is awsome it has a very small turning circle 11m from memory had no problems getting in and out of spots so far and out turns mates navaras and pathfinders they do three and four point turns to my u turn.
I find parking a breeze but then again my normal drive is a F150 LWB with canopy so parking something this small with the better vision is going to be easy for me anyway.
Even my sister finds it easy to drive and manouver compared to her PT Cruiser.

Good luck talking to someone with one I have been ignored by other owners of them over here even when I have parked behind them in a servo. maybe it was the old cloths, scruffy hair, beard and thongs hmmm:confused:
 

grit

Member
There is no vehicle built with no compromise to its off-road ability straight from the factory (at-least that I know of). I think Hummer would be very close to the top of that list. I look forward to meeting up on the trail sometime.
 

Sharky

New Member
Good luck talking to someone with one I have been ignored by other owners of them over here even when I have parked behind them in a servo. maybe it was the old cloths, scruffy hair, beard and thongs hmmm:confused:

I hear ya mate. It sh1ts me how people judge by looks. I'm a tradesman with a beard myself & on occasion will dress up in an expensive suit & hit the casino. It's AMAZING how differently people treat u when u SHOW u have $$. They don't even consider that maybe I drive an average (highly modified but avarage) type of car & dress in jeans & moto-x jersey coz I want too, not coz I can't afford betta. The funny part is that I'd bet that I earn more money in less hrs per week than they do. The other difference is I own everything I have.

It just goes to show that happyness is contentment with what u have, not false belief in wot u think other people perceive u to be, & posh snobs r just shallow minded & afraid of the truth.

U might b glad to know u r not alone........we took the moto-x bikes out to a popular riding spot last w-end. When we returned, there were many more cars & bikes along with a H2 hummer with BLING & it had big $$$ written all over it (figure of speach). I was surpised to see it off rd......then this BABE from their group walks up & asks me if I had a spare spark plug........my mind raced with sooooooooo many things I could say. Of course I gave em 1.

Enuf of my babble......u enjoy ya hummer mate & stick it up em!
 

grit

Member
...set of front Rancho shocks snapped in half at winton but managed to addapt some ford shocks to get us the rest of the trip back home...

I have fixed up some of the down sides of it.

Front has very little articulation, it is better now I have the standard front shocks back on it and ditched the Rancho 9000XL's from the front.

Lots of people swear by the 9000XL's - glad I decided against them and fitted the Rubicons (by Bilstein) instead - gave me exactly the ride I was after and far better travel (14.4 closed to 24.5). Once its spot on - why would you want to have 8 more settings?

I find what works best offroad (for me) also happens to be best for onroad (goes over speed humps like they are not there).
 
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