Jeep Commander?

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  1. family KJ

    family KJ JPOTM WINNER

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    Well, it is time to rid of the mini van for the wife and looking for an SUV. What can anyone tell me of the commander... 2006-2007.. We are also looking into travel trailers and will be towing with it...Trailer will not be more than 5000 lbs.

    Transmission, diffs, electrical, suspension and all that stuff. I have been reading about them but I wanted to hear some opinions from those who really know what they are talking about. Thanks for your input..
     
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    Hit up the Commander Section back in the main menu area. There are people who own and drive theirs daily. They may have more knowledge. At least more than me.
     
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    dont even think about it! I test drove it and it has NO POWER AT ALL!! Also, to me, it was pretty uncomfortable.
     
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    Also HJ had 1 he rented once you may be able to get some decent answers from him.
     
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    I've driven 4 or 5 of them...every engine.

    LOVE them, love them as much as the LR3.

    I'd recommend a 4.7. Plenty of grunt, plus you get 4 Low.

    If it isn't going to tow of see severe off road, the 3.7 is good too. Had one for a week, kinda doggy above treeline though, but what isn't?

    Now I will say, they are a bit cramped inside, about the same proportionally as the KJ.
    The third row is useless.

    A used LR3 believe it or not is about the same price as an XK, but more roomy.
     
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    3.7s in the XKs are gutless.

    Get at least a 4.7. 5.7 would be ideal
     
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    I just went and reread, since you'll be towing, 4.7.

    A LR3 can tow more, but not my much.

    As far as 4wd, they have 3 modes: AWD, 4 Low, and neutral.

    I probably forgot something, but ask me anything.
     
  8. family KJ

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    I looked at the old threads, not much there. I would only get the 4.7, hemi would be too much for the wife:)

    How about the tranny and electrical (ac, etc)
     
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    Tranny is the 545RFE for the 4.7/5.7s.

    The AC system is pretty potent IIRC, but when I had one in CO I usually had the heat on, pretty good. Seats were good for me.

    Electrical, probably just like any other Jeep or LR, minor glitches here and there, but pretty reliable.

    FWIW, the Limiteds have Rain sense wipers.
     
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    I just Looked at some LR3's, a bit more $$, need to stay below 20k and have some lower mileage. The mini van's lease is up in 2 months so we need to get going. I was also looking at the Durago's, seems they are not put together as well.

    Thanks for the help all, I will start my search. For now, I like the Commander. Let's see what is out there.
     
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    Durangos are steps below an XK or LR3.

    They can tow more, but that's the only redeeming thing. Keep us posted. Are you getting a 4x4?
     
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    Not needed. That is what the KJ is for:)... Since this will be the grocery getter and kid hauler, The wife will "not allow" me to get my hands on it...Maybe I can just paint the rims or sneak on a nice rack for the top, for camping gear of course.
     
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    So 2wd?

    Well....here the options are unlimited then.
     
  14. Marlon_JB2

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    I wouldn't recommend it. That 3rd row is useless. It's a Grand Cherokee shaped like a box, with a few more pounds.

    Reliable though.
     
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    Reliable...Always good to hear

    Here is one.. 2007, 4x4 limited, Hemi, 60k miles...Asking $19k....Is $17k realistic
     
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    What did you end up doing? Did you ever get the commander?
    It is way down in price (brand new) nowadays.
     
  17. family KJ

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    The lease on the wife's mini van is up in December, thought it was this month. I am looking at 3 SUV's..

    Ford Expedition
    Jeep commander
    Nissan Armada

    All 06 or 07... We will be pulling a good size camping trailer so I want to do it comfortably AND have alot of interior room. I just keep looking until the time is up.
     
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    Definitely a Commander!
    Expedition are pretty nice too, a buddy has one and it tows easy and is comfy but I am biased to Jeeps :D
    Armada... eh no thanks... Overpriced weak in the powerband and even worse MPGs then a 4.7 or Hemi, plus I do not like Nissans, haven't ever had a good experience with them.
     
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    Well... Did you get a Commander?
     
  20. Marlon_JB2

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    Yeah, it's January. We should have a result by now. :)