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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-07-2011, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Which Jeep Commander would you buy??

i am looking at purchasing a jeep commander. I have found 2 in my town both red and both around the same asking price. The difference: option 1 is 2006 4x4 63,000 miles Limited V8 with DVD and Navigation. option 2 is 2008 v6 4x4 42000 miles pretty basic everything. except it has sweet black/silver wheels. both are in priced about $17,500. Which will give me best bang for my buck? i don't drive all that much, my daily commute is about 8 miles, and i have a 20 mile commute once a week. are either of these a good choice for me?
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Some decisions you have to make yourself. For example I test drove 06's with the 37, 47, and 57, and I'd never buy a Commander with the 37, at the same time, a lot of people here already have.

Either way I'd try to talk them down, it's a big gas guzzling non-aerodynamic box, with gas near 4.00 a gallon, they should be happy to move something like that even if it's for less than asking.
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For sure talk that 06 down there asking to much. You will have to decide for your self what you plan on doing with the Jeep. They both have different 4x4 systems in them. Also with a 8 mile drive to work your in the extreme maintenance area there is now way you will make it to operating temperature. If I were you I would ride a bike to work being that close


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If you're only going with those 2 options then it doesn't seem like a contest at all. The best one would be the 2006. The Limited V8 with navigation alone would put it 2 or 3k above another 06 without those options. And considering that the mileage isn't too far off it wouldn't make sense to go with the 08. BUT, if you're never going to need navigation or the offroading/towing capabilities of the V8 then you might as well go for the 08 because it's newer and does have less miles.

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Don't rush in! Keep looking you will find the one. But I would stick with a v8.

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I'd go with the 06 with V8 and extra options.. The difference in miles between the two isn't even a factor IMO. Its not like the 06 has 150k and the 08 has 30k...

I have the 3.7L in my wifes Liberty and honestly, it's lacking there. I couldn't imagine having the 3.7L in my Commander. As stated, gas mileage between the V6 and V8 isn't really going to be that much different....

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If I could do it all over again, I would have gone with the V-8. Keep looking, there's always something that will better suit your needs down the road...

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Just another curiosity, with this being an everyday driver, would i do better finding a 5.7 HEMI? does the cylinder drop help out on gas mileage, how exactly does it work, is it automatic or on demand
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Just another curiosity, with this being an everyday driver, would i do better finding a 5.7 HEMI? does the cylinder drop help out on gas mileage, how exactly does it work, is it automatic or on demand
The cylinder drop is automatic but won't do you any good with a 8 mile commute. All three engines get about the same MPG's believe it or not. The 5.7 costs a little more to maintain then the 4.7 but the 5.7 has more power. The 3.7 barely gets more MPG's then the 4.7 but has less power. The 4.7 is a good middle ground IMO.


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If you're looking at getting a Commander, but just drive it like any other car, well a 2WD V-6 would fit the bill just fine.

I'm perfectly happy with my 2010 Commander Sport V6 w/ QT1 4WD. Mostly daily commute for the wife, or long trips for the family. Drive in the snow and bad weather, occassional mild off-roading, nothing to serious or mud covering. (the QT1 4WD pays off there).

Towing, get the V8.

Serous Off-Roading, Get QTII or QDII 4WD system, which means a V8, they only made a couple V6 w/ QTII.

The vehicle is too big, heavy, brick like aerodynamics with big wheels and gearing to get good mileage. Even the V6 will be in the 16/20 mpg city/hi-way mileage. The V8 are worse, but only by a couple of mpg. You cruise on the hi-way at 75mph or more, with these Aerodynamics, you'll never get better than 16 or 18 mpg.

Its wrong to say the V6 is underpowered, it has "adequate" get up and go for driving on the street and highway, but yes, you will NOT win any drag races. If you want to tow or do anything requiring lots of power, you need the V8.

I test drove a 2007 Hemi, although it did have lots of power, it wasn't going to beat any sports cars either, the vehicle is just too heavy for that. Its a Commander, your looking at the wrong vehicle if you want to accellerate like a sports car. I guess it comes down to personal preference, from what you told us, I don't think you'll be disappointed with the V6, but if your one that has to have more power, then it has to be one of the V8's.


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