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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-24-2011, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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Commander vs SJ Cherokee

I've decided to add a Commander to my collection of Jeeps. Commander just offers too much to let pass by. I know I want leather seats, in dash Navigation system and the 4.7 V8. I'm not sure on color yet except I know Black is OUT! 2 black Jeeps is enough.

Can someone outline the pros and cons of the newer 4.7 vs the older 4.7?
I'm just looking for some real world feedback on the 2 versions of this motor.

Also, if there are any options to avoid, please let me know. Sometimes there are some options that seem like a good idea, but end up being a nuisance.

I'm replacing my 1982 Cherokee Laredo 2 door. It's due for a major body rebuild and I'm just not up to that task. I've held off because I'm not sold on giving up the sportiness of the 2 door, but Commander offers other things the Cherokee can never hope to achieve. (like 20MPG)

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First your not going to get 20MPG with a XK more like 15MPG. The difference between the two engines is about 30HP. I have the old one it's more then enough power then needed.


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First your not going to get 20MPG with a XK more like 15MPG. The difference between the two engines is about 30HP. I have the old one it's more then enough power then needed.
Actually, I had the opportunity to do a long term test drive of an 06 sport with a 4.7. I get 19 MPG on the highway 14 in town. On a 600 mile trip I got 16 pulling a 5x8 enclosed trailer! Last week I hit 20 MPG while on a 200 mile trek at 70 MPH.

This Commanders EVIC was a little optimistic on the mileage number so I did my own calculations, fuel used vs miles traveled.

I agree that the 4.7 in the 06 seems to be plenty powerful. I'm having a hard time finding the options I want while avoiding the 5.7 engine.
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Well bro I would by that one then because that XK is the exception to the rule for MPG's. I can hit 17MPG on the highway but normally I get get about 15MPG for normal operation. Not sure why your shying away from the 5.7 the MPG's across all three engines is actually minimal and there only separated by a couple of MPG's at best. I think the 3.7 guys would drool over 20MPG


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I find it no surprise the V6 Commander has problems getting good mileage. That V6 has to work mighty hard to motivate a vehicle as large as the Commander.

My dad had 2 Dodge Maxivans. One had a 360 and one with a 318. The 360 always got better mileage than the overworked 318.

With my light foot, I could probably do well with the 5.7 too. So you are probably right, 4.7 and 5.7 will be similar economy for me.

That 5.7 must be a lot of GO! when you punch it.
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I find it no surprise the V6 Commander has problems getting good mileage. That V6 has to work mighty hard to motivate a vehicle as large as the Commander.

My dad had 2 Dodge Maxivans. One had a 360 and one with a 318. The 360 always got better mileage than the overworked 318.

With my light foot, I could probably do well with the 5.7 too. So you are probably right, 4.7 and 5.7 will be similar economy for me.

That 5.7 must be a lot of GO! when you punch it.
It definitely is ! I've owned mine for 4 years and still get a thrill out of the acceleration.

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First your not going to get 20MPG with a XK more like 15MPG. The difference between the two engines is about 30HP. I have the old one it's more then enough power then needed.

I second that!!. 15MPG average IF i'm lucky!! 600 Mile trip to Atlanta from Northern VA averaged 17.8MPG. Unless you drive ALL highway you're definitely not going to get 20MPG, even if you do drive all highway you're gonna be short of 20MPG...maybe with a strong tailwind. (I'm driving 4.7 Flex Fuel)
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I have the 3.7 and I get about 15 -17 city depending upon my pedal habits. I also drove from Michigan to Maryland a week ago, almost a 600 mile trip, and averaged about 19.5. On cool days with the summer blend of gas with my cruise set at 60-65 I was getting a little over 22. I don't think that's too shabby.
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Well, I guess I must be lucky. I'm still driving my dad's Commander and still getting......
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I just put new plugs, oil and air filter before this 800 mile round trip. 21MPG from St.Cloud MN to Madison WI and 20.2 on the way back. Knocking around the hilly countryside of southern WI, I get 17.3.

I hope I can get this kind of mileage performance from whatever one I decide to buy.

The more I drive it the better I like it. I can't understand why this was such a poor seller for Jeep. It is like a 21st century Wagoneer!
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i have an 06 4.7 and a 3.7 the 4.7 since new plugs I hit 22 all the time on the highway at 75 and i hit 23 with the v6 on the highway and the 4.7 with the mods ive done is more motor than needed I love the sound of my engine too and the 3.7 isnt to bad either with mods plenty of power, whatever you chose youll be happy.

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