Hello from First Time Jeep Owner
I posted in the Owner Registration Sticky as well but wanted to hop on into the General Forum ring to say hello to all of you...
Just picked up our new to us 2009 Commander Limited Hemi this week! We have been stuck in a Ford rut for years being forced to go back to Ford due to X-Plan and us driving over lease mileage and having to get miles waived and into a new Ford just to have the cycle start over. NOT THIS TIME... I finally broke the cycle when we bought our 08 Eddie Bauer Explorer off lease and flipped it to a private seller because we had decent equity in it (believe it or not). So we had a clean slate and could get anything we wanted (within budget)! First time ever.
My wife and I have a 10 month old son (Miles) and a Golden Retriever (Brody) so we needed a family hauler. We live in NE Ohio and we have a beach vacation home that we put jet skis in and out off the beach so 4x4 is a must.
I think my wife and I drove just about every possible SUV out there... looking for a CPO (certified pre owned) all the way. No more lease and no more new. After all the choices and test drives... we actually came down to two options which were sorta opposite spectrums: 2009 Jeep Commander and Acura MDX! Well after exhastive research and drives and some dealing the Jeep had a new home. In the end the Jeep had the most bang for the buck, looked the best and drove pretty spectacular... plus the MDX has the AWD and no 4LO and they charge for every extra thing the Jeep already had on it not to mention maintenance/parts costs being 5 times higher if something did happen to the Acura. In the end it was an easy choice as we have always wanted a Jeep. My wife loves the looks... she is one hot jeep driving mom now! No minivans here...
Honestly we love the look as is..., but I can't wait to start finding some accessories for it. Just purchased a set of Weathertech Mats for it and got the OttoStep for my Golden as the back sits a bit higher than our Explorer did.
One question on regular maintenance... the dealer just did an oil change and the Jeep only has 20K miles on it... so I am good for a while but it seems like most use the Mobil 1 brand filters and synthetic oil for changes in the Hemi (or royal purple). What about K&N lifetime air filters? Anyone use these? Any help on simple maintance "best bets" would be great... Looking to keep this Jeep a long time!
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2009 Jeep Commander Limited 4x4, Hemi 5.7L, Loaded with all options (Nav., DVD, Heated front and rear Leather Seats, Command View Roof, Roof Rails, Appearance Package, Tow Package, Remote Start, MyGig, Third Row, Backup Camera, heated mirros, etc... ) Brilliant Black Pearl with Dark Slate Interior. WeatherTech Liners with OttoStep for my Golden Retriever!