Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Near Detroit Michigan
Length alert!!! This reply is longer than I had anticipated! You've been warned!
I dunno about changing your mind; sometimes "buyer's remorse" is right on the money and the purchase wasn't a good fit from the git-go.
That being said, you may take a fairly large financial hit - depends on what you paid for the Commander, of course, and what the local market will bring for it.
If you cannot afford a truck, and a truck is what you want, selling the Commander may leave you with the same problem - wanting one type of vehicle while being able to afford only a different type. (Thus the lack of a Ferrari in my driveway...).
However - the mirror issue may be easily resolved; I've added convex mirrors to the bottom of each of the outside mirrors on my '08 Commander and adjusted them properly with the interior mirror to remove any blind spots. If the issue is one of rear vision, perhaps adding a rear view camera linked to a screen on the dash might resolve the issue. Such camera setups have come down in price over the last couple of years. I can't comment on the practicality of such a system for you - everyone's mileage varies.
There are things I would improve on my '08; I'd prefer better seats (I've the standard cloth interior), there are times when I long for a Hemi (I've the six banger), I'm still using the cockeyed magnetic CB antenna when on the highway (I've not yet gotten around to purchasing/installing the left front fender CB antenna).
Overall, tho, as I walk through parking lots or watch other vehicles on the road I see nothing that I would prefer to drive on a daily basis better than I like my Jeep.
The key is "on a daily basis" - on the highway some days I regret selling my Corvette and Marauder; on nice days I miss the Wrangler I returned to the dealer for the Commander, and so on.
I'd recommend making a list - what features of the Commander disappoint you that you cannot upgrade, what features are missing that you cannot add, what characteristics of the vehicle make it unpalatable to you.
If you absolutely, positively must have a pickup bed - then the Commander (and your checkbook) are doomed. If it's a vague dissatisfaction with the way the Jeep rides or handles, or the sound system is sub-par (my Jeep's sound system...well, let's just say it's better than having an A.M. transistor radio hanging from the rear view mirror...but not by much), such items as those can be addressed without replacing the entire vehicle.
(I'm waiting for the stock tires to wear out on my '08; I really want something with more aggressive tread that is better in deep snow - but not enough to take the financial hit of discarding good tires for better ones before the good tires are worn out).
I look at Jeeps (Commander, Wrangler, et. al.) as good starting points; to me these vehicles cry out for customization. Each Jeep owner can make the vehicle their own; if the owner likes big tires, then slap big tires on the beastie. I had a winch on my last Wrangler even though I don't go off roading or camping. I simply loved the looks of the thing on the Jeep (and knowing it was fully functional was a bonus).
Is there a way to modify your new Commander to bring it in line with what would be the perfect vehicle for you? If the answer is, "No, I screwed this one up, I really want/need a pickup" then I'd advise letting the Jeep go to a new home where it will be happy and you get the pickup truck you really want/need.
Only you can determine if the Commander is a poor fit for your needs and desires (and don't get confused, "needs" and "desires" are sometimes contradicting specs).
HTH a little bit - I've titled over 40 vehicles since I got my first car in 1966 and not all of them have been happy matches. I bought this T-Bird in the dark once and in the daylight...well, never mind about that. The short answer is, if you can fix the Commander to meet your desires, go for it. If you can't then accept that you've made a mistake and move on.
(There are many a driver who can relate to your pain; hope you get the issue resolved).
Last edited by FmrVette; 09-08-2011 at 03:01 PM.
Reason: improved wording; original ending seemed snarky.