Picked up the Commander yesterday, and had to rush back to Yarmouth to meet the guy who bought my Volvo. I was a bit surprised that my average mpg was only 18.3, at 80mph which looks bloody scary until I remember the to multiply by 1.2 to give imperial MPG of 21.6 at which point its a little disappointing. I know its a brick, but the average on these is supposed to be 26 mpg combined imperial and I usually get over the combined figure. I knocked up a conversion sheet and put in the car so I can keep an eye on it once I dial back the speed to under 70 on my daily drive to work, as right now diesel in the UK is just shy of $10 an imperial gallon.
The engine can pull the car along nicely, surging past lesser metal in the mid range, but I avoided unduly revving it as it didn't seem that kind of vehicle, best to ride the torque. It was a good drive home, but the park sensors go ape when I get there as I live down a narrow road so it beeps like made to the left and right of me, then goes extra mental pulling into my drive as its only a couple of foot wider than the car. Then I found the button to turn them off.
These things have no space in them. I'm only 5ft 7inches and even I wondered what to do with my left leg, and what's with the big hump of plastic under the steering column that I've gotta dodge to get on the brakes. I didn't notice on the test drive, but I guess as I relax with the car I'll get my driving position sorted out. They're also tight in the middle row, and forget the back.
The height on the boot floor particularly with the 3rd floor folded in a royal PITA, when you've gotta swing an elderly 35+kg retriever into the back. The shih tzu is less of a problem
, although on the plus side you don't have to reach far for the shopping.
And you know what?..........I don't give a monkies
It was bought for the looks and feel, not to be a very practical vehicle.
Still love it, but cant touch anything until the warranty is up in 6 months.
Now I've had a pukka look around I can now find faults. The side of the NSF under bumper trim doesn't lock properly into the edge of bottom under bumper trim and the drivers door handle cup has started to crack. Luckily its the only one, so I'm going to be real careful with it and do the fibreglass repair on the backs of all of them. It pulls ever so slightly left and has a slight vibration, that I only notice when driving around town. Also the drivers edge has started to split, and the NS drivers mirror wobbles. So in other words I've got all the usual Commander symptoms.
On the design side, its sheer laziness leaving the handbrake lever on the left and I wish we could have the proper rear bumper cut out for the tow bar. I assume a tow pack would've had one, but you don't seem many Jeeps around here.
The only repairs in its history are replace one wheel arch moulding, replacing gearbox adapter plug to fix gearbox leak, recall G40, replace leaking turbo pipe and turbo pipe assembly as breather box full of oil, replace NSR door trim as cracked (£266 ex tax - gulp!), rear wiper trim cracked, replaced all 4 alloys as corroded (£947), replaced another leaking turbo pipe, replace oil cooler leaking (£555).
Lets see what else Jeep ownership brings me.