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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-06-2007, 02:17 AM Thread Starter
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2008 Commander Limited - Which Options?

I've been lurking for the last week or so here - great group. We haven't decided on which vehicle, but we are interested in the Commander and so we test drove the Commander this weekend - its a fairly solid vehicle. However, it was the V6 and felt underpowered on the highway, especially when trying to pass another vehicle. I have been told that the V8, or Hemi, will be a very significant difference - what are your experiences?

Also, what options are "must haves" on the Commander?
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I have a V6 at the moment, and I would definitely not recommend it. Although it isn't bad, it's still just a little over 200 hp... I mean come on. You should get the Hemi though... we're American's right! And you know you don't have to ask if there's a very significant difference... unless over 100 hp and lb/ft isn't significant.

As for options........................................... ................................ I would say the Exterior Appearance Package or the Quadra-Drive II 4x4 Group.

Good luck!
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I have the Hemi and wouldnt trade it for the world. Very powerful and smooth. Gas mileage sucks, but from what I am reading on this thread they all suck. With the Hemi and driven like an old lady figure on best of 15 around town and 18 on highway. But, while I drive very conservatively, there are THOSE OCCASSIONS when I REALLY enjoy the power. john
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I have the 4.7 V8 and I can tell you it has more than enough power. Test drive a V8 and I'm sure you will agree. The hemi is more power than I need, plus more money and worse gas milage so it dIdn't make sense for me. I don't think you test drove a Limited because you only have two engine choices, the 4.7 or Hemi.
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You can almost flip a coin to decide betwen the 4.7 and 5.7. I love the Hemi and the reason I purchased it is 1.) listed as one of the 10 best engines in the world for many years running. 2.) I thought if I ever resold it it would have more resale value. 3.) It's pretty cool when you step on it.
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The 4.7 is a very good, solid engine. The 5.7 is a new classic.

That being said, unless you really need or want the HEMI, the 4.7 is more than enough. The v6 is underpowered, I have driven all 3, and I would not buy an XK with the 3.7.
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I would agree with my colleagues here. I have the Hemi, and while it is absolutely fantastic, it gets the worst gas mileage I have ever seen, especially in traffic. Here i get about 11-13 mpg per tank, and it only has a 20 gallon gas tank, so you have to fill it up alot. The 4.7L is a great engine, I had it on my dodge pickup. It'll do the job, so at least get that, but definitely not the V6. As for options, I love the automatic seat/mirror adjustment and the DVD player is fantastic if you have kids or you are riding in the back coming home from a bar.
All in all, this is the greatest vehicle I have ever owned!
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I got the Hemi in my '07 and it is my favorite feature, it is quiet smooth and has gobs of power. BUT, it takes careful attention and an iron will to keep it in that 40 to 60 mph band where the MDS is 'on' and gas mileage approaches respectibility.

Now, to get my cherished Hemi I had to get many expensive options I don't normally even consider - like leather seats, power sun roof, rain sensing wipers, smart beam headlights, heated front seats, dual zone climate control, front and rear Heat/AC and the remote start feature. That is whole lotta ka-ching$$$.

Still even with that it is a great value vis a vis its competitors, and it'll fit in the garage unlike the neighbors Suburbans and Expeditions.
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I too love my Hemi, It provides a little more power and make a great sound when you get on it. The cost of the 4.7 might work out better in the long run with rising gas prices, but the 5.7 is a powerful machine and moves the commander with ease.





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Other options that I like.. I love Uconnect as I am on the phone all the time. This will be a must have for all future vehicles. Also the auto rain wipers and auto dim have been exceptional. I am displeased with the REC nav system.
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