Now...I did owned a 04 WJ for a few years and it was a great suv or me. It really didnt have any issues... just the blend door problem and it had the 4.7 in it which was a little weak... and Ive been reading these motors are having issues with valves, so should I be looking at the hemi? I cant go with the 3.7 for the reason of owning a 4,000lbs boat and the mpg I could careless about since gas is waaay cheaper then when I had my WJ, think I was paying almost 5 a gallon at the time. So yeah... just looking for a little insight... is there a 3-4 big things I should know about these before I start my search?
Commanders are good vehicles, but just like with your BMW, you have to maintain them - some, more then others, depending on how well the owner before you took care of it, and drove it, which is the X-Factor, if you will.
I'm sure most people will tell you get the Hemi - if you can find one, in good shape and without tons of miles on it.
I will say this, most people do not trade in, or sell a vehicle, if it's running great. Any vehicle you look at you should go through with a fine tooth comb - even the CARFAX reports don't tell you everything you need to know. When I bought mine which only had 62,000 miles on it when I bought it as the 2nd owner, and it was bone-stock. My Commander looked & seemed to run great.
However, after I had it 6-8 weeks, I discovered 5 or 6 different issues that I had to fix that were not readily apparent when I test drove the vehicle. Someone mentioned checking that you can shift into and out of 4-LOW - I would definitely check that several times before you buy one.
You can go to the website URL below and plug in the VIN of the vehicle you are looking at to see if all the factory re-calls have been completed:
You can go the website URL below to get the factory build sheet; You can also order an owner's manuals from this same website if your vehicle didn't come with a factory owner's manual.
To get the factory build sheet for the Commander you are looking at, or for the Commander you have already bought, click on "Your Vehicle" click on "Equipment Listing" and then enter your VIN number in the box that says "VIN" and hit "Search". The factory build sheet will list all of the factory options / optional equipment packages that your vehicle had installed from the factory when it was built.
You mentioned having the 4.7L in your old WJ; Well 2008 was a big year of improvement for the 4.7L; It went from putting out 235HP in 2007 to putting out 305HP in 2008.
You also had a HP jump in the Hemi in 2009; from 330HP in 2008 to 357HP in 2009.
Click on the link below and you will see a chart of all the Commander power plants with the factory HP & Torque specs from 2005 -2010; Commanders were only manufactured from 2006-2010, in case you were not aware:
I would suggest looking for a Commander Model Year 2008 or later, as the earlier 2006 & 2007 models had some issues that were ironed out in the 2008 & later models. Now that being said, there are other issues that seem to be pretty consistent through all of the model years.
I hope this info helps you with your search, good luck - and let us know how you make out.