Guys, I am considering a commander to replace my XJ cherokee but have seen some conflicting reports as to the MPG. What are you actually getting? Not what the sticker says which seems to be a little overly optomistic.
How reliable are they actually? Im a jeep guy and I know they're never perfect but the problems section of the forum has me a little freaked about buying one. Seems like lots of water leaks, I already have that with the cherokee and dont want to really fight that fight again.
Any honest advice would be appreciated.
I picked up an '08 a couple of weeks ago, off the show room floor.
Thru rainstorms and car washes, no leaks so far.
City/highway is 19.7 mpg combined with 3.7 six banger and full time 4wd; a lot of that was last week on two lane blacktops thru Indiana and Ohio, hills, inclement weather. The 3.7 obviously no hemi, but the vehicle has no trouble keeping up with traffic
However, build quality seems to be fine - no leaks, squeaks, rattles, misformed or out of alignment body panels. Paint is good.
More wind noise than I would expect at 65 mph, but nothing objectionable - esp. since I came from the TJ
. Tires aren't especially noisy, but on some surfaces they make their presence known.
Radio system decent (I've the basic model stock speakers); nothing that will knock your socks off, but it's not bad. I've fallen in love with the SAT radio.
It's certainly early days for me on this vehicle, but so far I'm massively pleased. It does appear some of the work that I normally do myself (i.e., changing spark plugs) will be more difficult than on the TJ.
The manual on the '08 recommends oil changes at 6,000 miles, but it seems most here on the forum change oil at 3,000 when using conventional. Oil changes look like they are easily done w/o using jack stands.
Maybe someone with lots of mileage could chime in?