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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-03-2009, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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Is Commander a disappointment after XJ 4dr?

Our 95 XJ is coming up to 400k kms./240k mi and is one of our dd's but with 4" RE lift for dog sports (herding/agility/etc).
Willing to keep it around because it just won't die by itself.
Thinking of picking up a new 4.7l Sport S group as replacement daily drive.
Don't want a higher trim package with 3 dog crates and associated tents/ cargo required for training and trials. Before you ask yes...it's often...look at the mileage and the driver works only 15 minutes from home.
Question is-can the Commander live up to being a replacement for a hard working vehicle after the rear row(s) of seats are removed?
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If you are looking for a vehicle with great off-road capability, v8 power, and enough room to carry all your gear then I think that the XK will be exactly what you are looking for. If you have an XJ and don't think you will like the XK then you should probably just buy a newer/lower mileage cherokee.

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If you are looking for a vehicle with great off-road capability, v8 power, and enough room to carry all your gear then I think that the XK will be exactly what you are looking for. If you have an XJ and don't think you will like the XK then you should probably just buy a newer/lower mileage cherokee.
Thanks for the input.
Been looking for an 01 (last model year)xj because they're so reliable and also with our 07 Wrangler unlimited rubicon we have lots of fun potential.
Unfortunately although the 07 is great it doesn't have the storage capacity the xj does due to the roll cage.
Question is for previous xj owners whether they noticed an increase or decrease in funtionality.
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Thanks for the input.
Been looking for an 01 (last model year)xj because they're so reliable and also with our 07 Wrangler unlimited rubicon we have lots of fun potential.
Unfortunately although the 07 is great it doesn't have the storage capacity the xj does due to the roll cage.
Question is for previous xj owners whether they noticed an increase or decrease in funtionality.
I owned an 01 XJ for five years as my prior daily driver. The motivation for me to go to an XK was two fold. First I wanted more comfort. DEFINITELY got that with the XK. I bought a 200 pound snow blower three weeks ago and it fit right in the back. I could never have done that with the XJ. Secondly, I wanted more room for cargo and more comfort and back support for second row passengers. I got that as well.

The added benefits were that I have what I believe to be the safest poor weather vehicle with the XK. While I felt safe in the XJ, the XK gives me top shelf control in snow and ice. I had the part time 4WD in my XJ sport and found it to be very limiting when compared to the XK.

That all being said, with only 88K on the clock of my XJ, I kind of wish I kept it around and not traded it in. Wifey would not let me keep two Jeeps around. It was the pinnacle of reliability for me, requiring only tires, brakes and oil during the 69K I drove it, and one would never have known it was seven years old. There is something appealing about the pure utilitarianism of the XJ, but as I have gotten older, I found the need for more creature comforts with my daily driver.

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Well stated ILCommander
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My wife had a 99 XJ. I hated driving it, I just couldn't get the driving postion ajusted right. I traded it in on a 02 Tacoma 4door. I liked it, She hated it. She now has a 06 Commander - we are both very happy with it.
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I own two XJ's a 96 and a 97. I love these bulletproof vehicles and will keep them forever. For me the XK is too expensive to take out in the boonies and get it all scratched up, dented or break things. I bought the XK because I wanted some of the bells and whistles of the 21st Century plus I only buy Jeeps. The Commander has options I didn't even know existed and it's style and class is unsurpassed. When I cruise down the road in my Commander I never see another vehicle that I think looks nicer or that I would want to own. The Commander has it all and nothing says American more than JEEP. (you will see my photo under "flag waver" in the dictionary)haha
You'll be hard pressed to find a vehicle more capable than an XJ to serve your off road needs. Most people are not hardcore off roaders and your Commander just might serve your needs in style.
Like ILCommander said as I've gotten older (I'm 64) I found the need for creature comforts more appealing.
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I have only 500 miles on a new '08 Commander Overland so I am new to this model. But so far I can say that in the all-time record 60" of snow for December alone here in Spokane, WA, that I am TOTALLY impressed with the Q-Drive II. I've never owned an XJ but my guess is that the Commander's extra weight is a downside when offroad compared to the XJ but the Q-Drive II is pretty impressive stuff. I also have an '04 Rubicon on dedicated studded snows.

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Funny, we just got back from Spokane last night and I'm amazed at how poorly the roads are maintained. Ice bumps everywhere! In fact, I damn near hit my front bumper on the ground when we hit an ice hole coming out of "Dicks" where we had lunch. If we'd had a smaller car or truck, it would have been ugly. Spokane is the only place where everyone goes "off-roading" down the main streets in the winter!

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Funny, we just got back from Spokane last night and I'm amazed at how poorly the roads are maintained. Ice bumps everywhere! In fact, I damn near hit my front bumper on the ground when we hit an ice hole coming out of "Dicks" where we had lunch. If we'd had a smaller car or truck, it would have been ugly. Spokane is the only place where everyone goes "off-roading" down the main streets in the winter!
... hence, the new Commander. Downtown is the worst I've ever seen. Mid December we had an all-time record 19" of snowfall in a 24-hour period which put the snow removal equipment so far behind that they haven't been able to keep up since. Coeur'dAlene, ID, our neighbor, had 75" in December alone. We have major box store closures due to roofs caving in.

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