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Lease buy out '06 Commander

Our lease is up the end of Jan '09. The buy out $12,500.
We have 31,000 miles on her and have not had any of the troubles I have read about.
This being our first leased vehicle, does this seem like a fair buy out price?
It's stardard '06 with the 3.7l engine and nothing extra, just the base Commander. My wife loves it (primary driver). Also the kids love driving it. I'm torn as the gas mileage stinks. I did a long trip before new years, drove to Maine from CT, fully loaded, 7 people and a soft clam on top. Got about 15.5 mpg. On the return trip it was only me, 19 mpg. I don't drive fast or hard, averaged about 68 mph. Is this about the best it'll do for gas mileage?

Thanks, Pete
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You got 19mpg in a commander and think that sucks? It's shaped like a brick, I don't think you'd get any better....

But, I'd think you could do better than 12500 on an 06 commander 3.7 stripper model. I could be wrong, but that seems high.
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19mpg does suck since my daily ride is a Toyota Corolla @ 38mpg.
I was quite surprised at the mileage difference, I can live with the 19mpg, but it rarely goes anywhere without a load of people and gear.
$12,500 is what Chrysler Finacial wants for it. We are going to the dealer to see what, if anything they can do. With this economy who wants another used SUV on their lot?

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Try putting all seven people in the Corolla and the clamshell on top and compare...borrow a shoehorn if needed. Do not eat Burritos the day before...
The factory warranty is up soon on the Jeep unless you have extended. If you can walk away with no money in then consider a newer model of the truck. No, they do not want a large vehicle and that goes for the newer ones also.
If you want better mileage with a SUV then consider a crossover. Some do quite well.
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Sounds to me like the rest your family like the Commander better than you do. I think you and your wife have to first decide if you want to own a Commander, with all its capability and with the known gas mileage that it gets.

If the answer is yes, I would shop around. Then you'll know if it is a good deal or not. I'm not sure myself.
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I have the 3.7L and average about 18mpg combined city/hwy. On hwy trips I usually get 21-23mpg fully loaded.

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Packed the 5 us in for a 8 hour ride to western NY, cramped, but still broke 35 mpg.

Are there any known serious issues beyond the warranty that have come up repeatably?
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Packed the 5 us in for a 8 hour ride to western NY, cramped, but still broke 35 mpg
Oh no doubt. My point was the corolla will never be able to do what the Commander does and vice versa. I know what you mean as one of my other cars is a Honda Civic and it averages 40mpg. A far cry from the 17.5 my Jeep does but I can't put all the folks, the gear, and tow a trailer with the civic. You pay your money and makes your choice..

Could not tell you about warranty issues..others could. I just wondered that if you like the Jeep and could get into a newer one with a full warranty at an attractive rate and/or price then it would be my choice. Parts have a strange habit of failing two minutes after the warranty is up (or seem to..lol).
If mpg is your main concern, you should stick to the corolla or a different crossover. The shape of the vehicle kills the miles. Of course the shape is one of the reasons I bought it.

I have a bicycle that gets phenomenal mppb (miles per power bar) but it has seating for only one, low cargo space (rack and two panniers) and about 100lbs towing (Burley flatbed trailer). Off road it isn't bad but I sometimes have to carry it rather than it carry me. It is easy to park though. Top end is a bit sluggish..seems to get slower and slower every year. The main power plant is aging faster than I am comfortable with.
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I like the Commander, just heard they have "issues" but what car doesn't.
As far as a new one ROFLAMO, went to the dealer for a lease and the price per month was something like $535 because their estimated resale on turn in is 24% of the original purchase price or something to that effect.
I'd like to keep it, just don't want to get burned.
Anyone know if I buy the car from the lease, will their be any dealer maintenance done like I would get if I bought a used car from them?
Inspections, check-ups? etc?
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I don't think 12,500 is to bad. My payoff is still about 16K on an '06 like yours.

Also, we just got back from Colorado with four adults, one child and about 300 pounds of luggage and also got 19MPG. That was at speeds of 75mph or greater.
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