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Question [looking to buy a Commander] Questions.

I have been looking around and test driving used Commanders. I am looking at both the 3.7 & 4.7 and was wondering what the pros and cons are of both. Are there any problems that I should be looking for in a used commander?

I am not going to be towing anything, or off roading for that matter- that is why we have an FJ cruiser to beat up. .

I would like 4WD for situations like snow, but its rare in Seattle (unless driving up the pass). In terms of that would AWD or 4WD be better?

Is there anything I should look for or steer clear of?

I was told that if I was going to get the 3.7 I might as well get the 4.7 because the fuel economy is almost the same..

Any advice or opinions are GREATLY appreciated!

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I have been looking around and test driving used Commanders. I am looking at both the 3.7 & 4.7 and was wondering what the pros and cons are of both. Are there any problems that I should be looking for in a used commander?

I am not going to be towing anything, or off roading for that matter- that is why we have an FJ cruiser to beat up. .

I would like 4WD for situations like snow, but its rare in Seattle (unless driving up the pass). In terms of that would AWD or 4WD be better?

Is there anything I should look for or steer clear of?

I was told that if I was going to get the 3.7 I might as well get the 4.7 because the fuel economy is almost the same..

Any advice or opinions are GREATLY appreciated!

Thanks.
- The Commander is just as capable as FJ (with a lift)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpSHC...eature=related

- The Commander really has AWD with 4lo and is great for rain, snow, or what ever you toss at it.

- All three of the Commander engines get about the same gas mileage. If you can get the himi go for it, but the newer 4.7 (after 08) is my second choice.

- I would suggest getting one that has tow hitch because you never know when you might need to use it.
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I agree fully with ubercommander.

I have the 3.7 and with fuel mileage considered I wish a 4.7 was available when I perused the used car lot.
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If you can try out the 3.7 and the 4.7. That way you will know if you want the larger engine or not. I have the 4.7 and love it. Many have the 3.7 and love it. We haven't had any problems except the passenger door window regulator. The section in the forum titled Problems/Dealer Service will give you a lot of information about the Commander. As will all the other sections in the forum.
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If you are not familiar with the current 4x4 options for the Commander, take a look at this. It should help you figure out which one you want. It helped me decide.

http://www.jeep.com/en/4x4/how_systems_work/
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I'd just go with the HEMI, have no regrets...plus you could negotiate like crazy in this market. When I picked up my 07' limited w/less than 3k miles back in Sept 08' the dealer agreed to take a 2k dollar loss on the vehicle!
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When I picked up my 07' limited w/less than 3k miles back in Sept 08' the dealer agreed to take a 2k dollar loss on the vehicle!
The dealer didn't lose any money - trust me.

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Definaltley Hemi ... if you keep myour foot out of it on the hiway it gets decent gas mileage and the big V8 is going out last the other motors in mu opinion.

Also get TOW PACKAGE ... you get way more tha a town hitch with it ... the trailer light plug in of course, but it also has a bigger altenator, and more cooling capacity for the rad AND tranny cooler, ... it's a great option and will make the truck last longer even if you never tow.
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I'd consider looking at new vehicles instead of used ones. By me, between Chrysler dealer incentives and pressure dealers are feeling from lenders, you can easily negotiate for a new car (2008) that costs less than a used vehicle.
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I'd consider looking at new vehicles instead of used ones. By me, between Chrysler dealer incentives and pressure dealers are feeling from lenders, you can easily negotiate for a new car (2008) that costs less than a used vehicle.
It was close to that here in Canada (where our new and used cars cost 50% more) ... but not close enough ...

The best deal I could get find on brand new 2008 Commander was still $10,000 more then a used one with 25,000 miles on it.

Plus you have to consider the Additional Taxes, Dealer Fees, Freigth, and, Additional Insurance, etc .. that's put it way over
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