Hello, Great forum and a lot of great info!
I was thinking about buying a Commander, kinda getting bored with my 02' 4x4 Expedition...but it gets 15mpg city with the mods I did......
-5.4L 67K miles
-02 Expy 4X4
-Edge Evo 2
-285/70/17 BFG MT's
-Mobil 1 Oils thoughout
-Magnaflow S/S SISO #15861
-BBK 1 5/8 Polished Ceramic Headers
-MotoBlue Underdrive pulleys w / Gatorback
I was reading a lot of reviews on the 2006 Commander at Edmunds or one of those review websites and a lot of them noted a lot of problems.....sunroofs leaking, interior flooding, windshields whistling and the windshield frames rusting out, water can dump on your head after a rainstorm and you open the doors....also I read that the underbody rusts really badly.
Is the gas mileage really that bad on the 5.7 liter? I have a 5.4 in my current Ford Expedition and I get 15mpg city 18mpg hiway at 75mph+
Have a lot of you also experienced these problems? If, so were the issues fixed by Jeep? Is a 2007 model year better as they may have fixed some issues?
Thanks in advance
Probs I've had.
*Whistling window..fixed under Jeep Warranty.
*Passenger side window auto up feature stopped working...fixed under Jeep Warranty.
*Rattling in rear area....fixed for awhile under Jeep Warranty...rattling started again.
*Noisy AC fan...fixed under Jeep Warranty.
*Smartbeams stopped working 2 months after purchase...Jeep service could never find out what the problem was...still not fixed.
*Loose passenger mirror...flops in the wind...happened after factory warranty expired..decided not to spend $100 deductable to have it fixed under extended warranty...still floppin.
*Transfer case motor and switch went out.....fixed under extended warranty.
*Fuel line leak....fixed under extended warranty. (thank goodness car did not catch fire and kill us both)
*Lighting on dash starting to go out...lighting on heat and ac controls going out.
*Auto up feature on driver side window just stopped working a few days ago.
*Side molding starting to seperate from mounts.
*Nav DVD disc mysteriously "went bad"....found a new one on EBAY for cheap...Chrylser wanted $150.00 for a replacement...
We have a 2006 Limited 4x4 with the Hemi, purchased new...64K miles on it now...perfectly maintained, garage kept, never mistreated.
FWIW, you should getthe same gas mileage as you do in your Expedition.
When the thing is working, it works real good. One of, if not the most, capable vehicles, I've ever owned....(in the snow and ice I'm not sure if it can be beaten by any other vehicle short of a Range Rover/Land Rover), Tows great, carries alot of people, good cargo area...theres alot to love, but I have just been let down by the probs, never had this many probs from any vehicle I've bought new...or used for that matter...in the past.
I am trading my Commander in on a new Expedition ASAP...problem is, no dealership in my area has any Expeditions..especially not a limited 4x4 model. The one that did, sold it hours before we went to make the deal
It'll be a few more months before the new Expeditions start rolling out again (Ford stopped making them when things went south) Soooooo I am going to have suffer through another few months of Commander ownership.
If you do get a Commander...buy a high end extended warranty. Good luck!