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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-29-2015, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Have an '06 Commander and she's the 4.7L V8. I've had it since May and love it a lot but I must admit this is the most non fuel efficient vehicle I've ever had. I had a '05 Jeep WK prior to this so I'm used to low mpg's but this is even worse. I average 12.7 which in today's day and age is pretty bad. Anyone feel the same way? Considering trading it in or just gonna stick with it?
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To be honest, this is probably all perspective. We obviously did not buy Commanders for the fuel economy. We either bought them because we love the looks, like the capabilities, like the interior space, or some other reasons. I don't believe this is a daily driver for long commutes, this is where it'll hurt the most.

I'm on my second Commander though. A few years back I drove a 2008 3.7L Commander to and from work. I was putting in about 90 miles a day. This was during the time that gas prices peaked in Chicago at close to $5 a gallon so I was forced to trade it in for something more fuel efficient. Now I'm blessed that I work downtown so I'm on public transportation during the week. I missed my Commander so much that I went back to one as soon as I wasn't commuting like before. I traded in my 4 cylinder Malibu and went with another 2008, but this time with a Hemi. I own the vehicle that I really like and I'm happy. I plan to keep it now until I can pass it on to my son. Yes it does suck at the pump but I don't mind it this time around. I have made some mods that help with the fuel economy but again, I don't own it for it's fuel efficiency.

I guess my point is that it all depends on your situation, if it's your daily driver and you're hurting at the pump multiple times a week then you'll probably have to make that tough decision. Otherwise keep it for the reason you bought it in the first place- looks, abilities, practical, spacious, etc. Good luck!
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Well said, I have 140K on my 06 I am spending more on it than I should, but I want to keep it.
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Yes gas economy would be great - but you have a "Brick" with high wind resistance. I have a 4.7 WK and the 5.7 XK. Drive the commander most of the time because I love it and the Hemi. I think the Hemi gets a little better MPG than the 4.7. We are retired and do not drive a whole lot - 2006 with 62,000 miles. By the way I get 18MPG highway/14MPG city with the Hemi, my WK 4.7 gets 16MPG highway. We live in TN where gas is $1.74 this morning - that helps a whole lot. If I had to commute I would definitely look for something else if the cost was killing me. I had a 1949 Plymouth 6 cylinder that could barely get 10 MPG!

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-31-2015, 04:23 PM
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I have owned over a dozen Jeeps of various models including several Commanders. Each has their place and their purpose...but I keep coming back to the Commanders. I buy them because I love how they drive/cruise on trips, love the power of the Hemi, love the cargo space, and love the capabilities off road. Can it do as well as my JKU Rubicons I've had previously...no, but for 98% of where I go and what I do, I am completely satisfied with the capabilities. As stated above, we all have our reasons for buying a Jeep, but fuel economy is rarely on that list (ok, my Mom's Patriot gets her 24-26 MPG but she is 63...)
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Bought for the QDII and Hemi. I've never had a a fuel efficient vehicle except my brother's 88 civic which was awesome, but I don't drive it excessively weekly, and on trips it still gets better than my supercrew and expedition, all of which were lifted, like my commander. But this jeep is by far the best vehicle I've ever owned. My only issue is the AC has a leak, and the blend doors are broken , but I'll fix it one day ?
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I would have rather had a Wrangler, but at the time we still had kids young enough that the 7 passenger option really appealed to us. A few years later, I divorce the ex, and end up with the Commander when she can't afford the gas for her commute to her job. So if I knew then, how things would have turned out, I would have gotten a Wrangler.

Still, its been a good vehicle for me, brakes and OEM tires lasted way longer than anyone would have expected. Only problem that was NOT normal and expected was the AC evaporator springing a leak, that was a huge pain replacing it myself.

Like everyone else, gas mileage is a re-occurring Ouch and rethinking if its the best vehicle for me.

Of course, since I got divorced and how things panned out with vehicles for the Ex and kids, I ended up with a vehicle with more room than I need.
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