I have been looking for a while and a 2006 4.7 65th anniversary edition has appeared at a dealership in my town. Fortunately we know one of the dealer owners.he let us keep the commander for the weekend . The interior is almost like new , paint is fantastic , new tires, and ran great. Now the bad we got the trans temp warning once for about 20 sec , there is a exhaust leak from manifold and a coolant leak. The ignition recall has not been done so they are doing that, they are repairing exhaust problem and pressure checking leak to make sure the problem does not go deeper than it appears. We really like it but as with any used vehicle a bit nervous. I have been through sereral CJ's and turned a lot of wrenches on them . I just am not looking for something to have to work on constantly
Unfortunately, with Commanders, you can't judge a book by it's cover.
My Commander looked really clean too when I bought it and I had a laundry list of issues I had to deal with in the first year of owning it which I just posted here:
How much you have to work on it will really come down to two things:
1) How much the previous owners beat on it;
2) How well the previous owners maintained it; or how badly have they neglected it.
The fact that the ignition recall - which has been out & well-publicized for about 3 years now, has not been completed yet, I would take as a bad sign.
I interpret it as an indication that the previous owners, have not kept up on what I'd consider normal routine maintenance. If they couldn't get that Commander in to the dealership for a recall repair that would cost them nothing - what else have they neglected to do?
That's just my 2 cents for what it's worth.