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Hi all,

I'm Matt, and last week, after 15 years of being a diehard Land Rover enthusiast and owner, I bought a Commander when my Range Rover decided to expire....
It's a 2006 model, 5.7 Hemi converted to LPG so as to give half-sensible running costs. It seems in very fine fettle, and has only done 59,000 miles. After a week and a few hundred miles, I'm appreciating the nods to heavy duty use cleverly designed into the car - such as the towing mode and the gearbox dipstick. I work my vehicles hard with lots of miles, lots of towing of very large restoration projects and lots of living in the back at weekend shows, so it's nice to finally have something with downscaled heavy duty underpinnings (I'm led to believe this is a Ram 1500 drivetrain?) rather than upscaled saloon car parts! My only gripe is that it's too quiet - I was expecting a nice rumble, but can barely hear a distant muted growl even when I plant my foot - still, nothing a catback exhaust shouldn't sort....

I'm currently trying to source a few bits to get the vehicle up to 100%, and each one is being a total headache! I'm missing the Hemi badges from the front fenders and can't seem to find the correct combination of style and colour when looking at genuine ones on eBay (I'm not even considering one of the $5 chinese ones). I also need a set of rubber floor mats - but can only find Left Hand Drive ones. Are WK ones the same?

I've already got a few mods planned, as well. I want to remove one of the 3rd row seats, and mount my spare tyre vertically in the resulting gap like in the old Cherokees, with my go-to toolbox next to it. I never carry more than 4 adults, and the 3rd row seats look like they were designed with Douglas Bader in mind anyway......
I've also seen the mod on here about using a GC cargo cover running to the 3rd row seat latches - genius! The previous owner has also taken the [Jeep] liberty of replacing the head unit with a much more modern Parrot touchscreen one that has nav, bluetooth and many other features - but no volume knob, only a touchscreen control which is already driving mad!

A friend of mine has even done the honours of naming the new arrival for me.... as most of my previous vehicles have had girl's names relevant to them in some way, he decided that this upbeat, slightly cheesy but likeable American vehicle should therefore be called Carly Rae Jeepsen

Anyway, I look forward to getting to know the car, and Jeeps in general, much better as time goes on. Prior to buying the vehicle, I'd never even seen a Commander on the road in this country and I only learned of their existence about 2 months ago!
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Welcome to the forum Mat. Keep us posted on the changes to Carly Rae Jeepsen.
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Nice looking rig it should keep up the pace set by your Land Rover.


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Hi all,

I'm Matt, and last week, after 15 years of being a diehard Land Rover enthusiast and owner, I bought a Commander when my Range Rover decided to expire....
It's a 2006 model, 5.7 Hemi converted to LPG so as to give half-sensible running costs.

Anyway, I look forward to getting to know the car, and Jeeps in general, much better as time goes on. Prior to buying the vehicle, I'd never even seen a Commander on the road in this country and I only learned of their existence about 2 months ago!
Welcome to the forum Matt.

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