To get my Jeep, I hitched a ride to Columbia SC from Pascagoula on December 22 because that is where I managed to find it waiting for me.
The Dealership experience was , the best I've ever had. On the way up, I received a late text from the Dealer, they said they were getting the vehicle ready for delivery and the "Service 4WD System"
annunciator illuminated on the dash, so they drove it to the local Jeep Dealer to have it fixed. " Not to worry" They said "if that light should come on again after I had taken ownership, they would get it fixed" because they did not sell vehicles with faults. Whew.
I arrived in Columbia. and my Hotel was about 1/2 mile from the dealership. They picked me up at the Hotel in the morning, and I went to the Dealership to see my new Jeep for the first time.
Yes it had 85000 miles, but it looked like it had never been off the road, the underbody, frame, rails, skidplates , driveline looked brand new, with OEM stickers on the components still attached! In fact, the only place I could detect any wear to mention was on the driver floor mat and the piping on the driver seat. It was immaculate everywhere I looked.
I couldn't even get my red shop rag dirty while inspecting this vehicle with it and a flashlight as I crawled all over it.
The test drive was short, and all the mechanical functions appeared normal. no lights.
The dealer said the battery had drained to the point where the control modules had faulted, and the Jeep Dealer re flashed and re set the FDCM to clear the annunciator lamp. The Dealer installed a new battery, replaced all the spark plugs, Surfaced the brake discs, replaced the pads, changed the fluids, everything was impressive.
I paid them the cash and said my "thank you's" and got into the vehicle for the drive back to the gulf coast.
50 feet from the dealership door, on pops the dreaded "Service 4WD System" annunciator. UGH!!
I go back in to the dealership, they said drive it, and when you get to the coast , if the annunciator stays lit, take it to the Jeep dealer in your area and we will get it fixed for you.
I get that in writing, and off I go .
The lamp extinguished shortly after , and Im enjoying the 10 hour ride south. At the fuel stops, Im calculating the mileage and playing with my pencils, its 19.4 mpg and Im cruising at 73 mph.
I took it off road a couple of days ago for the first time, the transfer case engaged to low range perfectly, and after a few miles of off road , the jeep just does what it is supposed to do, anyway to my liking. But I am still befuddled as to why that annunciator light keeps popping up. No fault codes show in the OBDII, and the vehicle acts virtually identical to my 05 GC with the drivetrain functions.
So What I want to do here on the forum, is commence a thread on this Commander to chronicle what I can about the weirdness of Jeep. And see what happens next . They have their idiosyncrasies,Yet it will go anywhere you take it.
Cheers to all you Jeep people, happy 2018! Ill post some pictures really soon!! It looks like every other Commander though! but you knew that , right?