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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-11-2018, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
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Looking to buy my 1st Commander

Iíve owned about 10 Jeeps. CJ-5, 7, TJ, several Cherokees, and most recently an 89 Wagoneer. Iím now hunting for a Commander. Even though thereís talk of bringing the Wagoneer back as a luxury SUV, I think these Commanders kind of embody the true spirit of the old Waggyís.

Just looked at a 2006 Ltd. w/116k. 4.7. When I drove it, it felt good. But there was a loud roaring noise. I checked the tires, and they were Goodyears, and in good shape. When I looked under the vehicle, the rear diff is leaking badly at the yoke seal. I'm thinking this is probably causing the roar. The truck is kinda rough. Interior is ok from the front seats forward. Interior door handles are broke, but all the gadgets (except the DVD) work. All of the rear seats, and the headliner are dirty. The carpet in the rear is stained. The front grill is broke. The lift gate is damaged, and it might need an exhaust from the muffler back.
Aside from that, it's pretty. Gold with grey interior. Power everything, NAV, etc.
Is $3k a fair price?
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I’ve owned about 10 Jeeps. CJ-5, 7, TJ, several Cherokees, and most recently an 89 Wagoneer. I’m now hunting for a Commander. Even though there’s talk of bringing the Wagoneer back as a luxury SUV, I think these Commanders kind of embody the true spirit of the old Waggy’s.

Just looked at a 2006 Ltd. w/116k. 4.7. When I drove it, it felt good. But there was a loud roaring noise. I checked the tires, and they were Goodyears, and in good shape. When I looked under the vehicle, the rear diff is leaking badly at the yoke seal. I'm thinking this is probably causing the roar. The truck is kinda rough. Interior is ok from the front seats forward. Interior door handles are broke, but all the gadgets (except the DVD) work. All of the rear seats, and the headliner are dirty. The carpet in the rear is stained. The front grill is broke. The lift gate is damaged, and it might need an exhaust from the muffler back.
Aside from that, it's pretty. Gold with grey interior. Power everything, NAV, etc.
Is $3k a fair price?
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Welcome to the forum;

That sounds like one hell of a project and right out of the gate if your differential is shot, that's a pretty big repair bill - and it sounds like there are a lot of other issues to deal with as well.

I'd steer clear of this one if I were in your place. Maybe try a car buying search engine like car gurus which I posted below to help you with your search:

https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/forsal...hoCPfkQAvD_BwE

Also, below is a thread with a lot of good information of what to look for when shopping for a Commander.

https://www.jeepcommander.com/forums/...oking-buy.html

Best of luck with your search & keep us posted with how it goes.
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I would be hesitant to make that investment. Thatís a lot of $ to shell right at the beginning, and thatís only what you CAN see. If it was a car to just be nasty in, it may be worth it, but if not, I wouldnít buy it. BUT Iím probably in a different stage of life than you haha
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I’ve owned about 10 Jeeps. CJ-5, 7, TJ, several Cherokees, and most recently an 89 Wagoneer. I’m now hunting for a Commander. Even though there’s talk of bringing the Wagoneer back as a luxury SUV, I think these Commanders kind of embody the true spirit of the old Waggy’s.

Just looked at a 2006 Ltd. w/116k. 4.7. When I drove it, it felt good. But there was a loud roaring noise. I checked the tires, and they were Goodyears, and in good shape. When I looked under the vehicle, the rear diff is leaking badly at the yoke seal. I'm thinking this is probably causing the roar. The truck is kinda rough. Interior is ok from the front seats forward. Interior door handles are broke, but all the gadgets (except the DVD) work. All of the rear seats, and the headliner are dirty. The carpet in the rear is stained. The front grill is broke. The lift gate is damaged, and it might need an exhaust from the muffler back.
Aside from that, it's pretty. Gold with grey interior. Power everything, NAV, etc.
Is $3k a fair price?
There are better examples out there, I'd pass on that can of worms and if I'm not mistaken the 05-07 was the weakest 4.7.
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If it was a hemi qd2 it'd probably be worth it as a project, but the early 4.7's didn't make much more power then the 3.7's. I'd look for something better taken care of.
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There are better examples out there, I'd pass on that can of worms and if I'm not mistaken the 05-07 was the weakest 4.7.
That's correct.

The 2008 Model year is when Powertech redesigned the intake for the 4.7L in the Commander and also added an extra spark plug per cylinder resulting in an increase of 70HP & 44 ft/lbs of torque.


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That's correct.

The 2008 Model year is when Powertech redesigned the intake for the 4.7L in the Commander and also added an extra spark plug per cylinder resulting in an increase of 70HP & 44 ft/lbs of torque.
Pretty impressive actually considering its essentially the same longblock! They also went from cable actuated throttle body to drive by wire.
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Pretty impressive actually considering its essentially the same longblock! They also went from cable actuated throttle body to drive by wire.
Well I can tell you with confidence, that with the AFE Magnum Force Stage 2 Intake System, the AFE MACH Force-Xp 3" Stainless Steel Cat-Back Exhaust System and the 93 Octane Superchips performance loaded, I can run with any Hemi-powered Commander around.
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Thanks! I'm not afraid of throwing some $ at it. I'm a car guy and can do some stuff. I probably wouldn't attempt replacing the gears. I would attempt the diff as a whole. But I really want an 09-10 LTD.
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Looks like you just answered your own question.

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