Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Ringgold, GA
Own a Commander?: Yes
Model year: 2006
Trim Package: Limited
Power-Train: 5.7L V-8 Hemi
If 4WD - system: QD-II
Current Mileage: 165000
Hello everyone, new to the forum. Hope everyone is well.
Just some info about me. My son recently turned 16 and got his DL, so we set about searching for a vehicle. Settled on a 2006 Commander (specifics in profile). He loves it (and so do I), and I've set about trying to familiarize myself with Jeep in general, and the Commander in particular. Came across this site and thought it would be good to join. Here some interesting things that we've experienced with the vehicle so far:
- We drove about 2 hours to buy the Commander. On the way home, with me driving, the Nav screen went on the fritz (uh oh). In fact, the NAV screen completely went out, and half the stereo stopped working. Found out through later research that this is fairly common.
- The following day, the vehicle threw an engine light (again, uh oh). Found a youtube video about how to pull the codes - i.e., turning the key from off to on in rapid succession a few times. That worked to get the codes AND - surprise, surprise - it also reset the NAV system/stereo - it came back on and has been working perfectly ever since. I suspect it will likely go out again, but who knows.
- Back to engine codes: we had two. One was for incorrect engine oil in the vehicle. I thus learned that 5w20 is REQUIRED for the HEMI and apparently the previous owner did not know this. We had the oil changed at our trusted mechanic and made sure they put in the correct oil. Second light is for o2 (P0430). Looks like we may have to replace the cat.
- Prior to buying, I noticed that some of the HEMI engines have had some kind of problem with dropping valve seats, or some such (I'm not a mechanic, and will not pretend to be one). One of the great selling points of this particular Commander is that the previous owner had all of the cylinder heads, valves, seats, etc., machined and redone about a year ago. Also head gaskets and timing chain. He had the paperwork for the job, and I figured that was a pretty good aspect of the vehicle.
- One other thing regarding the o2 - the mechanic said it might help to pour a couple bottles of ethyl alcohol into our gas tank. He said it might bring the cat back to life. Anyone have any thoughts on this?
Well, that's about it so far. Looking forward to getting involved.