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New to the forum w/ TWO!

Hey all,

I'm new to the forum and we have 2 commanders in the family here as of a year ago!(see pic) My wife has an '08 white limited 4.7 w/ 100k mi and I have an '06 black limited 5.7 w/ 85k miles. Both are 2wd and really clean on the inside. Mine has a tv in the back that still works great, the kids love it. I love the tamed power of my wife's truck, it is smooth riding and while we have not towed any thing I can tell it could with ease. Since I've been referring to this forum my truck has some typical mods:
-Ame brute force air intake -
-flowmaster series 50 (i think)
-qtp ypipe and e-cutout
-pedal commander

Future:
-uncat and hp tune (maybe idk yet)

I love both of them just the same amount even though they are both different in their own ways and NOT equal. Hers looks sweeter and has running boards and mine is more brute and hauls ass, but is also just as clean. Her interior is the gray on gray and it is so beautiful. Slow on the bottom end but sure power and can certainly get when you get on it...it will move.

One of the my favorite experiences is when we got my wife's commander first, it came off the delivery truck and when we opened it there was a puddle of water. I felt so bad and the look on her face was ugh.... I immediately sought to solve this problem especially since I was the one who convinced her into wanting it in the first place :-). After reading here and youtube who would have thought a simple 45 degree cut on a few rubber nipples made us feel so smart. Hahahaaaaa silly commander sellers got tired of their sun roof leaking and we solved the problem in like 15 minutes and spent $0. My truck showed up with a puddle too, and I smiled.

Although we didn't feel so smart after we went to the stealership to get a tire pressure sensor replaced just to make the light go away. But no sweat, we aint fixin' the other three LOL!!! Let the light shine all it wants because only actual pressure gauge readings mean anything to me anyway.

MPG's are not really good on either one, but I think I noticed a difference for the better after the mods on mine. My only other real gripe is the mds, but that's a conversation for another day.
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@xkjake54r; Welcome to the forum; I'm glad you were finally able to post!!

It must be nice having 2 XK's;

That being said, I can't believe you didn't buy at least one, with 4WD though;

Here are some links if you want to order any other parts for repairs or upgrades to your XKs;

Chrysler/Jeep Factory Parts: https://www.factorychryslerparts.com/

North American Parts: https://northamericanparts.rpmware.c...unt/login.aspx

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WAM Custom Bumpers - https://wambumpers.com/

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Also, please read this if you haven't done so - lots of good information in here;

REQUIRED READING!!! New Member Introduction post & other important new member info.

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I considered getting a 4wd, but I think what was available vs price vs condition of what was out there at the time...I got this one considering most of what I saw was up north on salted roads plus I'm not going off into the swamp with it. You can probably count on two hands the amount of 5.7's available in 4wd under 100k mi that have not been off mudding or ridden on salt roads. Mine was owned and driven by a lady who kept it in the garage so hardly any rust on the 13 year old vehicle. I'm more of a sleeper jeeper guy than I am an off road guy...I'm sure there is a category in here somewhere for my breed :-)
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I considered getting a 4wd, but I think what was available vs price vs condition of what was out there at the time...I got this one considering most of what I saw was up north on salted roads plus I'm not going off into the swamp with it. You can probably count on two hands the amount of 5.7's available in 4wd under 100k mi that have not been off mudding or ridden on salt roads. Mine was owned and driven by a lady who kept it in the garage so hardly any rust on the 13 year old vehicle. I'm more of a sleeper jeeper guy than I am an off road guy...I'm sure there is a category in here somewhere for my breed :-)
There is a category for you here somewhere. Welcome to the
2 WD Commander Owner's club. I'm the neighbor just to the east of you,in Houston. Not everyone needs a four-wheel drive. Most folks don't.
I'm also in the quarter million mile club here on this Commander forum. So far, I think I'm the only official member. El Jeepo just turned 13 in May.

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Thanks for the welcome! That is one beautiful truck you have there! The one burning question if you are willing to answer is what was the single most expensive thing to fix thus far? The trans in the 4.7 feels pretty solid to me. I know for a fact long term I would like to keep the 4.7 because she will eventually buy a new car and I actually love driving it. How's your air conditioner?
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There was actually a couple of expensive things to have done between 55 and 60000 miles.
The first one was, I had to have the heads rebuilt. The engine would smoke real bad on startup.
Then the valve body went out in the transmission. But that was a long time ago. I've put 200,000 miles on it since then.
Then the third most expensive thing was having the rear end rebuilt. I did that recently.
I believe the 4th most expensive part was having the steering rack replaced. And that was only because I had large wheels and tires on it. I took those off after a few years.
Beyond that , I think I have replaced every component on the Jeep except for the power steering pump.
Earlier this year,and the fifth most expensive thing. I had to remove the dash to replace the AC evaporator. But while I was in there, I replaced the heater core as well. It's best to get them at the same time.
Two things that keep this thing going. Is, if something breaks, I fix it immediately. And I keep all the fluids changed. And changed often.
It might seem like a lot of stuff. But a quarter of million miles and 13 years is kind of a big deal.
Luckily every single thing still works.

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Wow! Man you really love that thing! For better or worse thick or thin!!! Hopefully for us that stuff already broke before we bought them.
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Wow! Man you really love that thing! For better or worse thick or thin!!! Hopefully for us that stuff already broke before we bought them.
I would agree with Spraygun that staying on top of your maintenance is key;

Pay attention to your maintenance schedule and make sure you complete everything on time - even a little early doesn't hurt.

I've only put 40,000 miles on my XK in almost 5 years of ownership and a good chunk of that was highway miles and just recently cracked 100,000 miles about 4 months ago;

Most of the issues I had to fix were pre-existing; Fortunately, I haven't had what I would categorize as any major repairs yet; I replaced the actuator motor on my transfer case which was around $750.00 but Chrysler wound up reimbursing me for that repair shortly the P73 campaign was released. Not a concern for you since you don't have 4WD.

The other expensive repair I had was replacing the factory stereo/head unit. Replacing the factory head unit with a new "reconditioned" factory REC unit from Chrysler was around $1,100.00 when it was all said & done, which wound up being a waste of money, as I now have an aftermarket Pioneer head unit.

The only other advice I'd give you if you haven't dome so already, is check and make sure all of your factory recalls & campaigns have been completed; If you haven't done that yet, here is the info on how to do it;

You can check to see if all of the factory recalls & campaigns have been completed for your Commander by clicking on the hyperlink below & plugging in your VIN;

https://www.mopar.com/en-us/my-vehic...ls/search.html

The difference between a safety recall and a campaign is this; a safety recall pertains to a vehicle problem that is a safety concern; a campaign is a vehicle problem that is not a safety concern, but, pertains to customer satisfaction.


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Thanks for the welcome! That is one beautiful truck you have there! The one burning question if you are willing to answer is what was the single most expensive thing to fix thus far? The trans in the 4.7 feels pretty solid to me. I know for a fact long term I would like to keep the 4.7 because she will eventually buy a new car and I actually love driving it. How's your air conditioner?
Dual AC air handler on my Limited. Dealer would have run about $3k, and (thanks to an honest fellow who'd been in his position 27 years) I knew that the workers they had at the time had not ever done that actual task. After literally a month of searching I got word of mouth info about a shop who worked on Jeeps. They did the job for $1,700 - but told me they couldn't warantee because it was their last week in business after 32 years!

We too have two of them - the first was a 2007 base with the 4.7, the more recent a 2008 Limited. Both are two wheel drive. We don't intend to replace them for 10-15 years, if then.

What did they rob, err, charge you for the pressure sensor fix? Thinking about getting into the dash and removing the light...
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I don't really understand why people disable the TPMS system. Most of the time it's just the battery going bad in the sensor. You just remove the wheel and tire. Replace the sensor. Put it back on, reprogram it,and you're done.
I had to replace one of mine two weeks ago. The sensor was about $50. I buy the VDO brand from O'Reilly Auto parts. I just happen to trust that brand. But there's cheaper ones on the internet.The cost for reprogramming can be all over the map. I'm sure it's different everywhere. Many times tire shops will just do it for free. Also most tire shops, at least the big ones stock the sensors. I would just go by there and have them do it.
The sensors serve a great purpose. For starters, safety, ride comfort, gas mileage and so on.
Before you dig around there and tear out that light. At least swing by a tire shop and see what they charge.Many dealerships will compete with tire shops for pricing, if it's there close by each other.

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