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11-06-2014 02:32 PM
rhobll The interior door handles can be purchased through Amazon or Ebay for around $50 each or less than $200 for all four and not hard at all to install. Takes about 1/2 hour to do one.
11-05-2014 11:38 PM
dcross15 Personally I'm a fan of the 4.7L V8s, they seem to have a better reputation and MPG is not much different then the 3.7L V6. I've been told the 4.7 will last forever as long as you keep the oil changed. I looked at both a 5.7 and 4.7 XK and opted with the 4.7 because of its known reliability.

Like LuvMyCommander said, check to make sure the 4low works. I am a victim of the N23 recall and it is very irritating.

Also, check the doorhandles inside. They are known to crack and become a hassle. I had the dealer I bought my XK from replace the doorhandles. If you have to get them replaced it can be ridiculously expensive.
11-05-2014 01:09 PM
luckyse7ens
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All the Jeeps I've had seem to have a fuel economy sweet spot around 62-65 mph. I wouldn't doubt the Commander is the same though I've not driven mine enough to say.

Personally, I opted for the Hemi. I always want more power no matter what engine I have, so best for me to start with the highest power, despite any fuel economy concerns which don't bother me much.
With the bigger tires I get great mileage @ ~65mph, it definitely starts to drop over 70.
11-04-2014 11:11 PM
ARJeeper
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...I'm guessing the aerodynamics of the Commander make that sweet spot for best mileage so much lower than most vehicles that are closer to 55-65mph.

All the Jeeps I've had seem to have a fuel economy sweet spot around 62-65 mph. I wouldn't doubt the Commander is the same though I've not driven mine enough to say.

Personally, I opted for the Hemi. I always want more power no matter what engine I have, so best for me to start with the highest power, despite any fuel economy concerns which don't bother me much.
10-21-2014 04:21 PM
Mongo In town, with heavy traffic and my heavy foot, I can get as low as 13mpg with the 3.7L, in town less heavy traffic and being a little more reserved, 15-16mpg, on the highway I can get 18-19mpg. I have traveled a road with traffic such that I was able/ and was limited to, setting the cruise to 50mph for 45 minutes. I got 22mpg during that run. So I'm guessing the aerodynamics of the Commander make that sweet spot for best mileage so much lower than most vehicles that are closer to 55-65mph.
10-21-2014 02:50 PM
luckyse7ens
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If you're going to do real off roading, the Quadra-Drive II is big boon, that is the one to get.

The clutches in the ELSD's will make noise if the axles are overdue for a fluid change or the fluid was changed and NOT enough of the friction modifier was added to the axle fluid. So if you have noisey (chirping) axles, insist they change the axle fluid w/ the right friction modifier before buying, so you know its just fluid and NOT a serious/expensive problem that requires fixing.

The V6 makes as much power of many V8's of only a decade ago, BUT the Commander is very heavy. Because of the weight and aerodynamics mileage is poor, and the engine management does well enough that there is really not much difference in mileage between the engines. So depends on your intended use. But if you're going to hual, or do serious off road, then you want the power of the V8 to lug the heavy loads.
I average 18+ MPG mixed with my 3.7L with a tune, fresh plugs, full synthetic oil, stock height, stock intake/exhaust, front air dam delete (should negatively effect highway) and old Forteras. It's not too terrible, way better than my truck!
10-21-2014 12:44 PM
Mongo If you're going to do real off roading, the Quadra-Drive II is big boon, that is the one to get.

The clutches in the ELSD's will make noise if the axles are overdue for a fluid change or the fluid was changed and NOT enough of the friction modifier was added to the axle fluid. So if you have noisey (chirping) axles, insist they change the axle fluid w/ the right friction modifier before buying, so you know its just fluid and NOT a serious/expensive problem that requires fixing.

The V6 makes as much power of many V8's of only a decade ago, BUT the Commander is very heavy. Because of the weight and aerodynamics mileage is poor, and the engine management does well enough that there is really not much difference in mileage between the engines. So depends on your intended use. But if you're going to hual, or do serious off road, then you want the power of the V8 to lug the heavy loads.
10-21-2014 11:12 AM
JPFreek1 Thanks for all the input, fellas. I'll keep you posted as I get closer to identifying a possible option. The one I noted above unfortunately sold right after I inquired about it. Argh!
10-21-2014 09:16 AM
LuvMyCommander Definitely at least a 4.7L v8. Like 49er said, check that 4wd low works by engaging it in neutral. There was a recall performed on lots of XKs that unfortunately also disabled 4wd low. There is now a fix for that but there are still lots of headaches related to it. I would also personally stay away from one with a sunroof. I purchased my second XK and this time got it with a sunroof and it's been causing me grief. It is common that these things leak and it's hard to pinpoint the problem as it could be numerous things. I'm still trying to find the leak in mine.
10-21-2014 01:11 AM
a49erFan
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Yep, I'm not even going to bother with the V6. I've found a 2007 XK with Quadra-Drive II and only 49k miles. I'm going to go check it out and see if it's worth considering.

Any additional input from anyone is definitely appreciated. Thanks!
That sounds like it could be a winner. You want to find our if possible if the recall was performed but you can test that by putting into 4 lo from neutral.



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