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I am looking to upgrade the family vehicle and we have wanted a Commander for a few years now. The plan was to let one of our current cars die and then start seriously shopping for a Commander. Well, as of today, I am at wits end with our primary car (Audi A4 Avant) and I think it is time to retire it. I did find what seems like a good deal for an 06 Limited (Hemi, Nav, leather, etc.) so I showed it to the lady. She then started reading a bunch of reviews and it is starting to scare us away. I know it sounds silly but while "window shopping" these complaints did not mean much, although now, as it is time for a replacement vehicle it is something we need to consider.

Here are some of the biggest complaints:

- Poor gas mileage, less than advertised
- Leaking roofs, do these often leak from the sunroof?
- Stalling.... I am not sure what they are referring to but it is often mentioned.
- Transmission failures
- Transfer case failures
- Seem like a lot of electrical issues, windows not working, overhead lights not working, false warnings on the dash, etc.
- Faulty air pressure sensors
- Poor AC

Adding this all up and coming from an Audi where I had very little problems until recently where it seems like it is crumbling to pieces (140k + miles) I do not want to step into a maintenance queen.

I understand that this forum is for fans of this vehicle and you probably have a biased opinion, are these as bad as people are reporting? Are there better years to buy? Are there certain things to look for?

I have done some searching on this forum and on the internet although I thought I would make this post as I MAYBE joining the club. Thanks!

Sam
 

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Hello All,

I am looking to upgrade the family vehicle and we have wanted a Commander for a few years now. The plan was to let one of our current cars die and then start seriously shopping for a Commander. Well, as of today, I am at wits end with our primary car (Audi A4 Avant) and I think it is time to retire it. I did find what seems like a good deal for an 06 Limited (Hemi, Nav, leather, etc.) so I showed it to the lady. She then started reading a bunch of reviews and it is starting to scare us away. I know it sounds silly but while "window shopping" these complaints did not mean much, although now, as it is time for a replacement vehicle it is something we need to consider.

Here are some of the biggest complaints:

- Poor gas mileage, less than advertised
- Leaking roofs, do these often leak from the sunroof?
- Stalling.... I am not sure what they are referring to but it is often mentioned.
- Transmission failures
- Transfer case failures
- Seem like a lot of electrical issues, windows not working, overhead lights not working, false warnings on the dash, etc.
- Faulty air pressure sensors
- Poor AC

Adding this all up and coming from an Audi where I had very little problems until recently where it seems like it is crumbling to pieces (140k + miles) I do not want to step into a maintenance queen.

I understand that this forum is for fans of this vehicle and you probably have a biased opinion, are these as bad as people are reporting? Are there better years to buy? Are there certain things to look for?

I have done some searching on this forum and on the internet although I thought I would make this post as I MAYBE joining the club. Thanks!

Sam
Sam...most of the issues you are referring too seemed only common to the first model year build (the '06)...yes, generally a bit more troublesome but still a reliable vehicle. If your looking at an XK (Commander) for gas mileage then you'll be disappointed. I bought an '08 for a reason...they got more refined and the bugs got worked out in the manufacturing process on the newer ones...if you can afford to do it, I'd recommend an '07 or newer...as for HEMI, its a nice engine, but I have the 4.7 which got a huge jump in power in the '08 and up (305 hp) and they can be had for about a grand less than the HEMI models, and run very, very close to the same (maybe around .3 slower 0-60 mph)...of course, if you bolt on all the goodies like I've done, it ends up having the exact same power as the base HEMI. Lots of options...long story short, I'd recommend you buy an '07 or newer. :)
 

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I agree, if gas mileage is a big concern than I would probably look elsewhere. I do love my Hemi, and recommend it if you are looking at a V8 Model. I have no problem getting between 18-20 mpg on the highway.

The 4 wheel drive system is the biggest reason why I went with the Commander and have not been disappointed.
 

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I drive a 2006 sport with the 4.7L with all the options including nav and rear dvd. My wife and the kids love this vehicle. I can honestly say I am proud to be a jeep commander owner. The other plus is in the city I live in these are extremely rare. I have only seen 3 of them around in the last year I have owned it. I had my Starter replaced at 98k km's and fixed a broken rear turning signal wire That was cracked underneath the Jeep. Overall I can say this is a very solid vehicle.

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I too have 1 2006 and have had none of the listed problems, other than the gas mileage I find it to be one of the best purchases I have made and will keep it forever.
 

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- Poor gas mileage, less than advertised [What do you expect from a brick on wheels?]
- Leaking roofs, do these often leak from the sunroof? [There is a drain on each side of the vehicle. Leaving the sun roof open, even in the "vent" position, allows foreign matter to get into the mechanism and plug the holes. A very easy fix when it happens.]
- Stalling.... I am not sure what they are referring to but it is often mentioned. [Never for me]
- Transmission failures [Never]
- Transfer case failures [Never]
- Seem like a lot of electrical issues, windows not working, overhead lights not working, false warnings on the dash, etc. [With all of the electronics in cars today, this can happen - moisture, but no common denominator with the Commander. I've had all of my dash warning lights come on, on numerous occasions, but the dealer can find no fault. A member in the UK diagnosed it to be the outside temp sensor mounted on the front of the radiator frame, but mine does not appear to be compromised.]
- Faulty air pressure sensors [I had one fail on a Jeep Liberty, but never on my Commander.]
- Poor AC [I think that the system was not designed correctly as any slight loss of refrigerant will cause a not so cold condition. I just check it once a year.]
Sam
Hi Sam,

Welcome to the forum. I addressed your concerns in the bracketed responses. :program: These Jeeps are based on the previous generation Grand Cherokee chassis, which was in production starting 2005, so the chassis is proven. I purchased mine new 4.5 years ago and just hit 45K. With the exception of a bad casting on the front differential, which caused a catastrophic failure, which was covered under warranty, I have experienced a trouble free vehicle. I wouldn't shy away from it just because it is an 06. But I would recommend that you obtain the complete service records, as you should with any used vehicle. Good luck. :eek:rangehat:
 

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My 09 HEMI gets decent mileage, 13 city-19 highway. You have to get use to maximizing the MDS/VVT technology. I can tell when it is activating and I know just how much throttle it will take before it kicks out to 8 cylinders.

I have had "zero" issues in the year and a half I have owned it.
 

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I own 2 2006 jeep commanders a 3.7 and a 4.7 one v6 and a v8 the v6 is a little underpowered but for the reliability there awesome and you wont regret the off road cappabilities and these vehicles are very safe.

You wont regret buying one I only have good things to say about these vehicles any model any year there all good.

Thanks for thinking about buying one Connor
 

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I had and O6 3.7 liter v6. I had no issues and when it was stock/factory, i could get 19-20....with all my mods, extra weight and lift kit, i was getting about 15-16. pulling a camper loaded down i got about 9.
I loved that commander!
I only traded so i could get a LIMITED 2010, HEMI, with the Quadra Drive II 4x4 system. When this one was stock it got 20-22 MPG on the highway going 65 mph.
Around town it was 15-16.

Also when it was stock, it drove like your AUDI, or sports car-- very very quick and snappy....it would sit you back in your seat.(of course if you want good MPG, then curb the racing urges).
But then came all the mods and extra weight, lift kid, bigger wider heavier tires, and my Mpg...is not as good now....BUT thats my own fault...and i dont have it for MPG.

I have had no problems so far with either of my commanders.

i think those reports you read can be for any model of car. any car you read about will have a few with issues. its is a small percentage. I would concider get the newest year you can afford then get the extended factory warranty, and you wont have any issues to worry about.

ONE thing you may concider when worrying about MPG, is who you are hauling in your back seat. I have 2 year old. I am sure there are vehicle that get better mileage, but most of those rice burns will leave you crumpled into a tiny ball if you have a crash. I would rather take my chances in this rig.
If you want to read up and research this vehicle, read up on the safety features it has, especially the Electronic stabily program. Many new vehicle claim to have programs like this, but I know first hand that this is a very superior system. It have prevented me from a few near collisions, and in one case I credit this ESP system to saving my wife from a direct side impact. Any other car of the same size would have surely crashed but the ESP system saved us, and kept us from even contacting the other vehicle.
 

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Sam, i did a lot of research and read the bad reviews as well and still took a chance and bought one. it seems early 06's (built in late 05) had many of the prob u listed. My build date is 3/06. i am so happy i bought this jeep. i bought it with 48k now have 55k miles and no problems thus far. There is no guarantees with anything, but i was just telling my wife today how much i love this jeep, its perfect for me. Have a pre-purchase inspection done and see if you can drive it for a few days before you buy. Also, i test drove about 15 before i settled on this one, its just felt right all around. Hope this helps.
 

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Sam, i did a lot of research and read the bad reviews as well and still took a chance and bought one. it seems early 06's (built in late 05) had many of the prob u listed. My build date is 3/06. i am so happy i bought this jeep. i bought it with 48k now have 55k miles and no problems thus far. There is no guarantees with anything, but i was just telling my wife today how much i love this jeep, its perfect for me. Have a pre-purchase inspection done and see if you can drive it for a few days before you buy. Also, i test drove about 15 before i settled on this one, its just felt right all around. Hope this helps.
Mine was built in 9/05. Do you consider this early? Read my post above and you will see that I have 1 of the issues he mentioned. I wouldn't avoid an 06 just because it's an 06. Buyer beware - do your homework before you purchase any used vehicle. :eek:rangehat:
 

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I have an '06 with the V6 and have logged nearly 94k problem free miles. This Jeep is old reliable here. Our area is in the Ozark mountains and my town has fifteen snow plows three of which turned over last winter.

My wife could not get her car home for almost three weeks. If not for the Commander we never would have got her home.

In short, the Commander is awesome.
 

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I want to clear up my earlier statement. I am not putting the '06 models down at all. I just have always been hip to the fact that all models from the first production year do have bugs and flaws that are more common than successive build years...but this is for all auto makers throughout automobile history so its a generalized statement and something that most buyers would be wise too. 99% of the time, issues with first build year models get worked out under the warranty...a few do not. With that in mind, I've never bought a brand new model, I've always waited until at least the 2nd production year for the kinks to get ironed out....but that is just me and my opinion. As far as the Commander goes....I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you get one, you will love it. Its big, roomy, powerful, fun to drive, can pull a house off its foundation, go thru 2 ft. of snow like its not there and turns heads and gets ya looks goin' down the road.
 

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I'm surprised no one has bashed the XK yet LOL. Jeep is a life style and you take the good with the bad and smile threw it enjoying every second of it. I have good time no matter what I'm doing with my Jeep I would even enjoy fixing it but I haven't had to yet, knock on wood LOL. Oh get a V8
I felt the 3.7 was under powered, but there are a lot of people that love it. 3,7 does not offer 4Low.

07 got the 4.7 with the E fuel, and a few more horses.
Gas mileage is low. 13-15 avg for my 4.7

It is a jeep; staalling issues have corrected mostly. I have problem with my stability control the dealer cant figure out so i have to turn it off. This is covered under the lifetime warranty. I drove for years without traction control. Oh well.

If you want a jeep, you wont be disappointed. it's a jeep.
 

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3,7 does not offer 4Low.
QTII was an option on the 3.7, but it was a very rare beast. This option changed the axle ratio from 3.07 to 3.55. :eek:rangehat:
 

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My 06 with over 100K miles:

Trasnsmission control module
U-joint with driveshaft
Rebuilt rear differential
Cracked sunroof frame
Soaking wet floor mats from either clogged sunroof drains or bad windshield seal

Otherwise wear and tear:
Battery
Brakes
Shocks
Struts
Ball Joints
Spark Plugs (16 in HEMI)
Bushings
Over $60 to fill up and go less than 300miles
Over $100 oil changes
 

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I forgot to mention I still love it! It is a love/hate like I have told people before. I also have to replace windshield that has never cracked or chipped in first 100K miles but now I have gotten two cracks and a chip in last 2 months. Part of driving on the highways up here in the mountains I guess. With Rain sensing wipers will cost around $400. Never any electrical issues though. (knock on wood). I have also pushed this vehicle to some crazy limits making 30 hour trips in 2 and a half days in subzero temps, off road capability, etc.
 

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SAL I do them myself when I can but never sacrifice not putting in Royal Purple and using K&N filters. So when I need 4wheelparts to do it it is close to that much. 7 quarts of Royal Purple is not cheap!! Everything costs more with the HEMI. Like when I changed those 16 plugs!
 
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