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Hello, Great forum and a lot of great info!

I was thinking about buying a Commander, kinda getting bored with my 02' 4x4 Expedition...but it gets 15mpg city with the mods I did......

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-5.4L 67K miles
-02 Expy 4X4
-20% Tint
-Hawk Pads
-Edge Evo 2
-Troyer E-Fans
-285/70/17 BFG MT's
-Mobil 1 Oils thoughout
-Magnaflow S/S SISO #15861
-BBK 1 5/8 Polished Ceramic Headers
-MotoBlue Underdrive pulleys w / Gatorback


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I was reading a lot of reviews on the 2006 Commander at Edmunds or one of those review websites and a lot of them noted a lot of problems.....sunroofs leaking, interior flooding, windshields whistling and the windshield frames rusting out, water can dump on your head after a rainstorm and you open the doors....also I read that the underbody rusts really badly.

Is the gas mileage really that bad on the 5.7 liter? I have a 5.4 in my current Ford Expedition and I get 15mpg city 18mpg hiway at 75mph+

Have a lot of you also experienced these problems? If, so were the issues fixed by Jeep? Is a 2007 model year better as they may have fixed some issues?

Thanks in advance
 

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Read through the forum, we have had members with issues but I do not think that any of them are not found in any other brand vehicle.
 

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I have never heard of the windshield frames rusting out on the Commanders.
 

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I haven't had any of the problems you mention, and I've not read about anyone having serious (or any) rust problems. No car is completely issue-free for every owner, so don't expect perfection. But I've had my '06 for 3 and a half years and I am still thrilled to own it!
 

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Issues? Well, let's see. On my '07 Commander with about 27,000 miles on it, I've had a leak in the tranny fixed, a windshield moulding replaced, a broken cup holder in the back fold down arm rest replaced and a heated seat part replaced, all on warranty. I love the Commander, it's go anywhere, do anything and most comfortable truck I have ever owned.

The gas mileage isn't terrible with 15.3 MPG in the city and 19.6 MPG on highway going just over 70 MPG flat with cruise control. When I replace the plugs at 30k, I can probably do better. I have the 4.7 V8, 3.73 rear end and has the QuadraTracII 4 wheel drive.
 

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I have had mine since new and now have 33K miles on it. Of all the issues you mention I have none. Just routine maintenance and all is well. -Bob
 

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No problems with my 07 Limited 62,000 miles.

After a hard rain, just don't stand too close to the door when you open it. It can trap water between the body and the door. There is a thread on a solution but it doesn't bother me. Sometimes I get about a cup of water that can get your shoes wet. But it doesn't get inside the car.

Some people have experienced the drain tubes in the sun roof clogging and that can lead to water in the cab but you can resolve that fairly easily if it happens. It hasn't happened to me.

No rust at all on mine.
 

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I have had my 07 for a little over 2 years. I took it to the dealer for the first time about a month ago with problems with the A/C. They replaced the compressor and it then thru a belt and lost the idler pulley. I think they screwed up the belt install. No other problems. Actually, I think we might have contributed to the compressor problem because we left the commander idle for long periods with the A/C on to keep the dogs cool while shopping.
 

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Hello, Great forum and a lot of great info!

I was thinking about buying a Commander, kinda getting bored with my 02' 4x4 Expedition...but it gets 15mpg city with the mods I did......

-AF1
-5.4L 67K miles
-02 Expy 4X4
-20% Tint
-Hawk Pads
-Edge Evo 2
-Troyer E-Fans
-285/70/17 BFG MT's
-Mobil 1 Oils thoughout
-Magnaflow S/S SISO #15861
-BBK 1 5/8 Polished Ceramic Headers
-MotoBlue Underdrive pulleys w / Gatorback


Anyway,

I was reading a lot of reviews on the 2006 Commander at Edmunds or one of those review websites and a lot of them noted a lot of problems.....sunroofs leaking, interior flooding, windshields whistling and the windshield frames rusting out, water can dump on your head after a rainstorm and you open the doors....also I read that the underbody rusts really badly.

Is the gas mileage really that bad on the 5.7 liter? I have a 5.4 in my current Ford Expedition and I get 15mpg city 18mpg hiway at 75mph+

Have a lot of you also experienced these problems? If, so were the issues fixed by Jeep? Is a 2007 model year better as they may have fixed some issues?

Thanks in advance
Probs I've had.
*Whistling window..fixed under Jeep Warranty.

*Passenger side window auto up feature stopped working...fixed under Jeep Warranty.

*Rattling in rear area....fixed for awhile under Jeep Warranty...rattling started again.

*Noisy AC fan...fixed under Jeep Warranty.

*Smartbeams stopped working 2 months after purchase...Jeep service could never find out what the problem was...still not fixed.

*Loose passenger mirror...flops in the wind...happened after factory warranty expired..decided not to spend $100 deductable to have it fixed under extended warranty...still floppin.

*Transfer case motor and switch went out.....fixed under extended warranty.

*Fuel line leak....fixed under extended warranty. (thank goodness car did not catch fire and kill us both)

*Lighting on dash starting to go out...lighting on heat and ac controls going out.

*Auto up feature on driver side window just stopped working a few days ago.

*Side molding starting to seperate from mounts.

*Nav DVD disc mysteriously "went bad"....found a new one on EBAY for cheap...Chrylser wanted $150.00 for a replacement...

We have a 2006 Limited 4x4 with the Hemi, purchased new...64K miles on it now...perfectly maintained, garage kept, never mistreated.
FWIW, you should getthe same gas mileage as you do in your Expedition.

When the thing is working, it works real good. One of, if not the most, capable vehicles, I've ever owned....(in the snow and ice I'm not sure if it can be beaten by any other vehicle short of a Range Rover/Land Rover), Tows great, carries alot of people, good cargo area...theres alot to love, but I have just been let down by the probs, never had this many probs from any vehicle I've bought new...or used for that matter...in the past.

I am trading my Commander in on a new Expedition ASAP...problem is, no dealership in my area has any Expeditions..especially not a limited 4x4 model. The one that did, sold it hours before we went to make the deal :( It'll be a few more months before the new Expeditions start rolling out again (Ford stopped making them when things went south) Soooooo I am going to have suffer through another few months of Commander ownership.

If you do get a Commander...buy a high end extended warranty. Good luck!
 

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Thanks fellas,

a lot of great info and I am happy to hear most have not experienced the troubles reported by others.

It does sound like Daytonmann has had more than his share of troubles though.....sorry.

I am still undecided, I did go look at another 06 Commander Limited with the 5.7 Hemi and Navigation / DVD tonight....it had 24,000 miles and was around $25K

I think I can do better, but still need to search around. It drove nicely though....it would definately need some kind of lift and bigger tires though to improve the looks.....the ground clearance is pretty low in it's stock form.

Thanks and please keep any problems to look out for coming.


Question, does just one DVD come with the truck for the navigation? Is it good for the entire USA?

Thanks!
 

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That's too much for an 06 in my opinion.

Yes, one DVD, good for the entire US. Updates available for about $200 from dealer ...some other sources for cheaper apparantly but I have not updated mine.
 

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Thanks,

I have been trying to shop around for a 07' or 08' but they don't seem to be around as much as the 06' especially with the Hemi package.....

Thanks for the info on the navigation, the dealer couldn't find the disk tonight when I looked at it so I didn't even get to see what it looked like.
 
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