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Our lease is up the end of Jan '09. The buy out $12,500.
We have 31,000 miles on her and have not had any of the troubles I have read about.
This being our first leased vehicle, does this seem like a fair buy out price?
It's stardard '06 with the 3.7l engine and nothing extra, just the base Commander. My wife loves it (primary driver). Also the kids love driving it. I'm torn as the gas mileage stinks. I did a long trip before new years, drove to Maine from CT, fully loaded, 7 people and a soft clam on top. Got about 15.5 mpg. On the return trip it was only me, 19 mpg. I don't drive fast or hard, averaged about 68 mph. Is this about the best it'll do for gas mileage?

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You got 19mpg in a commander and think that sucks? It's shaped like a brick, I don't think you'd get any better....

But, I'd think you could do better than 12500 on an 06 commander 3.7 stripper model. I could be wrong, but that seems high.
 

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19mpg does suck since my daily ride is a Toyota Corolla @ 38mpg. :)
I was quite surprised at the mileage difference, I can live with the 19mpg, but it rarely goes anywhere without a load of people and gear.
$12,500 is what Chrysler Finacial wants for it. We are going to the dealer to see what, if anything they can do. With this economy who wants another used SUV on their lot?

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Try putting all seven people in the Corolla and the clamshell on top and compare...borrow a shoehorn if needed. Do not eat Burritos the day before...
The factory warranty is up soon on the Jeep unless you have extended. If you can walk away with no money in then consider a newer model of the truck. No, they do not want a large vehicle and that goes for the newer ones also.
If you want better mileage with a SUV then consider a crossover. Some do quite well.
 

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Sounds to me like the rest your family like the Commander better than you do. I think you and your wife have to first decide if you want to own a Commander, with all its capability and with the known gas mileage that it gets.

If the answer is yes, I would shop around. Then you'll know if it is a good deal or not. I'm not sure myself.
 

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I have the 3.7L and average about 18mpg combined city/hwy. On hwy trips I usually get 21-23mpg fully loaded.

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Packed the 5 us in for a 8 hour ride to western NY, cramped, but still broke 35 mpg.

Are there any known serious issues beyond the warranty that have come up repeatably?
 

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Packed the 5 us in for a 8 hour ride to western NY, cramped, but still broke 35 mpg
Oh no doubt. My point was the corolla will never be able to do what the Commander does and vice versa. I know what you mean as one of my other cars is a Honda Civic and it averages 40mpg. A far cry from the 17.5 my Jeep does but I can't put all the folks, the gear, and tow a trailer with the civic. You pay your money and makes your choice..

Could not tell you about warranty issues..others could. I just wondered that if you like the Jeep and could get into a newer one with a full warranty at an attractive rate and/or price then it would be my choice. Parts have a strange habit of failing two minutes after the warranty is up (or seem to..lol).
If mpg is your main concern, you should stick to the corolla or a different crossover. The shape of the vehicle kills the miles. Of course the shape is one of the reasons I bought it.

I have a bicycle that gets phenomenal mppb (miles per power bar) but it has seating for only one, low cargo space (rack and two panniers) and about 100lbs towing (Burley flatbed trailer). Off road it isn't bad but I sometimes have to carry it rather than it carry me. It is easy to park though. Top end is a bit sluggish..seems to get slower and slower every year. The main power plant is aging faster than I am comfortable with.
 

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I like the Commander, just heard they have "issues" but what car doesn't.
As far as a new one ROFLAMO, went to the dealer for a lease and the price per month was something like $535 because their estimated resale on turn in is 24% of the original purchase price or something to that effect.
I'd like to keep it, just don't want to get burned.
Anyone know if I buy the car from the lease, will their be any dealer maintenance done like I would get if I bought a used car from them?
Inspections, check-ups? etc?
 

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I don't think 12,500 is to bad. My payoff is still about 16K on an '06 like yours.

Also, we just got back from Colorado with four adults, one child and about 300 pounds of luggage and also got 19MPG. That was at speeds of 75mph or greater.
 

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I like the Commander, just heard they have "issues" but what car doesn't.
As far as a new one ROFLAMO, went to the dealer for a lease and the price per month was something like $535 because their estimated resale on turn in is 24% of the original purchase price or something to that effect.
I'd like to keep it, just don't want to get burned.
Anyone know if I buy the car from the lease, will their be any dealer maintenance done like I would get if I bought a used car from them?
Inspections, check-ups? etc?
I must be missing something. Don't want to get burned. Will it be inspected. I've heard they have issues. You drove it since it rolled off the assembly line. After 30,000 miles you should have a feel for the vehicle. If you like it and want to buy it then I would think the only issue would be is the lease buy out fair in today's market. That should be fairly easy to get a handle on by trying to buy one like it. If you want a newer one under warranty, shop for a newer one.
 

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OK, I know I'm a bit grumpy these days, but after Mr. "Can I have a free car fax" I'll say it, I think we have some trolls in our midst. TR go get em.......... ;-)
 

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$12,500 does not seem so bad. Since I have been recently shopping for one I will tell you I have seen 06 base 3.7's selling as low as $10,900 with 30k miles at dealerships in the Detroit area. The dealership I bought my 4.7 at advertises the 3.7's at $11,400 to $12,800 and are lease turn in's.
 

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i paid just a hair over that for my 06 65th edition with a 4.7L , QT II, sunroofs, 6 disk changer etc. for a base model i would think you could do better than 12,5.
 

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I had a 06 65th edition 3.7 V6 with 27k on it when I turned it in, the original buyout was going to be 18K, Chrysler said i could have it for 14k.

I was able to get a 06 65th with the 4.7 and tow package with 21k for 13k, from a jeep dealer
 

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Everytime Chrysler Financial calls - they say no negotiation on the buy out. :(
I'm tired of dealing with them, if the dealer can help out fine, if not... I'll look elsewhere for a Commander, don't want to as I know what I got.:(
 

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The numbers of Commanders being turned in off leases are about to go through the roof. I am sure you will be able to find another one with less miles and more goodies for a great price. I just picked up my 07 4.7 loaded for $13,900 so deals are out there (at least I think I got a deal?) and the prices on used Commanders are dropping. Keep looking and best of luck to ya.
 

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Now is probably the best time in history to buy a north american vehicle. Shop around and see what Jeeps like yours are going for. I would let your dealer know this as well and that you expect them to beat any price you come across. I bought mine used on the net. I sent out emails to a number of dealers and waited to see who offered the best price. Something to try if you have a little time.
 

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My Lease is up on my '06 in April. Chrysler called me and offered me 7,000 off to keep it. I have a '06 Limited with 8k miles on it. My payoff will now be 16,888.
 

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Everytime Chrysler Financial calls - they say no negotiation on the buy out. :(
I'm tired of dealing with them, if the dealer can help out fine, if not... I'll look elsewhere for a Commander, don't want to as I know what I got.:(
Play hard ball. Let them know you have no intention of keeping it at that price. You are happy to turn it in at whatever dealership they want. It just doesn't seam to make sense to pay that much, when you can go buy a new 08 for 0 down 0% or whatever deal you can find. You can get a full loaded one for a pretty good deal. But if you want yours, be willing to let it go, and see what they offer. If they send it to Auction, they'll take a big hit, because the Retail value is 13-14k. That means wholesale would probably be around 10k. So I'd tell them that with the current economy, and the drop in prices across the board, you'd be willing to buy out the lease fro 10k, but at the 13,500 number, you'd rather use that $3500 to pay for 1year of new payments.

Just my opinion.
 
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