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Hola friends!

I just sold my 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser, which I had purchased new in March '08. It was nice and all, but lacked backseat space. Loved wheeling it and taking it out on the beach to tow my ATV.

But now I'm considering getting a Commander. There are very well priced in the used market, so it's very likely I will get one. Given the Jeep heritage, you can't go wrong! :)

So my questions are few but important: What's the deal w/ the V8's? I see the Hemi and the 4.7. Which is better? I don't mean which has the most HP and TQ but rather, which is easier/cheaper to run, does the job good enough etc? Ok in short: If I get the 4.7, will I regret not getting the 5.7 down the road?

Second, I'm looking at either a limited or sport. What are the differences between the two and is either or a MUST to have?

Last (for now!) the 4WD system: I notice there are a couple variations, which is best and why and what model/engine is it available on?

Greetings from SoCal!

Thanks!
 

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Before we can answer those questions, what do you intend to do with the Jeep? Pavement only, off roading, pulling a trailer, do you drive a lot of hills, etc.

Both are great motors, but how you intend to use your Commander will help.
 

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I have the 5.7 HEMI and very satisfied with it. I have read lot from the forum that the HEMI is one of the best engine there is, and you can do a lot of modification compared to the 4.7. The limited has the QDII which is a very capable/good system, in the sport I think QDII is an option. I hope you will choose the commander, I am sure you will be happy with it as most or all of us here are very satified with it. Goodluck!
 

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I have the HEMI also and have no complaints. In fact, I think as you wander around the site, you will probably not find anyone who has the HEMI say they would rather have gotten the 4.7 - even during $5 gas I don't think anyone said that. However, there are PLENTY of people with the 4.7 that are perfectly content with it as well.

I've driven both (albeit I only drove a 4.7 very briefly) and I wouldn't trade.
 

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hey godfather, you may want to look at an 08 commander instead of a used one. there are great deals on 08 models. a bunch of new members on the site are getting steals. welcome to the forum.
 

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Welcome to the forum from the beautiful Ozark mountains.

Coming from a guy with the V6, I would think that you would be quite happy with the 4.7.

If you do a lot of towing then that is the minimum you would want. IMO
 

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We have the 4.7L in ours, and it's fine. I'd rather have the Hemi, but the one we found that we loved had the 4.7, and we were fine with it.

I will admit that compared to our old '97 Cherokee Sport that had a 4.0 I6, the Commander with the 4.7 V8 feels a bit sluggish in straightline acceleration. We had no problem towing our Mitsubishi coupe from Michigan to northern Virginia on a car dolly after we bought it, though. You couldn't even tell it was there. We have the optional towing package, and the 4.7 did a great job. The Mitsu we towed weighs about 2600 pounds.

On whether to get the Limited or Sport, it was a no-brainer for my wife and I. We wanted the chrome exterior trim package and the saddle brown leather interior that came with the Limited. The Limited should also hold its resale value a little better. The heated seats and automatic wipers are a nice bonus, too.

Drako, I believe QDII does not come standard on the Limited, because our Limited does not have it. It might come standard on the Hemi version of the Limited, though.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I guess the 4.7 isn't bad at all then. So the limited does look better, but is it worth it?

Also, looking at prices, one can get an 06 limited 4.7 4wd for about 18k and for the same price you can get an '08 non limited w/ the same stuff. What gives? The mileage is about the same.

Any differences between the 06 and other years that are important? Any chronic issues w/ the 06 and/or the 4.7?
 

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Thanks for the replies. I guess the 4.7 isn't bad at all then. So the limited does look better, but is it worth it?
As far as I'm concerned, yes. It feels like a luxury vehicle inside, which is what we were looking for, and the chrome trim is really sharp. Other people probably don't need all the bells and whistles that come on the Limited, though. Just look at the features and get what fits you best, and try not to think too much about what the badge says. Like I said, we absolutely had to have the saddle brown interior and loved the chrome assist handles on the hatch and the chrome trim and wheels. If you don't need that stuff, you will probably save a little coin by going down to the Sport model.

Also, looking at prices, one can get an 06 limited 4.7 4wd for about 18k and for the same price you can get an '08 non limited w/ the same stuff. What gives? The mileage is about the same.
It's two years older, but it's the up-model. That's why its the same price as a newer vehicle with the same options. The non-Limited is probably missing some of the features that come on the Limited, but it's a newer vehicle.

Any differences between the 06 and other years that are important? Any chronic issues w/ the 06 and/or the 4.7?
Someone else can answer this better than I can, but generally as a vehicle progresses through it's model generation, small improvements are made on the design to make it more reliable, perform slightly better, etc... In all my research, I didn't find any major issues with the '06 compared with the newer models, and the year-to-year changes were inconsequential to us. Like I said though, someone here may know something that I didn't find in my research on the vehicle.
 

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Hola friends!

I just sold my 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser, which I had purchased new in March '08. It was nice and all, but lacked backseat space. Loved wheeling it and taking it out on the beach to tow my ATV.

But now I'm considering getting a Commander. There are very well priced in the used market, so it's very likely I will get one. Given the Jeep heritage, you can't go wrong! :)

So my questions are few but important: What's the deal w/ the V8's? I see the Hemi and the 4.7. Which is better? I don't mean which has the most HP and TQ but rather, which is easier/cheaper to run, does the job good enough etc? Ok in short: If I get the 4.7, will I regret not getting the 5.7 down the road?

Second, I'm looking at either a limited or sport. What are the differences between the two and is either or a MUST to have?

Last (for now!) the 4WD system: I notice there are a couple variations, which is best and why and what model/engine is it available on?

Greetings from SoCal!

Thanks!
Can't help but ask.... why wouldn't you just get a 4Runner? You can get a V8 (unlike the FJ) in the 4Runner and it seems to meet all of your other criteria.

BTW, we have both a 4Runner and Commander in our family of SUVs now...
 

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Kev thanks for the replies. I'll let the other chime in and see what they say.

So the limited only has leather, chrome trim and the funky handles on the hatch? Is that the only difference?
 

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For differences in models go to the jeep web site and you can compare the two.
 

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So the limited only has leather, chrome trim and the funky handles on the hatch? Is that the only difference?
Memory seats and mirrors for 2 drivers, heated seats, dual heat and ac zones with auto temperature control, separate heat and air for third row, power adjustable gas and brake pedals, steering wheel mounted radio controls..
 

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I have the HEMI limited and I am so glad I went that direction. I came from an 06 Civic Si.

The Jeep feels every bit as fast as the Civic was, even at twice the weight, but it feels so luxurious inside, with all the amenities. The saddle leather, the heated seats, navigation, DVD entertainment system, auto everything... loving it.

Mine is an 06, bought it 3 months ago, with 18k miles on it for $20,600.

Good luck with finding what you want in your Jeep... it's a fun ride!
 

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