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Greetings,

New to this board, but am on several other Jeep boards with the same name.

I am seriously considering purchasing a Commander to keep my Wrangler company in the garage.

How do you folks like your Commanders? Is the 6 cyl engine adequate for most tasks? What kind of milage do you get?

Thanks in advance!
 

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BigDuke6,
Hopefully you'll find most people on this JeepCommander site, like their Jeep Commander. We all did the trade study and for one reason or another felt the JC was the best choice for us. While you while find many comments from folks unhappy with this or that, in the end I think you'll find they still love the vehicle.

For myself, I did the tradestudy and found the JC to be the best vehicle for what I wanted to do with it at any price.
I bought the Jeep Commander 5.7L HEMI, which only comes in the Limited package (which has a lot of the options as standard).
Here are my top reasons for why I bought the Jeep and love what I bought:
•Wanted superior off road capability (this significantly limits the field)
•Wanted a comfortable, maneuverable vehicle with some decent pick up (not a dog) and some light towing capacity.
•Drove the Jeep with the HEMI. LOVE the Hemi, it sells itself.
•Wanted some storage space to haul gear without the vehicle being a monster and difficult to get around, park, off road, etc. JC is 2 ft longer than GC.
•Love the Nav sys / 6-CD / Sirius unit. Very useful tool.
•Love the U-Connect Hands free system on board.
•Lots of little amenities (some more or less important than others, depending on your interest)... heated seats, sun roof, completely variable vents, individual temp controls, theater seating, commanding view /vantage point from driver’s seat, several cubby holes in cabin, wood trim, tinted windows, 3 separate power plugs – 2 in front, 1 in back, just to name a few.... oh, and a third seat if you want it.

It does all these things with great ease and comfort.
It's a pleasure to drive.
ROCKET
 

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1. Love it!

2. Go with the Hemi!

3. 12.3! (no highway miles)

Diddo to everything Rocket said...
 

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Opinions? oh, yeah. I'm sure you'll get them around here. If you own a command. then you can't help being a little crazy about it. I tell everybody that it rides like a cadillac, has great get up and go, has a nice throaty sound through the exhaust, nice and roomy(except for that third row seat (our teen kids favorite)) , looks easy to maintain, great looking dash and interior, crawls off-road like a tank, I personally can't believe the price compared to what we pd for our wrangler. I can't tell you anything about the v-6 eng. We have the 4.7 v-8. Apparently the v-6 is a little new and the 4.7 is tried and tested. ( good engine from what I hear). We made the right choice. Absolutely.
 

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I agree with the Rocket & Haags. I have the 4.7 & Love it. I wouldn't recommend the 3.7- underpowered. We have the Limited, with pretty much everything but the front & rear electric limited slip diffs.
Just had the 6 disc Nav serrius replaced with new unit. It got stuck in the switching cd cycle, waiting a month to get my 4 cds back from who knows where (brand new cds too) But hopefully, they will get them back to me unscathed. :rolleyes:
14 mpg in town now, not too bad. 1200 miles
We love our Commander, couldn't be happier.:cool: :D
 

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Have the 5.7L Hemi, gas mileage-who cares!!! I would have bought a Honda if I was concerned about it... I can pass just about anything but a gas station... I have been a Jeep owner/enthusiast for the better part of my life and the Commander is a home run as far as I am concerned. Also own a '05 Rubicon.
 

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we bought the simplest commander on the market 3.7 4x4 the only options (if they are indeed options) i have are back-up sensors,rear heat&air & charcoal colored alloy wheels. the wife & i love it !
i dont think that it is under powered at all with only 25 less horsepower than the small 8 averaging 14.5 mpg, i also live in iowa, alot flatter here. also own 04 wrangler
 

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Didn't mean to offend by saying the 3.7 is under powered, I'm an old motor head from the 70's, I think everything is unerpowered. My dd is an 03 Liberty with the 3.7 & it's got plenty of power. I test drove a 3.7 WJ and I thought it was a bit underpowered. I love the 3.7, I've had no problems at all & would buy another. My son drives a 02 GC which was my wife's before she got her Commander, so we are a three Jeep family!
 

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I bought the Hemi (but as they say (whoever 'they' are)) "different strokes for different blokes"), and made sure to have all the options, only because I intend on keeping it for many years. I did not want to skimp on such an investment that I hope will suit me just fine for many years. I also opted for the bumper to bumper warranty and the lifetime free oil changes.

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JC
 

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no offense taken here just throwin my 2 cents. i also have a 1971 camaro and would agree everything these days is underpowered in comparison to the 70's
 

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The V-6wont get much better gas mileage...it has to work harder to pull around the Commander than a V-8 does.
Big Duke...do your self a favor...get one of the V-8s..no, get the Hemi LOL
I have the Hemi..I have about 3500 miles on it..so far I LOVE the vehicle for too many reasons to list here. Just go drive a Commander back to back to its closest competitors, you'll see why I say that I love it.
Before we drove the Commander, our top choice was a Land Rover LR3...thats a damn fine vehicle and I was completely sold on the LR3 and was just one step away from buying it. For me to be swayed away from the LR3 speaks volumes about how good the Commander is.
We were begged by a salesman at a Jeep dealership to drive a Commander (we had stopped in for giggles to get info on the SRT-8) So... we drove it just for giggles, we ended up changing our minds on the spot. We test drove the Commander 3 times back to back against the LR3 just to make sure. We both decided on te Commander w/o any regrets.
I have seen gas milage mostly in the 15 to 16 mpg range..The best I've seen is 19.2mpg.
 

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When I was going through my decision making process over engines, I took the Hemi out for a spin and purposely reset the MPG calc on the computer to see what it would get. While doing 65 on cruise, I was getting 18.5. Back in city driving, I was getting 15 or so. This was a new Limited with 20 miles or so on the clock. Of course, when you're flooring it, the Hemi gets about 2mpg.. But as long as you're not a pedal masher, you'll do OK. For reference, my 1997 GC gets 12-14 city, and 17hwy, and that's with the 6cyl.
 

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I'm about as unbiased not-previously-a-Jeep-guy as you'll find on this site. I get an ear-to-ear grin every time I walk up to my JC and jump (climb) in. It's a cross between a full off-road tank and a minivan and a cadillac and a Lexus. You get luxury,room,power and people check it out when you drive by.
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We have the v6 and we are quite happy. This is my first jeep and I really didn't know what to expect as to reliablity. I had a buddy trying to talk me into the hemi. His selling point was just test drive it. So I guess my question for those with the hemi. Is it worth it? I heard it isn't a true hemi. Your thoughts. maximo
 
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