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My wife and I are expecting a second child and double strollers just Don't. Freaking. Fit. in anything smaller than an SUV. So we're on the market for a used SUV.

We have located a loaded 2006 Commander(Nav, DVD, second row skylights, moonroof, Etc). It has about 20K on the odo. The exterior is in fair condition(light scratches, a single ding), and the interior is fine. The price is right at less than $24K.

My question is this: would you buy this vehicle? It's got 15K or less on the warranty which concerns me, but a used Honda Pilot has a similar warranty.

So let me know...would you be interested in this vehicle, knowing what you know about your commander's reliability?

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Sam
 

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The only downside to the Commander and smallish children is the difficulty for them to get into the back seat. The lower part of the door is pretty small so my 4 year old has some trouble getting in. He does, but it is a struggle. Running boards may help that.

I feel your pain, when we got the old double stroller it wouldn't fit in the Taurus. We got a Chrysler Town and Country at that time. Honestly, Minivans are far more family friendly. I just am not personally going to drive one. I just can't make myself do it. There's no reason other than the whole minivan stigma though, ours drove great, got decent gas mileage, hauled a ton of stuff, rode nice, and hauled 7 adults with room to spare, and had excellent traction control for the winter. But, you're never going to go offroad in a Minivan. I only say this to let you know that there are other options, it doesn't have to be an SUV.

Me, I'd get the Commander and running boards (my wife won't let me buy them) over the Minivan. But I did need to point out the practicality of them. However, 24k for a very used, and neglected Commander seems high. You'd get about 17-18k on a tradein on that same Commander.
 

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What makes the Commander is question "very used and neglected"?
 

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I don't know that it's "very used" or "neglected". It seems like wear and tear, mostly. Hell, if all that's wrong with it are some light scratching and a ding or two, that would be considered good around here.

The wife won't drive a minivan, that's the only reason we're not looking at them.

$24K for a fully loaded Commander seems like a good price, despite the fact that the trade is far below that number. Cars just don't keep their value for ****e these days...unless it's a Honda. I'm $8K upside-down on my Jetta.

Last time we looked at a Commander that was similarly optioned and used, the ask on it was $32K. This was about 6-8 months ago.

My main concerns are with reliability. I see lots of random complaints about total electrical failures and dying on the road and ABS/Stability control failures and that has me alarmed a bit. Not only the cost factor, but it will be my wife's primary vehicle.

Thanks for your feedback everybody.

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He said not much warranty left. That makes it very used. He said the paint was in "fair" condition. Fair is the lowest rating on vehicles. That makes it neglected. Maybe he underclassified it when he said fair, I don't know, can only go by what he said.

I've had what I would consider no problems with my Commander. My rear park sensors didn't work for a bit, but they did after I cleaned them. My airbag light comes on occasionally, but that is because I put an aftermarket stereo in and the CAN Bus on these newer vehicles have everything, including the radio, running through them. New cars simply don't adapt well to change. If I went back to the stock stereo I would not have that issue.
 

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You didnt mention the engine. If its the 6 cycl. I wouldnt buy it, if its the Hemi I'd grab it. If its the inbetween I'd ask myself if I planned on towing anything heavy. I have the 2007 Hemi Overland and have NEVER had one single problem with it. I think its the finest vehicle I have ever driven on the road and I feel very safe in it. john
 

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GAWD,

I would probably runaway, I love my COMMANDER but it has been a complete headache with things going wrong. If you intrested in the commander you might want to look at the 07's, being on this forum for some time it appears that the 2nd generation COMMANDERS do not have nearly the issues as the later.
 

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I disagree with Ranger about 06's having problems. Mine is an early build 06 and has been fine.

I can't speak to the water leak problems since I don't have a sunroof and all the leaking problems seem to be related to that.

Anyway, troublefree 06 here.

What engine are you looking at Gawd? Also 2wd or 4wd? If you're really down to this and the Honda Pilot, I like the Commander much much better than the Pilot I test drove. Now the Ridgeline, different story. Although the seats themselves are more Comfortable in the Commander than the Ridgeline, but the Ridgeline is built well, same MPG or better, has more 2nd row legroom, and is very versatile, especially with the trunk in the bed.

One thing to keep in mind is that if you are getting it for storage capacity, and you plan on using the 3rd row seats, you can't have both. With the rear seats up, you have basically no interior storage. To combat that when on road trips with the family we only fold up one side of the 3rd row so luggage can go on the other side. Just something to know.
 

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haven't had a single problem with our '06. bought it new in march '06 and now has 22,000 on it. we have the 3.7. if you're not towing anything then there is nothing wrong with the 3.7. we get 16 mpg in town and 22 hwy with the QT1. the thing goes like a tank in the snow too.
as for the price, vehicles just aren't selling right now. i would say closer to $20k would be more in line. i just bought an '07 ram 1500 4x4 quad cab that stickered at $35,060 for $24,138 brand new, with a lifetime warranty. i would tell them to come down on their price but to be sure check kelly blue book (www.kbb.com). see what they say is a fair price.
 

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RedCommander said:
He said not much warranty left. That makes it very used. He said the paint was in "fair" condition. Fair is the lowest rating on vehicles. That makes it neglected.
In appraisal terms, fair isn't the lowest. Most appriasers terms are:

Superior - show quality, trailered, award winning
Outstanding - appears show quality but driven
Very Good - above average, street driven, limited use
Sound - daily driver or average
Fair - below average, needs minimal upgrade and shows wear
Servicable - restorable but needs much work
Poor - non-operational or parts car

They way he describes it, it appears to be in sound condition. I really don't have many problems with my XK and would like to get the newest gen. As for used - there is nothing wrong with that. HTH.
 

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Hello. I'm new to the board as I have just discovered that it existed. It is great to have a place to ask questions and get answers from other Commander owners. My 2007 Bright Silver Commander Sport 4x4 4.7Flex QT2 was purchased about 3 weeks ago. I feel I got a great deal on a great truck and couldn't be more pleased with my decision. The build date is 11/06 and the truck had 8500 miles on it. The price was $21,500 and that included new floor mats and the skid plates/tow hooks I made the dealer install to close the deal. For a truck that stickered new at over $33k, I think I got a bargain by not having to eat that first year's worth of depreciation.

I do love this truck. It does everything I ask it to do without a whimper. My home is deep in the heart of Texas and I just got back yesterday from a 5 day 2000 mile trek across the state. On the highway this truck is so smooth and well mannered, and on the dirt roads of West Texas it took a beatin' and kept on tickin'. At 11k showing now on the speedo, I'm getting lifetime mileage of 17.9 mpg.

So, IMHO the Jeep Commander is an undiscovered jewel amongst SUV's. Good deals can be had on one, because many people in the market to buy just don't know how great they are. Sure glad I bought it instead of the new Wrangler I had my eye on. Much better truck for my purposes, and better bang for the buck.
 

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Mine is an early build (09/05) 2006... I had a few of the classic problems....blocked sunroof drain.....bad window regulator....but all in all it's been a great running vehicle. I'd buy another one in a heartbeat.
 

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GaWd said:
My wife and I are expecting a second child and double strollers just Don't. Freaking. Fit. in anything smaller than an SUV. So we're on the market for a used SUV.

We have located a loaded 2006 Commander(Nav, DVD, second row skylights, moonroof, Etc). It has about 20K on the odo. The exterior is in fair condition(light scratches, a single ding), and the interior is fine. The price is right at less than $24K.

My question is this: would you buy this vehicle? It's got 15K or less on the warranty which concerns me, but a used Honda Pilot has a similar warranty.

So let me know...would you be interested in this vehicle, knowing what you know about your commander's reliability?

Regards,

Sam
Hey Sam, congrats. I love my Commander, but have to say if I had it when my kids were small I would be frustrated. It is a fantastic driving/riding/capable vehicle that does almost everything better than the rest, but isnt the best at any.

One area where it really is NOT good is cargo capacity. By the time you add the strollers, diaper bags, other kid accessories, the back will be full, and not able to take the groceries, etc. I would test drive it and load all your stuff in, see how it fits you. Yes it is an SUV, but it has less storage capacity than the Saab I replaced it with.

The Pilot is much better in this regard, and I think most others are too.
When my 3 were little it was a Suburban, and then an Olds Silhouette Mini Van. If it is space you want/need, the Commander isnt what you want.

That said, with all my kids being teens now, it is PERFECT for us. I just turned 20K miles, no issues, not one visit to the dealer.

As for the price, I'd say it was WRONG, you can get a New Commander cheaper than that, and probably a loaded 07 leftover for close to that with a lifetime powertrain warranty. I wouldnt buy one used for more than 16K..... Not because I dont think the Commander isnt worth it, just the reality of street value these days.
 

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My parents were recently down here, in hawaii, for vacation and I let them use my commander to drive around and go where they needed while I worked. Long story short, once they got home, my dad traded in his silverado for the exact same car and is looking at getting a second one for my mom. Yes they are that good. I would get it.
 

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I still didn't see what the drive train was.....
Also what is fully loaded... Leather, heated seats, tow package??
It aint a bad deal if it had on of the V8's and QDII. But try to get a better warrantee deal by far. Either chrystler certified used or another warentee comapany
 

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Sam,

For what it's worth we have an 2006 fully loaded Limited with 17,000 miles on it. We have had no problems. As for price, vehicles are not selling now. I got mine brand new a year ago and paid 29,600 (before tax), I think you can do better on price. The end of the year is at hand, I would lowball and see what happens.
 
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