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Are Commanders maintenance intensive?

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I've joined a forum for every ride I've had so I'm familiar with many posts being about issues.....

It seems like most here are happy that they have a Commander but holy cow, it seems like these things are temperamental and easy things like coolant changes are complicated?
 

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I've joined a forum for every ride I've had so I'm familiar with many posts being about issues.....

It seems like most here are happy that they have a Commander but holy cow, it seems like these things are temperamental and easy things like coolant changes are complicated?
@Polar;

You get the build sheet & owner's manual for your Commander as instructed here - if you don't have them already;

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Follow the recommended applicable maintenance schedule, as listed in your owner's manual & stick with Factory OEM replacement parts & FLUIDS and you should be just fine.

The X-Factor here is, how well did the previous owner/owners do this before you?

That's really the variable that may, or may not, make it challenging for you.
 

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No issues with mine just far, a few weeks in. But the previous owner was a 20yr mechanic at the Jeep dealer I bought it from.
 

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I have owned my 2010 Commander since 2015, and have put about 90,000 miles on it (for a total of about 120,000 miles). That includes a fair amount of off roading as well as being my wife’s daily driver.

My Commander has been durable and reliable. I have done only the typical maintenance repairs and upgrades (shocks/lift, brakes, larger tires, fluid changes) and had a few electronic issues and a leaky sunroof but nothing that I couldn’t fix after a bit of stumbling.

I think my experience is more common than not, but these vehicles are getting older and so things wear out.
 

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All,

Thanks for the feedback. I do have my build sheet and will follow the maintenance schedule. I also plan on getting the code reader. Does anyone have a recommended brand and model? I'm not afraid to spend. I've found that cheap tools are never worth it in the end.

One more question, I plan on towing with this rig. I have the factory tow package and will be hauling 1,000 lbs or so about 250 miles once or twice a month. I also drop a boat in the lake every weekend in the summer (about 3,000 lbs dry).

Does anyone recommend adding an oil cooler or other upgrade? I understand overheating could crater my Hemi....
 

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On towing, since you have the factory tow package it is all set for up to 7200 pounds. No need for extra cooling or blowing up the HEMI.
Also it is all explained in the owners manual,, You can download a free Owner's Manual here--->2008 Owner's Manual


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I've joined a forum for every ride I've had so I'm familiar with many posts being about issues.....

It seems like most here are happy that they have a Commander but holy cow, it seems like these things are temperamental and easy things like coolant changes are complicated?
I think it is the modern automobile they are all a pain in arse to change simple things that in the 70s we did not have a problem with. Get use to it buddy and get you a bleeder to bleed off the bubble or air in the system. 45.00 at most box stores?:).
 
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