2006 Jeep Commander Limited 5.7 Hemi

Summary:

Luxury on wheels

Faults:

I was considering the Commander and the Nissan Armada when I made my purchase in 2006. At the time, I had a 2003 Wrangler Rubicon, which I really liked, but needed a larger family vehicle. Years ago, I had a 4Runner, which is the closest vehicle I've owned that was similar.

Nothing has really gone wrong with this car. I get it maintained at the dealer, and they are always out to get me to service the car for things it doesn't need. I did have to get the brake rotors changed at less than 20k miles, because they said they were rusting. Not really sure if this was true, but I went ahead and got it done for inspection. They looked fine outwardly.

Let's see, there is a small plastic cover on the inside tail gate, I think it is an access panel for the backup camera. This panel would not fit properly and kept falling off. So, I just store it. No biggie.

Sometimes, after a heavy rain, we get water seepage along the inside A-pillars. My wife's 05 Grand Cherokee does this too. I suspect sunroof drains. It doesn't happen all the time, but it is still unacceptable.

I noticed some rust forming in the engine bay in various areas after only 2 years. This is also unacceptable. So far, the outside is rust-free, and I hope it stays that way.

General Comments:

Due to the 12 mpg average, I use the car sparingly. It is great for long family trips, and has made several. Last year, we drove the car straight for 22 hours! Even the dog was comfortable. I can personally drive 12 hours at a time with no problems. Seeing out of the rear with the 3rd row seats up is next to impossible, but we rarely need them. Still, it's good to have the 3rd row in a pinch.

Navigation works great, as does the back seat video DVD.

It's a very heavy car. But physically smaller than other competition with 3 row seating. It feels much heavier than our Grand Cherokee.

The dark khaki paint has held up well, despite being stored in the driveway. I have the saddle leather seats, which are fairly rare, and give a rich look.

They stopped selling this model, and there won't be a direct replacement. Not like the Grand Cherokee, where they come out with new models every 5 years so you are pressured to buy a new one. So, I think the Commander is an instant classic like the old Grand Wagoneer was. For that reason, I plan on keeping it for another 10 years or more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th July, 2011

22nd Feb 2012, 23:31

I have the same model Commander - 5.7L. I was told that I could get better mileage by staying at 40 - 60mph due to the MDS (MultiDisplacementSystem) kicking the engine from an 8 cylinder down to a 4 cylinder - much better on the gas. It's also in the owner's manual.

2010 Jeep Commander Sport 5.7L Hemi

Summary:

Awesome SUV King of the Jeeps!

Faults:

The only issue that we have had with the car is the clock spring. We were driving home one night, and the EAS/BAS and traction control light came on. We brought it to the dealer, and they swapped it out real quick, and no problems since then. If you read online about this problem, although easy to fix, it's rather common.

General Comments:

If you decide to buy this vehicle, you should definitely get the 5.7L. It eats up the gas, but you end up with so much power that it does not matter. You put it to the floor, and you cannot resist smiling.

Other people seem to have an issue with the cargo space, but I find it to be sufficient.

The 4 wheel drive system feels solid, and has an incredible turning radius for the size of the vehicle. In fact it is eons better than the Zephyr was.

The MyGig is very cool for techies like myself, and can do just about anything.

All in all, I love this thing, and plan to drive it for quite some time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd February, 2011