2006 Jeep Commander Limited 5.7 Hemi
Luxury on wheels
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.
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.
7th Oct 2016, 16:53
I am the original poster giving an update. We are original owners of this now 10 year old Jeep which now has 61k miles... that comes out to about 6,000 miles per year. I had planned on keeping the Jeep another 10 years or so, but may end up selling it in 2017 due to the biggest disappointment to date... RUST!!!
All areas under the car have been plagued by rust, which started to appear when it was only a few years old and has only gotten worse. Things like metal steering pump piping have rusted through and needed replacement. Suspension parts all look crusty. The floor has signs of rust showing and the rockers are rusting from the inside out. I get it, the car is 10 years old and I live in the mid-west. But, I just expect more in terms of rust proofing on modern era cars. I'll note that brake rotors also rust prematurely and have needed to be replaced on average every other year (that's only 12k miles).
The car is parked outside but I've maintained it very well. I'd love to keep it, but at the rate it is rusting, it may not be around in a few short years. So, I may sell it while it has value and buy something with a aluminum or galvanized chassis like a VW, Audi, Jaguar or Mercedes. I know, they all bring their own unique set of problems.
I hear the 2018 Wrangler will utilize a lot of aluminum. If the underbody is made of it, perhaps I will go back to driving a Wrangler.
One other thing we noticed, having owned both a Grand Cherokee and Commander from the same era... the Grand Cherokee has more interior cargo space!