I have had an '07 for almost a year now. I Love it!!!
I have previously owned 2 Jeep Cherokees and swore I would buy nothing but Jeep. Then they discontinued the Cherokee and I though I was doomed!!
The Commander is very Cherokee/Wagoneer.
The common problems with them, however, include the wind noise, which in my vehicle is an ear-popping noise, a whooping noise, when the windows are down.
The windshields break in a lot of them, sometimes very easily. I just had mine replaced and the body shop showed me why they break so easily. The glue that secures the glass is set on some bondo like stuff that chips off leaving space for the windshield to jostle around, and therefore break.
The windows go up and down by themselves sometimes, ghostly!!! My kids say we have a Transformer Jeep!!! How cool!!
The OEM mud flaps you buy don't go on as perfectly as advertised, and the bolts are plastic! My husband bought some real bolts and washers to put my on!!
Gas mileage runs just a little less than my '98 Cherokee.
The hauling capacity and the comfort are worth it. The awesome stereo is worth it, too. My stereo has a very deep bass, even when it's turned to -9, though.
Since this is my first brand spanking new vehicle ever and I am paying $$$ for it, I am not complaining, I just think everyone should be aware of some of the issues. This is what I wanted and I got it!!!
If you love your Jeep Cherokee, the styling, the ruggedness, the Jeep-factor, you will love the Commander.Otherwise...
It's a JEEP thing, you wouldn't understand!!!
I understand one thing... the Commander is a behemoth compared to the Cherokees made from 1984 thru 2001.
Also the Commander is a Chrysler design, the Cherokee was an AMC design. I'd take the old Cherokee, Thank You.
Me and my sister both have Jeep Commanders, and in the same rain storm we both had water in the floor. My sister had way more water than I did. She took hers into the shop and they cleaned the drain on the sunroof. She hasn't had a problem since.
My fas mileage with my HEMI engine is only 9.5 per gallon. I think that's horrible. The dealership lied to me when I bought it saying it would shift down into 4 cylinders on the highway. I get 10 miles to the gallon on the highway. I have had it for 6 months now and have never had it serviced. I hope that can be fixed.
Other than that, we both LOVE our Jeeps!
I Love a Jeep. I will always have a Jeep. I have had my problems with the Jeep's I have purchased in the past. Jeep wrangler sahara edition, I went through three of those in 6 months. They all three leaked from the passenger side. We could never figure out where it come from. I then traded for a Jeep Cherokee Classic. I absolutely loved the vehicle. I had NO problems at all with it. I had a Jeep Cherokee Larado. That vehicle leaked into the rear driver side floor. We purchased today The 2006 Jeep Commander 65th edition. We love it and hope we have no leakage!!!
I just spent a couple of days in a rented nearly new Commander, and I will just comment that the fuel mileage was impressively bad for a relatively modern vehicle; somewhere South of 15 MPG on a combination of interstate and state road driving. Other than poor fuel economy, the Commander was OK.
I purchase my 2006 Jeep Commander 65th edition in May of 2006. My vehicle has 80,000 miles and my only problem so far was a replacement of traction bar. The past year I have had to drive it to work, 80 miles round trip. I get 18-22 mpg depending on my speed.
My Jeep is perfect for the Michigan weather.
I am just replacing the original tires.
All and all... I am very satisfied with my vehicle, although I will be getting a smaller and greater mileage vehicle for the commute to work.
I have the same whistling noise with my 2006 Commander Limited HEMI. I traced it to the roof rack position and apertures. By adjusting the roof rack crossbars for position, either rearward or forward, I was able to almost completely negate the whistling noise. However, because there are apertures, bumps, blisters and strakes, etc. all over the roof, there will still be more noise than usual with the sunroof open, but at least it will not whistle.
I had the same problem with my Jeep Commander. I took it to a Jeep dealership, and they tried to charge me 120$ just to look at it. I snooped around on the Jeep forum, and found out my sun roof drain holes were clogged. I took a long flexible wire from a bicycle handle brake, and pushed it in the hole as far as I could. The sun roof drain hole has never clogged up since.
I know this might sound silly and basic, but the wind noise could be as simple as the adjustment angle of the exterior mirrors, MAYBE???
No, your dealer didn't lie - the Hemi MDS does cut 4 cylinders in light load conditions. You may not be meeting those conditions and/or running on incorrect oil, which prevents the MDS from working correctly.
Main reason the windscreens break, is that they're so vertical that stones smash at full speed into them, instead of skipping off. My wife and I occasionally duck at the high speed crack, before we realise oh it's another stone. Won't bother repairing mine until it fails the MOT.