I recently sold my Commander after 6years. It was a 2006 limited diesel. It had done 220k when I sold it, 170 of that by me. I had a few minor issues with it such as auto wipers malfunctioning. I towed a 1500 kg boat regulary and must say that it did it with ease and in comfort. The AWD certainly gave it a sure footed feel and a lot more confidence when towing through twisties or in the wet. It was a lot better to drive and heaps more go than my previous vehicle, a GU Patrol. Fuel consumption wasn't great but it's a big car. minuses would be parts cost and availalability and as they are getting on in k's parts cost will become relevant. Would have highly recommended a few years ago but parts/electronics costs would now be a concern.
2006 Commander with 3.0 Mercedes Diesel and NAG1 transmission. Great tow vehicle , still economical with 2 tonne hanging off the back. No major problems at 195,000kms (approx 125,000 miles). Runs like new..still got another 100,000 kms (60,000 miles) at least in it.
The Commander started with a number of stupid problems..software not quite right, sun roof drain tubes blocked etc etc. Once you are past that and you use quality oil of the required spec and you service them they will last for 300-400,00 kms.
Good until it self ignites
Loved my Commander but it self-ignited and I had to hop out and see my beloved car burn.
Fiat Chrysler (Sydney) were concerned regarding the cause (not found) and lent me a hire car until I got back on the road. At first they gave me the hint that they would be forthcoming and get me back into a Jeep, but how wrong was I. Adelaide CityJeep just didn't want to know me and were of no help. I went through the trauma of seeing my car going up in smoke, losing good value, having to fork out more from my pension and not getting back into a brand I liked.
Your loss Fiat Chrysler, I am now seeking legal advice on my next step !!!
This is an Excellent 4x4 and Comfortable,
I brought this 2006 Jeep Commander 3ltr Turbo Diesel off E-Bay in June 2015 with 207000klm's on it i had to Fly from Sydney to Melbourne to buy it, Absolutely loved the drive home so Comfortable and Quiet fantastic Suspension best I have ever driven, then noticed an oil leak ONLY After removing the Engine Guard Protecter.or Skid Plate. the oil was coming from the Swerl Motor Seal I took it to my Jeep Dealer who said it would be 4 weeks before they could look at it and at a guess it would cost around $2900 to fix so I took it to my Local Mechani...c who got me in the next Day and fixed the problem by replacing the orange seals with the new Purple seals Fixed the Leak and charged me $350-00 parts and Labour. Took my Jeep on a Beach run very soft Sand i was the 4th vehicle in line, the Jeep was the lowest and started pushing Sand from front about a TONNE built up before it stopped had to be towed back out then lowered tyres to 12psi and made my own tracks nothing stopped it after that, but it defiantly needs Longer Legs, i.e. at least a 3" Lift Kit any suggestions as to where I can get this in Sydney. September 6th 2016 Update: Has to be the best 4X4 I have ever owned, I have had it for 18 months now I brought it on eBay from Has to be the best 4X4 I have ever owned, I have had it for 18 months now I brought it on eBay from Melbourne had to Fly down to MelbourNe to pick it up, Drove it back to Sydney no problems. After a while had to Replace the Front Drive Shaft at a cost of $1200 done the job myself, also had the Swerl motor seals replaced, I have just had a 2" Lift done on it and five new Micky Thompson BAJA Tyres fitted at a cost of $3600 Looks Great handles Great.
Worst Purchase Ever
Purchased a 2008 Commander with 113k kms on it. Beautiful to drive. Rear main seal dumped the oil in less than 3 hrs. Sent it back to the yard for warranty work and was told the rear main had been done a few days before picking it up. So 2 x rear main seals in less than 10 days. When completed, the airbag light came on. Has now been at a Jeep dealer for 3 months and neither Jeep Australia nor Jeep USA can work out what the problem is. Dealer is now refunding our money.
We traded a 1995 Cherokee on this. The Cherokee was 20 yrs old with 212k kms on it and had never let us down, hence I was happy to buy another Jeep, but never again.
Best Family Real Off Roader and an Absolute Bargain
Comfortable and quiet on road with a surprising turn of speed and good handling. Excellent off road and probably the best 4 wheel drive system bar none. Owned from new and has had no problems or defects in the 4 years we have owned it.
Economy is not bad at 25mpg on average considering its size and abilities. It is also packed with both luxury and safety items.
The so called hard plastics inside are made to be wiped down with a damp cloth if you get them muddy whilst using the car offroad. Amazingly hard wearing as an interior.
Only available second hand but find one and treasure it.
Size, space and the way it drives on and off road
great tow vehicle
Like anything, you need to check it out thoroughly but for us the commander we have had for two years and its great. 3.5 towing. Arguably the best off road capability (quadra drive). Some parts are harder to get..wish theyd made thousands more. Swirl motor seal needs to be changed to new one otherwise oil leaks into the turbo...not food. Merc engine and tran. Definitely worth a look!
beaut to drive, torque, luxurious. great off road (with lift kit).good tow vehicle.
parts harder to get. 3rd row seat only for small kids. rear visibility a pain. recommend reverse camers
What was I thinking
My first and last Jeep. I'm not sure why I initially was attracted to this vehicle maybe I wanted something different or maybe I was just confused. Built quality is very suspect. Fuel consumption is terrible but it's still not that powerful. These things look and feel cheap but arn't cheap so go figure. And a word of warning don't take it four wheel driving with friends with proper 4x4's it'll end badly.
The day I sold it to some poor guy with no taste
Leaked oil, bad build quality, the looks dated as soon as I left the show room floor and terrible resale
Defective TDV6 motor
Brand new Commander purchased with CRD V6 turbo diesel motor that leaked oil from day one.
Jeep refused to address and having travelled less than 9000 kilometres vehicle was rendered unroadworthy with defective motor and a quoted repair bill from Jeep dealer of over $5,500 to repair.
Have written to Jeep Australia and dealer and no one has responded with any form of customer service on their defective product.
I understand that sometimes a product can be defective and that's fine we all have to accept that, but it would be nice to deal wit...h a company that stands behind their product and not run for cover or ignore their customers complaints. Very poor effort guys now stuck with a $75,000.00 dollar lemon! Just remember customer service is remembered a long time afterwards good or bad. Jeep customer service is a joke and warranty next to worthless.
I do love my Jeep - but at every 6 months it costs a fortune! As it uses the special oil filter and oil, a minor service costs more than a full service did on my old car!
My son loves sitting in the 3rd row, but he gets a bit uncomfortable on long drives on holidays.
easy to drive, not too heavy!
cost of service!
Overall I love having it in my garage and driving occasionally when the whole family goes out. Daily running I use a small Renault for easier fuel use. The commander 5.7l hemi uses on avg 17-18l/100km and I drive quite smoothly with combination of freeway and stop/start (80/20 ratio) - I used to get avg 7.5l/100km with my VW Jetta petrol (previous car) 2.0litre manual driving exactly the same way. However can't expect too much with engine size and weight of Commander at around 2.3 tonnes. Like having something not too common, powerful, smoot...h. Plenty of space for 7, but very little space behind 3rd row when both seats up. We tend to have one of the seats down (split fold) for the pram and shopping (I have 6 in the family. Inside seating space is very good (similar to Audi Q7). I can happily sit in 3rd row for an hour or two (I am 5'7"). Vision out back or side with head rests up can be impaired so I tend to work the mirrors alot so I know where others cars are at all times. Sunroof and skylights are brilliant (Ltd model). Satnav map upgrade is $520 (bit pricey). Internal quality (leather seats) and external fit and finish is excellent. Built in Austria so doesn't surprise me. Don't know whether to call it American or European! Looks good, space for family, comfortable, lots of features, powerful(5.7 litre hemi V8) Plasticky dash and doors (means everything slides around), expensive to upgrade satnav, no flip keys, bit heavy on fuel.
This is our second Jeep, the first one being a Jeep Cherokee, the only reason we upgraded was to increase the pulling power needed for our caravan. We had an issue with the computer/electronics whilst on holidays, and Chrysler Jeep picked the vehicle up and provided us with a replacement vehicle until the repairs were carried out. Very happy with customer service.
2007 Jeep Commander 3L Diesel : I just love this vehicle, it looks good, runs beautifully and tows our 25ft caravan with ease.
Probably a little heavy on juice, but there is very little to critise about this vehicle
This is a great Jeep! I think it doesn't get the accolades it deserves. It goes anywhere, and takes you there in comfort. It stands out in the crowd, and certainly looks tough! I have read all sorts of review about the poor quality of the interior, but I think the fit and finish is very good, and the overall equipment levels are also great. I really like the wood grain! What can I say!!
Luxury Interior with all the featurs you need, Rugged Looks, Flexible Seating, Go Anywhere Capability.
Very comfortable on long country jaunts.
Diesel consumption significantly higher than expected, and sat nav not the best.
This car is fantastic it has more features than I could have imagined. Seven seats all electronic even tyre pressure is measured via infared this car is a dream. Looks great, drives great with front and rear sensors. As well as wipers. Seriously great Car no problems here.
Excellent features, luxury interior, 7 seats
Nothing I love her
The Jeep Commander is a proper 4WD and not a Toorak tractor like the Lexus RX.
The Jeep Commander is comfortable in stop / go city driving but can take it to the extreme off road and in the bush. It hass plenty of mod-cons inside including a decent enough stereo, good seats with proper adjustments and plenty of cupholders, though the fit and finish is not up to the standards of the European makes.
Rugged design and looks. Great V6 diesel engine - both powerfull and reasonably economical (at least for a go anywhere 4WD).
Interior design, fit and finish is not the best and no nearly comparable to the european upmarket 4WD's that this vehicle is trying to ente into.
I couldn't believe how out-of-date the Japanese 4x4s are. The Commander has the best 4x4 system on the market and the best diesel engine under $100k. The fact that it's also very smooth and quiet on the road is a bonus, I think it handles better than some cars I've driven. I can't believe that there aren't more on the road !!
Fabulous turbo diesel engine, quick but also economical - I'm getting 10l/100ks around the city !! Very nice interior, unbeatable value.
A little low at the front, waiting for the Old Man Emu suspension kit to come out.
Questions & Answers
Hi I have a 2007 jeep commander 4.7v8
Recently had trouble starting up eventually just died,towed to mechanics and was told it was the engine computer module needs to be replaced plus 2 keys, they quoted me $11.000 to fix that's plus labour my mouth dropped I'm like what the hell, been doing some research online and have seen these parts going for under $300 need help pls.
Our 2006 Jeep Commander will not start due to computer and or electrical problems. mechanics and auto electricians do not know why. Has anyone got any suggestions? We really liked the car but do not know whether it is possible to fix it. We had the ECU repaired and a new starter motor. Maybe we will have to scrap it. Thank you
A little more information would assist. Is your Commander a Diesel? Does it start and die within a few seconds? Have you changed the battery?
I have a Diesel 2006 Commander and did have a similar problem after jump starting it due to the ECU putting it into "anti theft" mode when too many initial attempts were made.
I had a few electrical glitches with mine and sold the car before they started costing big $$. Sounds like time for yours to go. Maybe take to a jeep dealer and have the problem analysed to see if it's worth fixing. Not sure what they are worth as scrap but obviously worth more running. Good luck.
Back seat head rests. How do you make then a fixed position as they are laying down pushing against neck and head
I am not sure. I removed the centre rear headrest in order to get e clear view through the rear window.
It's all immaterial now because the Commander self ignited last August and burnt to the ground !!!
Hi Pat. From memory if you lay the seat down the headrest falls. I think you need to lift it before you lift the seat upright again.
Hi Pat, sorry for taking so long getting back to you, My rear headrests are leaning slightly forward can't straighten them up,
I also removed the centre rear headrest in order to get e clear view through the rear window.
So Sorry to hear you lost your Commander, I just love mine, had to Replace Front Driveshaft after 200,000klm though. I am now aiming towards getting a 2" Lift and slightly Wider Tyres for Beach Driving, hope to have it all done before March 2017.
?? have you Brought another Commander.
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