About Jeep Commander
Jeep Commander is a mid-size SUV manufactured by FCA US LLC from 2006 to 2010. The first Jeep Commander was introduced at the 2005 New York Auto Show. It was the counterpart to third generation Jeep Grand Cherokee as a 4-door SUV. Though it had been produced for only about 5 years, it did make its contribution to automobile sales of FCA US LLC.
Jeep Commander was available in several different trim levels including Base/Sport (2006-2010), Limited (2006-2010), Overland (2007-2009), Rocky Mountain (2007-2009) and 65th Anniversary Edition (2006). Different trim levels get power from different powertrains as well. Base/Sport was powered by 3.7 L 210 hp V6 engine or 4.7 L 235 to 307 hp hp V8 engine, Limited was powered by 4.7 L 235 hp to 307 hp or 5.7 L 330 to 357 hp HEMI V8 engines, and Overland was powered by 5.7 L 330 to 357 hp HEMI V8 engine as well. While the XH, which is sold outside North America got power from 3.0 L OM642 V6 diesel engine. However, all engines were mated to 5-speed automatic transmissions. It is a pity that Jeep Commander was announced to be replaced by 2011 Dodge Durango.
Jeep Commander Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Though Jeep Commander offers four-wheel drive system and possesses excellent off-road capabilities, some problems still will arise as the accumulation of mileage. Some Commander drivers provided following problems:
First, engine stalls without warning while driving. In fact, if your Commander has been used for a long time at the meanwhile under harsh road conditions, it is very likely engine would fail. General speaking, not only would the engine suffer from misfiring, rough idling but also the car would experience a loss in power and acceleration or gas mileage followed poor fuel economy. Once above happened, you should check your ignition coil, fuel pump or time chain tensioner.
Second, suspension system problem. As Commander owners described, they could hear clunking, rattling or squeaking noises coming from underneath the car and sound would get louder as time passes by. At the same time, handling becomes sluggish to response as well as vibration travelling through steering wheel to hands. It is typical suspension system problem, and usually you need to check the control arm or sway bar bushing to determine which one goes wrong.
Windshield wiper or wiper blade would work not as new if used for too long. So would headlights. For your driving safety's sake, you need to make sure they perform perfectly every time before you are on ride.
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