The world of PR keeps getting weirder by the minute.... this time, seven contestants licked their way through more than 700 pounds of chocolate covering several Jeep vehicles.
In the picture, Ben Winner of Columbus, Ohio, licks through more than a 100 lbs. of chocolate covering the grill of a Jeep Commander, as he searches for the "sweet spot," and keys to an all-new Jeep Liberty in the Sweetest Day The Jeep Way Contest in Cleveland, the holiday's original home. In spite of his name, he didn't win...
Thursday, November 08, 2007
The world of PR keeps getting weirder by the minute.... this time, seven contestants licked their way through more than 700 pounds of chocolate covering several Jeep vehicles.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Jada Toys makes this sharp 1:64 die cast replica of a Jeep Commander, with a radical suspension lift. Jada Toys Jada Toys, Inc., headquartered in City of Industry, Calif., is a leading manufacturer of authentically licensed and highly stylized die-cast collectible and remote controlled vehicles. You can buy their products here.
Labels: Die Cast Models
Now may be the best time to buy a new Jeep Commander. The Commander appeared in first place among the most heavily discounted cars, according to Businessweek, selling at 29% discount off retail price. The Jeep Grand Cherokee also appears on the list, with discounts of up to 25%.
Friday, November 02, 2007
Chrysler announced that it will cut production of four models for 2008: Chrysler Pacifica, PT Cruiser convertible, Crossfire and Dodge Magnum. The Jeep Commander appears safe for now, although some speculate that it may be a casualty of the next round of cuts, due to its slow sales and the possible cannibalization of Jeep Grand Cherokee sales.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
- Increases horsepower & torque.
- Maximizes airflow for better acceleration and responsiveness
- Improved performance results in greater fuel efficiency
- Installs in less than 60 minutes using factory mounting points
- No cutting or drilling to engine compartment is required
- Replaces OE air filter with high flow high performance 360 degree radial flow air filter
- Washable/reusable air filter with the deepest pleats in the industry is the largest possible in the space allowed
- Replaces factory air box with a heat-blocking shield that seals to the hood
- Limited lifetime warranty
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Very cool video of a Jeep Commander crossing a river at a 4x4 event in the Phillipines. The video shows a Range Rover crossing the river first (the Commander appears a couple of minutes into the video, so be patient...).
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Halos ( rings of light surrounding the outside edge of the reflectors on vehicle headlights) were originally developed by BMW and now aftermarket manufacturers are offering halo kits for many different makes and models. I found this halo kit for the Jeep Commander on ebay, marketed by a company called Advanced Automotive Concepts. This halo kit uses CCFL (cold cathode fluorescent lighting) core technology. CCFL produces a very white light with a very slight hint of blue or cyan. The look is very "high tech" and matches HID equipped lights exceedingly well. Additionally, this technology provides for very bright output from the halo rings so they're visible day or night. It can be installed in under four hours if you are moderately experienced.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
The New Chrysler Premiere Event will take place today, Aug. 15, 2007. From 6 to 9 p.m., attendees at participating dealerships will have the opportunity to drive new products and enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win one of 15 Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge vehicles. The sweepstakes offerings include the following 2007 or 2008 model year (MY) vehicles: Chrysler 300C; Chrysler Aspen; Chrysler Crossfire; Chrysler Pacifica; Jeep Commander; Jeep Compass; Jeep Grand Cherokee; Jeep Liberty; Dodge Caliber; Dodge Charger; Dodge Dakota Crew Cab; Dodge Durango; Dodge Magnum; Dodge Nitro and the Dodge Ram Mega Cab.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Good news for those of you who wanted more cargo space in their Commanders instead of that third row of seats. The 2008 Commander Sport will be offered with two rows of seats as standard equipment, which means a larger cargo space compartment. Those who still want the three rows of seats with the 3.7L V6 Sport can still get it as an option. Check the 2008 Jeep Commander Sport specs here.
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Labels: Commander Sport
Sunday, August 05, 2007
These have to be some of the most spectacular pictures taken of a Commander in action, doing what it is supposed to do. Thanks to PolarBZ from the Jeep Commander Forum for allowing us to post them (check also the video at the end).
Saturday, August 04, 2007
These bolt-on, CNC-ported cylinder heads are equipped with the highest quality parts and technology available to deliver optimum performance. Capable of handling camshafts with valve lifts up to .600". Designed to optimize flow while maintaining optimum port velocity. They are available for the 2006 Jeep Commander with the Hemi engine. Read more.
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Labels: Engine Performance Mopar
Monday, May 07, 2007
The Feds are investigating complains from 26 Jeep Commander owners whose vehicles allegedly stall unexpectedly, sometimes with loss of some or all lighting systems. This preliminary investigation could lead to the recall of more than 135,000 Jeep Commanders. [ Read More ]. Has this happened to you?
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Interesting short video showing the Jeep Commander Tire Pressure Monitor Display at work. Sure it came in handy for these fellows, considering the kind of terrain they were driving through...
Friday, April 06, 2007
Saturday, March 31, 2007
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Friday, March 23, 2007
The Rocky Mountain is a special edition Jeep Commander that will be built from March 1 to May 31, 2007. It will be available in both 4x2 and 4x4 versions. It will come standard with the 3.7L V6 engine and an optional 4.7L V8 (the Hemi will not be offered). Other standard features are:
, rear mounted Rocky Mountain badge
- Boston Acoustics(R) six-speaker AM/FM/six-disc CD/MP3 player
- Door entry guards
- Power sunroof with dual Command-View skylights
- Embroidered Jeep(R) logo on front seatback
- Fog lamps
- Side air bags
- SIRIUS(R) Satellite Radio
- P245/65R17 BSW All Terrain Tires
- Tow hooks
- 17-inch Wrench cast-aluminum wheels with gray accents
- Engine, 4.7L V8 Flex Fuel, 235hp, 295 ft.-lb. torque
- Exterior color - Red Rock Crystal Pearl Coat
- Exterior color - Jeep Green Metallic Clear Coat
- Popular Equipment Group: Heated Front Seats, Power Adjustable Pedals, Remote Start System and Adjustable Roof Rail Crossbars
- QuadraTrac II(R) 4x4 Group: 3.55 Axle Ratio, Quadra-Trac(R) II Full-Time Active 4WD System, Skid Plate Group and Trail Rated Badge
- QuadraDrive II(R) 4x4 Group: Electronic Limited-Slip Differential Front Axle, Electronic Limited-Slip Differential Rear Axle, Quadra-Drive(R) 4WD System and Skid Plate Group
- Engine Block heater
- Premium Front & Rear Floor Mats with Logo
- P245/65R17 OWL All Terrain Tires
- Rear Air Conditioning with Heater
- Trailer Tow Group - Class II
- Trailer Tow Group - Class IV
Labels: Rocky Mountain
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Jeep and Artehouse, one of the largest publishers of vintage posters and prints, have set up a website where you can purchase high quality prints of the Jeep Commander (and other Jeep vehicles and concepts). Prices start at $17.99 for a 9" x 12" print. You can also find posters, murals, note cards and magnets.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Jeep is advertising a $3000 cash back allowance for buyers of the Jeep Commander. If you want to lease, the allowance is $3000 plus $1000 more if you are returning from a lease another Chrysler vehicle. With dealer inventory of Jeep Commanders now topping the 197 days mark, you may get an even better deal from the dealers themselves.
Saturday, March 03, 2007
I found this video of a Jeep Commander doing some fancy maneuvers on icy snow. The driver's got a pretty good grip on the car, although those lightposts are a little too close for comfort, if you ask me. Have fun...
07 Commander on Vimeo
Chrysler US unit sales for February 2007 were down 8% vs. last year. The Jeep brand was down 5% mainly due to sharp drops in the Jeep Liberty (-41%), Jeep Grand Cherokee (-22%) and the Jeep Commander (-24%). Meanwhile, the Jeep Wrangler continued to post impressive gains (63%) and the Jeep Compass posted its second best month since its introduction in June 2006, selling 4,071 units.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Here's an interesting alternative to wood dash kits. This brushed Aluminum dash kit for the 2006-2007 Jeep Commander is being offered for sale at ebay by Dash Outlet. This 20 pc. set is laser cut and backed with 3M back tape for installation.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
When it comes to deciding on a Jeep Commander engine option, it is common to hear this: "I won't buy the Hemi because it uses too much gas". However, if you run the numbers, the price of gas is a mute point.
I decided to do some comparisons, using Edmund's True Cost to Own feature, and here is what I found:
- The average fuel cost per year of the 3.7L V6 is $1904.50 (5 year average, assuming 15,000 miles per year).
- The average fuel cost per year for the 4.7L V8 and the 5.7L Hemi V8 it is $2064.00 (exactly the same for both).
So, if the cost of the car is not an issue and you enjoy a more powerful ride, by all means go with the Hemi, and don't let common misconceptions about gas prices influence your decision. Also, I don't know why anybody would opt for the 4.7L V8, unless they are into flex fuel engines.
Just my 2 cents...
Related: Hemi Fuel Saving Tips
Friday, February 16, 2007
Dabitz from the Jeep Commander Forum has sent us these pictures of his 3.7L V6 Commander with Quadra Tech I 4x4 system, easily handling the mud and snow of Poconos, Pennsylvania. Dabitz's Commander has enough chrome to make a JC Overland green with envy (front bumper chrome mold, chrome side door moldings, fuel cap, tailgate handle, rear assist handles and stripes). Additionally, he has installed aftermarket nerf bars and a custom intake pipe and cone filter.
Dabitz has also posted this great video of his Commander in action, with some nice background music to boot. Enjoy.
Labels: Readers Rigs
Sunday, February 11, 2007
If you are a Jeep Commander owner living anywhere north of Florida, you are probably experiencing the "joys" of driving through snow and ice this winter. In those conditions, your OEM windshield wipers may have already frozen or gotten stuck. Driving with frozen windshield wipers is dangerous, since they don't work well and impair visibility.
You may want to invest in a pair of Bosch Icon wiper blades. The Bosch Icon uses cutting edge technology to provide benefits like uniform pressure along the blade length, and a smooth and quiet operation with 20% longer life than other premium blades.
However, the biggest benefit for those driving in the snow is the protection against snow and ice buildup provided by its weather shield connector system. Jeep Commander owners that have upgraded to the Icons are very satisfied with them.
While not cheap (MSRP $33.38) the Bosch Icon is well worth the price of admission (even though chances are you may be able to get them for less than MSRP at your favorite auto parts store). The part number for the Jeep Commander compatible Bosch Icon wiper blades is 418A, and they are available only for the front windshield.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Hummer limos are so passé... It was just a matter of time before we saw one of these. This shiny 140" long white Jeep Commander Limo was being offered for sale at the time of this writing by the good folks at BuyALimo.com. This bad boy is loaded with a 4.7L v8 engine, disco floor, Fireworks fiber in divider, wireless karaoke and much more.
Friday, February 09, 2007
Chrysler keeps coming up with out-of-the-box ways to promote their brands... This time they are sponsoring the "Motown Iron Chef" competition, part of the Detroit Winter Blast event. Three well known chefs from the Detroit area will prepare finger foods that fit the characteristics of the Chrysler Aspen, the Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Commander. I guess we will have the answer to the question "if the Commander were an hors d'oeuvre, what would it be?" in a few days...
Thursday, February 01, 2007
DaimlerChrysler sold 5,491 Commanders in the US in January, 30% more than the same month last year. Overall Jeep sales increased 19% vs. January 2006 fueled by impressive sales of the new Jeep Wrangler. Sales of the Liberty and the Grand Cherokee were both down 23%. Read press release.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
This is a creative way to get more power to your Jeep Commander. If your Commander is equipped with a cold air intake kit, you can attach this bolt-on electric supercharger for an extra 15HP to 25HP, as claimed by the manufacturer. Since it is electric, it connects to your 12V battery and can be activated through an in-dash switch to let 250CFM of forced air through the filter when you need more power. Installing it is very simple and it comes with its own K&N air filter. Haven't met any Commander owner using it, though, so check the spec sheet to decide if this product is for you.
Monday, January 29, 2007
The Goodyear Fortera HL is the OEM tire choice for the Jeep Commander. ConsumerSearch.com, a web based publishing company that combs through websites and print publications to find the best products across different categories, names the Goodyear Fortera the best All Season SUV and Light Truck tire. The Fortera gets high scores for wet and dry braking, and for comfort and steering response. Goodyear claims the Fortera was specifically designed with SUV owners in mind, who want a rugged, durable tire, but who spend most of their time in paved roads and don't want to compromise a comfortable ride. The Fortera's durability is enhanced by a the addition of a layer of KEVLAR(r), the strong fiber developed by DuPont.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Toby Getsch has sent us these great pictures of his shiny 2006 Jeep Commander Hemi, taken in picturesque Long Beach, WA. View the rest of Toby's Jeep Commander Flickr photo set.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Just when analysts were anouncing to the world the (unconfirmed) demise of the Jeep Commander, I stumbled upon this lively thread in JeepForum.com called: If the Jeep brand were in your hands, what would you do? It makes for some interesting reading, as it shows that sometimes the customers have more marketing sense than the highly paid executives running DaimlerChrysler. While they talk about all Jeep models and concepts, they give some valid suggestions for the Commander, among them:
- Make it taller and with bigger tires
- Offer a 3.0L CRD V6 Diesel option
- Make a Comanche-like pick up truck based on the Commander
- Make it bigger: move it to the Durango platform but still make it look like a Jeep
Saturday, January 20, 2007
This article, that appeared in The Detroit News today, hints at the fact that production of the Jeep Commander may end in 2008, with the 2009 year model. Industry analysts are removing the Commander from their sales forecasts after the 2009 model year, saying that the Commander has cannibalized sales of the Grand Cherokee (with which it shares the same platform), instead of taking sales away from true seven-seaters like the Chevy Tahoe and the Ford Expedition. Some Jeep dealers believe, though, that the Commander still has some hope, provided that gas prices go down to around $2 a gallon.
Tech Tags: jeep jeep+commander jeepcommander jeep+xk daimlerchrysler
Camp Jeep(R) 2007, the annual three-day mix of off-road driving and other family-friendly outdoor activities, will be held July 26-28 at the Oak Ridge Estate in Nelson County, VA, near Charlottesville. Camp Jeep will include trails for 4-wheeling, vehicle displays, activities for all ages, food and musical entertainment, and the opportunity for owners to talk about the ins and outs of their vehicles with Jeep engineers.
Registration for Camp Jeep, which is open only to Jeep vehicle owners, has been reduced by $100 from last year's fees. Early bird registration is $245 per vehicle through March 31. After that, Camp Jeep registration is $295 per vehicle. Registration and additional information are available at http://www.jeep.com/campjeep.Read full Press Release
Friday, January 19, 2007
Check Jeep's incentives page for the latest cash back incentives and special financing rates. At the time of this post (January 2007) Jeep is offering a $2,500 cash incentive on the Jeep Commander, or special 1.9/2.9/2.9% rates through Chrysler Financial.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Traditional coil or leaf spring suspensions compress when towing or when cargo is added to the vehicle. As more cargo is added, the rear end of the car or truck squats lower and lower. At full loads, cargo may even use all available wheel travel. This not only results in a “squashed”, overloaded appearance, but creates technical problems as well, like vibrations and increased wear and tear of u-joints and cv-joints.
This problem can be solved with the use of air springs. Firestone Industrial Products Company is the maker of the RideRite™ Air Helper Springs, air springs that mount to the existing suspension components of the vehicle and allow you to control the carrying capacity by just changing the air pressure inside the springs, preventing suspension “bottom-out” and preserving a natural ride height.
The specific RideRite air helper spring for the Jeep Commander is part number 4157. You will also need the accessory kit, which contains among other things an air compressor and an in-dash control panel. The accessory kit comes in two versions: single ( part number 2158, for normal applications – same air pressure in both springs) and dual (part number 2178, independent air pressure control for each spring, for off-centered loads).
Sunday, January 14, 2007
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The following material can be purchased through Tech Authority:
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Access all Tech Authority material available for the Jeep Commander.
Tech Tags: jeep jeepcommander jeep+commander jeep+xk daimlerchrysler techauthority
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Romik, a European manufacturer of bull bars, brush guards, and side steps of the highest quality standards, has a complete range of products for the Jeep Commander. Romik uses 100% aircraft quality steel, hand polished to an industry-best mirror finish. Most of its products are one piece, bolt on applications that use the vehicle’s factory hardware, so no drilling is required. Romik established itself in the
Romik USA website: http://www.romik-usa.com
Romik Jeep Commander page: http://www.romik-usa.com/web-content/pages/Jeep_commander.html
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
The Jeep Commander took the seventh spot in the top 10 most popular 2006 new car introduction in terms of consumer searches, according to the most recent Cars.com Consumer Search Index. The Cars.com Consumer Search Index offers a comprehensive look at the internet search behavior of Cars.com visitors. The statistical information is compiled by tracking the more than 8.3 million unique visitors that log on to Cars.com each month and the vehicles that are most popular. The lists are based off a minimum of 10,000 searches for new cars and 15,000 searches for used cars.
On another note, for what it's worth, the Jeep Commander was among the top 5 SUV picks of the 2007 North America International Auto Show according to The South End, the official student newspaper of Wayne State University.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
While few Jeep Commander owners plan to use their rigs for extreme off-roading, many of them want to fit bigger tires and give their Commander a more muscular appearance without spending a lot of money or doing complicated suspension modifications.
The Daystar(TM) 2” Comfort Ride Coil Spring Spacer Kit caters to those needs. The kits include:
- Four spacers (2/front, 2/back)
- Two coil spring isolators (front)
- Two concentric spacers (front)
- Four stem cushions (2/front, 2/back)
- Two strut mounts
- Four washers
You can read these detailed installation instructions (PDF) to get a better feel for how this system works. To know more about the company that makes it, visit Daystar's website.
Tech Tags: jeep jeepcommander jeep+commander jeep+xk 4x4 off+roading offroad suspension suspension+lift daystar comfortride comfort+ride
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Commanders are strong and reliable vehicles. That is why the
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
One common question among prospective Jeep Commander buyers is: what is the difference between the Jeep Commander Limited and the Overland edition? Basically, this is what you are getting for the roughly $4,400 sticker price difference between a standard 4x2 Limited and a Standard 4x2 Overland:
- Hemi Engine
- Body-Color Exterior Mirrors
- Platinum Front Fascias
- Platinum License Plate Brow
- 7 and 4 Pin Wiring Harness
- Cargo Net
- Full-Size Matching Wheel Spare Tire
- Hemi Badge
- Class IV Hitch Receiver
- Hydraulic Engine Cooling
- "Overland" Badge
- Platinum Bodyside Molding
- Platinum Exterior Assist Handles
- Platinum Grille
- Platinum Side Roof Rails
- Premium Fender Flares
- Premium Two-Tone Seat Accents
- Wood/Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
- Woodgrain Accent Door Trim
- UConnect® Hands-Free Communication
- DVD-based GPS Navigation System w/6-CD/MP3 Chngr
- 17" x 7.5" Aluminum Platinum Clad Wheels
DamilerChrysler has released U.S. sales data for December 2006. The Jeep brand was down -13% vs. December 2005. The Jeep Commander, with 7,566 units sold, was down -11%. A total of 88,497 Commanders were sold in 2006. Read press release.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Browsing through ebay I came across the Antennax 13” Eurostyle antenna for the Jeep Commander. The Eurostyle is a direct replacement to the manual, factory-installed antenna and is “plug-n-play”, which means it screws onto the existing antenna mount (a direct bolt-on, no wiring involved).
Antennax is a specialist in car and truck antennas that claims to have sold over 30,000 antennas to
Monday, January 01, 2007
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