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.