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Old January 28th, 2009, 16:42
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Question Should I get a XK or WK??? Commander or GC

So, it's time to sell the Saturn of my fiance and get a real baby hauler. We really dig the Commanders(4.7 Liter) and some of the Grands. Thank you XJStryker for your message as well with your Commander experience.
We can't seem to narrow down which would be better of the two. No, they wouldn't be new. Either an 06/07 Commander and a slightly older Grand.

Thanks for any opinions or experiences.
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Old January 28th, 2009, 17:22
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Re: Should I get a XK or WK??? Commander or GC

I had a rental WK about a year ago. It was ok...
It has good storage space. Enough for a couple of guys to go camping.
it was peppy enough for a DD, not sure which engine it had.
The suspension was superb. (again im comparing to XJ) felt like i was riding on air.
Even got to test out the 4wd in Sedona AZ on a few dirt/rock roads.
(wasnt to thrilled about the ground clearance.)

My biggest complaint was visibility. The A-Pillar is honkin huge!! It must have airbags in it. Also, i didnt like how sloped the windsheild was, it felt like i was in an airplane.
( but hey, my DD is an aerodynamic brick)

Overall i think it would make a pretty good family vehicle.
But i like the XK as well, i love the styling and it might be better if you plan on having a larger family.
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Old January 28th, 2009, 17:29
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Re: Should I get a XK or WK??? Commander or GC

My wife just got an '08 WK, like IH8EPA said, very comfy the A-pillar is big. Its got all sorts of crazy options, I'm still learning how to use. The gas isn't great, she got the HEMI, but if you take it easy its not bad.
We taken it on a few road trips already and loved it the whole way there and back!
Take a run by the dealership, if they have '08s left they will probably be giving them away.
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Old January 28th, 2009, 17:32
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Re: Should I get a XK or WK??? Commander or GC

We have a Grand, we both love it.
It gets great gas mileage for a V-8, it has the 4.6.
It has lots of room, I can ride in the back seat.
I like the look more than the commander also.
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Old January 29th, 2009, 07:19
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Re: Should I get a XK or WK??? Commander or GC

We have had both a 4.7 Commander and now the hemi version.

I really liked the 4.7, but the hemi brought a screaming deal so we traded.

Either of them is a great vehicle. The Quadra drive 2 rules the road in snow.

Our 4.7 XK got about 18 average mpg and the hemi gets 14 even with MDS. My wife drives it like John Force though. When I drive, I get 20 on the interstate.

BTW, the XK and WK are the same vehicle platform with a different body so don't expect to get a bunch of extra room with the Commander. They are the exact same size for the most part inside and out.
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Old January 29th, 2009, 08:24
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Re: Should I get a XK or WK??? Commander or GC

look into a 2004 Grand cherokee with the 4.7, They are Great vehicles, they ride smooth, I personally love the lines of the body, and the interior feels very luxurious.
The main reason i like them, is the solid axle front end. Easier to Maintain/durable. They are like a brand new car, but 1/3 of the price. you can find them for less then 10k with less the 70k miles..

But, then again, they are 5 years old now, and if your really wanting the new car Feel, I really like the commander hemi, Not sure if your wanting to modify it in anyway, but there is a lifted commander near my house that just looks stunning!
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Old January 29th, 2009, 08:36
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Re: Should I get a XK or WK??? Commander or GC

I test drove a 4.7 Commander and liked the ride but same thing with the A piller deal and gas. The GF is looking at a new jeep and odds are we will go after a GC. we don't have kids but two black labs so with them her and I and camping stuff plenty of room. Cousin has a GC with two kids and they all fit on the camping trips with one of those tire carrier racks on the back for a big cooler and other stuff. They say it's plenty of room.
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Re: Should I get a XK or WK??? Commander or GC

I had one as a rental in Anchorage a few years ago and hated it. I guess mainly cause where the ignition is and am kinda tall my knee kept killing the ignition when i shifted from brake to gas. It was getting scarry since it was all snowy and icy.
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BTW, the XK and WK are the same vehicle platform with a different body so don't expect to get a bunch of extra room with the Commander.
But but but the commercial said the Commander was the biggest Jeep EVER!!!!!!

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Re: Should I get a XK or WK??? Commander or GC

We've got a '07 WK w/ a V6 and have very few complaints about it. If it were the same price, I'd go with a 4.7, but it was quite a difference when we bought it (previous rental). The mileage isn't great, but w/ my driving style I can hardly complain.

Somebody PM'd me recently asking about it and I rambled for quite a while... I was going to post that, but I didn't save the PM. Sorry!

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Old January 29th, 2009, 11:14
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Re: Should I get a XK or WK??? Commander or GC

I much prefer the Commander. I find the interior of the Grand claustrophobic, kinda like a Toyota. I feel like I have to tilt my head to the side to keep from hitting the ceiling. I don't touch the ceiling, it's just a feeling when I sit in the vehicle.

I wish you could get the Commander with the diesel engine.
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Old January 29th, 2009, 12:48
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Re: Should I get a XK or WK??? Commander or GC

Never driven the new WKs but test drove an XK, probably an 05 or 06ish with the 4.7. It had reasonable power, my only real complaint was rear visibility with the 3rd row open for seating. The head rests almost completely block the back window. It rode nice though. At the time I hated it on account of copying the XJ style but now I wouldn't mind one.
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Re: Should I get a XK or WK??? Commander or GC

I found an 06 Hemi Limited with about 24K miles for 17K. Might give a second look.
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Old January 31st, 2009, 12:28
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Re: Should I get a XK or WK??? Commander or GC

Hmm, we picked up a cherry 97ZJ last year, Red too, need a rear end rebuild, couple of other little things that took me about 2 hours, tstat, door hinge bushings. Best $3k I spent in a long time. Comfortable, quiet, snazzy looker, looking at one for me with a 360 in it now for $2800, going to eyeball and test drive it tomorrow.
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Re: Should I get a XK or WK??? Commander or GC

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Somebody PM'd me recently asking about it and I rambled for quite a while... I was going to post that, but I didn't save the PM. Sorry!

Billy
Yea I think that was me, I didn't save it either. We did go with the 5.7L, the dealer couldn't move them, and they came so far down in price that I couldn't pass it up. I just go easy on the throttle.
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