A practical, luxurious, tough, entertaining 'go anywhere' 4x4 seven-seater - the awesome Jeep Commander
- 2006 Jeep Commander Limited
- 3.0 litre Mercedes-Benz CRD engine
- Automatic gearbox with Quadradrive II four wheel drive system
- Extremely clean and tidy interior
- 7 leather seats
- Roof mounted DVD player
- Front heated electrically operated memory seats
- Long MOT to 1st September 2020
- 182,917 miles
- Full service history
- Recent turbo, EGR and injectors
- Almost new matching Maxxis 771 Bravo 245/65R17 All-Terrain tyres
- HPI Clear
- Just arrived in part exchange
The Jeep Commander XK (and XH export diesel) is a mid-size SUV that was manufactured from 2005 to 2010 by the Jeep division of the American manufacturer Chrysler. The production version of the Jeep Commander debuted at the 2005 New York Auto Show as a five- or seven-passenger counterpart to the third generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, which could not be configured for 7 seats. It was developed to target consumers who wanted a three-rows-of-seats SUV, but designed to be only two inches longer than the existing Grand Cherokee with its two-rows of seats as well as to be assembled on the same production line. It shared its unibody construction, independent short/long arm front suspension and its 5-link live rear axle with the Grand Cherokee on which it was based. It featured an upright windshield and squared-off sides. Its stepped roof was disguised by the roof rack; a design similar to the GMC Envoy XL and Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT. This allowed the second and third-row seats to be mounted higher than the first-row seats.
This is the 3.0 CRD 'Limited' edition, in eye-catching 'Graphite Slate Grey Metallic' paint finish. The 'Limited' was the top of the range trim level. Standard features included: electronic stability control, traction control, electronic roll mitigation, back up sensors, immobiliser, front dual-stage and side curtain airbags, TPMS, power heated mirrors, automatic headlights, infotainment system and a full-size spare wheel. Some optional features included: automatic wipers, dual zone auto climate control, auto dimming mirrors, hill start assist, and hill descent control. The optional Command View sunroof package as fitted to this car includes a power front sunroof and two smaller sunroofs over the second row seats. The Commander also had an optional entertainment package which included a DVD player and 9 inch TV. In Europe the Commander offered a V6 Mercedes-Benz Diesel engine. Interestingly, at the time this car was built the Daimler Chrysler alliance meant that there was a lot of technology and parts sharing between Mercedes and Chrysler. Examples of this being the Chrysler Crossfire being based almost entirely on the underpinnings of Mercedes SLK. So inside this 2006 Jeep Commander, there are plenty of Mercedes sourced parts and a very solid 'Germanic' build quality. Although the Commander is unashamedly American in its design, they were in fact all made in Austria at the Magna Steyr factory. The same plant manufactures the G-Class for Mercedes, 5 series for BMW, the Jaguar I-Pace, the Jaguar E-Pace, new Toyota Supra and the previous Aston Martin Rapide. So it was built in the same factory as some of the finest cars in the world. Chrysler also had the 300C and Grand Cherokee assembled in the same factory.
This car has covered 182,191 mostly motorway miles - higher than some but backed up by full service history. Its priced accordingly with low mileage examples normally being double this price. However, when driving you'd think it had only covered half the distance as it still feels very sharp to drive and still performs very well. Modern diesels are capable of extremely high mileages, as low mileage, short range town and city driving is not ideal for modern diesel engines.
On the Road:
I absolutely love driving these big luxurious Jeeps, they are so much fun. They have immense charm and character, incredibly solid and have a fabulous 'Tonka Toy' feel to their classic, chunky design, both inside and out. The Jeep starts first turn of the key, and runs very smoothly. I really enjoy driving this car, with a great raised driving position, superb visibility, and a very nice place to be. The ride quality is far more refined than the earlier models, it's very luxurious and it's very engaging to drive, happy at any speed and goes wherever and whenever you need it to. These cars can be used for everyday commuting if required, as reliable family and pet transport, as a working thoroughbred 4x4, full on mud-plugger, or just for pleasure as a weekend treat - by being capable of all uses these Jeeps are brilliant all-rounders. They are great fun to own and very sturdily built, being very capable but far less 'agricultural' than many other 4x4s.
The Mercedes-Benz OM642 engine is a 3.0 litres (2,987 cc), 24-valve, aluminium/aluminium block and heads diesel 72° V6 engine manufactured by the Mercedes-Benz division of Daimler AG as a replacement for the Mercedes straight-5 and straight-6 cylinder engines. The engine features common rail Direct injection and a variable nozzle turbocharger. Power output is 165 kW (224 PS; 221 hp) and 510 N⋅m (376 lb⋅ft) of torque. The car starts eagerly and idles well. There is impressive torque and generous pulling power throughout the rev range and it runs very smoothly in any terrain. It has also benefitted from some significant expenditure in the last couple of years including a new turbo, new injectors and a new EGR valve.
Quadra-Drive II uses the New Venture Gear NV245 transfer case mated to front and rear axles containing electronic limited slip differentials. Jeep added traction control in 2005.You have the option to select 4WD Low (four wheel drive low ratio) if you need to drag yourself out of a bog, up a slippery mountain face, through desert slopes or face the ultimate challenge: Waitrose car park in the light drizzle.
Sold with long MOT until 1st September 2020.
This car appears to have been extremely well cared for over the years, as you tend to find with cars which have such good service history. As you can probably see from the pictures, this Jeep is very presentable but upon close inspection does come with a little 'patina' as these Jeeps all tend to do, the odd stone-chip or light mark but no significant damage or signs of off road use. It’s always difficult to express in words the condition of any car, and most people have differing opinions about condition, so the best way to get a true impression will be to view this lovely car in person. I’m confident that anybody with realistic expectations will be delighted to own and enjoy this lovely four wheel drive. The best way to work out if it is the right car for you, would be to come and have a look. The Jeep also will undergo an annual 12,000 mile service so it will be ready for immediate enjoyment by the next owner.
The general value range for these legendary Commanders in very presentable condition with long MOT and low mileage is normally £4,500 - £8,500 but this car is priced far lower due to being a part exchange vehicle and having higher than average mileage. This Jeep is offered to sell swiftly at a very tempting and competitive £3450.
This is a hugely entertaining 'proper' 4x4, always fun to drive with superb traction and ultimate 'go anywhere' credentials, it’s sure to put a smile on your face with every mile. If you are looking for something different & interesting to liven up your day to day motoring, or chunky Hummer-esque styling on a much smaller budget, I'm quite sure you'll love it. I'd be proud to own this very enjoyable 4x4 myself - in fact I used it myself for a recent 500 mile round trip to mid Wales - it was incredibly comfortable and refined, and it didn't miss a beat, whatever the weather chucked at it - as you can see from the three pictures taken up in the mountains. It's also a great alternative to the more common (and predictable) Discovery, Cayenne or Touareg.