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#342 of 386 GOT RID OF MY 2008 JEEP COMMANDER !! WHAT A GREAT SIGH OF RELIEF!
Sep 17, 2010 (10:51 am)
Here I am once again and for the last time, it will be the end of making comments in this column. After my previous write up here, (especially due to STARTING PROBLEMS FOR 6 TIMES), unplugging the battery with the newly installed quick release clamps, the Jeep Commander (2008 – Sport 4WD - 6cyl.- 42K miles) started without hesitation at first try, but it took 12 hours before it came back to normal, I drove it for two days and it was fine. So all along I thought the problem was just minimal and was relieved of my headaches. We went shopping to a Walmart Store one weekend and parked the Jeep for 2 hours on a parking lot, unfortunately, it did not start again. No cranking, no sound nor click on the hood, just a faint humming sound underneath the front passenger seat, is it the computer or MAP? We got stuck up for 3 long hours waiting for a towing service with flatbed just to get my truck dumped on my driveway. I inquired the tow truck driver how many Jeep Commander he had towed, and the reply was “countless”, and advised us to trade-it-in immediately ‘coz it’s a scrap.
Again, I disconnected the ground pole of the battery and surprisingly, it started the following day. It’s really so unpredictable.., so it was time again to visit the Jeep “fortune teller” for the fourth time. He checked on the battery and was good (2 month old, I had it replaced thinking it was the problem), checked on the starter, it was cranking. Plugged it to a computer module, and he says no problem at all. Then here comes the fortune telling: The gas I was using might have a higher octane, or the gas cap was not closed properly, or the sub woofer was not well installed. He tried to use my spare key fob and still does not start. After consuming 5 cups of free coffee inside the Jeep dealership and 4 hours of endless waiting, it started once again and the “fortune teller” says nothing is wrong. Yeah, right. My warranty was still enforced. But what about the guy also waiting for his ‘06 Commander being “fixed”? His warranty expired and was very worried of the many parts to be replaced.
I left the Jeep Dealer in a hurry and without any second thought, I proceeded to another dealer to negotiate a trade-in right away. Comment of the dealer across the street? The Jeep Commander is a JUNK!
NOW I KNOW WHAT A JEEP IS, THAT IS WHY I NOW DRIVE A 4 RUNNER!!!
Whew… What a great sigh of relief !!!
Note to all Prospective Jeep Commander Buyers…”THINK countless times first & check out for NEGATIVE REVIEWS, before you buy it to avoid this worst nightmare that I EVER had”.
#343 of 386 Re: GOT RID OF MY 2008 JEEP COMMANDER !! WHAT A GREAT SIGH OF RELIEF! [lowenivy]
Sep 24, 2010 (8:01 am)
Runners also have many problems! From these forums...
I have a 2007 4 runner. After shutting the vehicle off and letting it sit for a few minutes, when I try and start it, it cranks over and over without starting. When I turn it off and start again, it works. I only have 11,000 miles on it and it is still under warantee.
What the Heck
My 2010 Toyota 4runner has been to two different dealerships a total of 4b times and I am getting the same bullshit from them.
Toyota has to know there is a major problem and is covering it up.
I am about to go to a third party and sue them.
I even gave them the TSB # to correct the problem and they ignored it.
They have been told to hide the problem.
A 32,000 vehicle should not shift like a tractor
* Replies to this message: edpol (Sep 16, 2010 3:35 pm)
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Re: 09 4Runner Trans Problem [edpol] by lee363
Sep 16, 2010 (2:04 pm)
Replying to: edpol (Jul 05, 2010 9:22 am)
I have an 09 4Runner. The dealership kept the vehicle overnight to check the transmission fluid. They said it was low and topped it off. The hesitation in shifting diminished significantly but has not gone away entirely.
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Re: Same Story Again [sawmecoming] by edpol
Sep 16, 2010 (3:35 pm)
Replying to: sawmecoming (Sep 16, 2010 11:51 am)
I agree 100%!! Mine is a May, 2009 4Runner and had what feels like trans problem since day-one! I have been in close contact with my dealership service manager and e-mail her all of the comments I read so she can keep record. I have file a complaint with the national highway assn and Toyota and sent the TSB# also. I got some form letter from Toyota thanking me for my concern. Something has to be done. I was told at one point that, with time, the problem will get better, but that isn't what happened. If anything, it's getting worse. Now it bogs down when I have to accellerate quickly not just when turning a corner, and I can't get out of the way fast enough. This happened to me in heavy Houston traffic the other day, and scared me to death. I guess an accident has to happen before they take serious notice. Please continue to comment on this site about any results you get. I refuse to give up! Like you said, a $32,000 vehicle should run perfectly, period. For them to keep telling me that's just the way they are made, is insulting.
#344 of 386 2008 Commander - Starting issues
Sep 27, 2010 (7:43 am)
I have a 2008 Jeep Commander (30,000 miles) that has had an ongoing problem. After driving somewhere and you park, then return after doing whatever, it won't start. Battery is good, turn key and dash lights up but no click, nothing... I've had it towed to the dealer 4 times now for repair.
1st time- loose wire
2nd time-bad connector
3rd time- starter replaced
4th time- another bad connection
Anyone else having issues like this? As of now my wife won't drive it anymore due to fear of being stranded with our 2 year old (can't really blame her since it has happened 4 times within the last year). She has been on the phone multiple times with Chrysler with no solution in sight, "It's fixed." they say, I say "Sure it is, see you next month when it breaks down again..."
#345 of 386 Re: 2008 Commander - Starting issues [mkorpon]
Sep 28, 2010 (10:05 am)
Hi there! We have exactly the same issues with our 2008 Commander & it was really a nightmare especially when you have a very important appointment & you're ready to go & tadah...it wont even crank. & you don't know what to do.. When we still had it, we're always anxious to use it 'coz you never know when it will ever start or not. That is why on our last Towing Service backed up by the Towing Driver, saying he had a countless number of Jeep Commanders being towed & you better get rid of it immediately. We never had a second thought & took heed of his advise. On the next day, we right away went to a Car Dealer & finally decided to trade it in for a new car. Well, what do you expect, we had the Jeep towed again just to reach the Dealer. 'coz, as usual., it really won't start. Moreover, we also had a friend working at a Jeep Chrysler Dealer & he said that we made the Best decision ever. Wheww...what a great sigh of relief indeed !.So my advise to you too is.."You better get rid of your 2008 Jeep Commander ASAP or your problem will never end ".
#346 of 386 Re: Don't buy Jeep Commander [deltau1]
Oct 04, 2010 (7:18 am)
Ihave the same problem as yours now, granted my radio did not shorted out until now but had a water leak since the beginning. Of course your's got fixed cuz still under warranty but what else did they tell you about the root cause of the problem?
#347 of 386 Re: response to your question... [gigagirl]
Oct 07, 2010 (10:57 am)
I have a 2007 Commander. Bought it used with 8k miles on it. LOVED IT...but now want to get rid of it. The first issue started with the 4WD light. This dashboard comes on and off. Recently, the ABS and traction control light come on at the same time as the 4wd. This happened going over speed bumps...or slowing down. NOW, my car is having brake issues...as if the ABS is no longer functioning. When the car brakes are checked...they are "just fine". there have been 4 recalls about brakes in this year and model...all electronic related. Only one is valid for my particular VIN#. But, my car is clearly having the issues of the other recalls. My point is...the 4wd light was just the begining....give it a year and I guarantee you will have MANY more warning lights come on...then your car will either slow while driving or brakes won't work.
#348 of 386 Re: I'm so sick of this total piece of junk... [postermike]
Oct 07, 2010 (11:22 am)
Oh my goodness. this website is like a support group. I love it! I felt like I had all these issues that I have been describing to the car dealers, that of course you cannot replicate in front of them. And, they look at you like your an idiot! YES! my autoclose on my car windows will reverse too if the sunroof is closing at teh same time. not to mention 8 million other electronic issues. Of course I have to warranty there is only 1 recall for my particular VIN #...which I have already had repaired. I hate my Jeep!
#349 of 386 Leaking Windshield
Mar 31, 2011 (10:19 am)
I noticed during rain storm that socked the east coast about a month ago that the foot well of the front passenger side was soaking wet. I noticed this when a handbag ($1,500.00) that I had placed there came back soaking and according to the stockist, destroyed. I thought maybe because this has never happened before that it was just such a uniquely horrible storm and that this was a one time incident. And, a $1,500 bag is nothing compared to what others lost in the storm.
But now it is happening every time that it rains to point that yesterday i got into car and ended up scooping out the water with a cup. Then went to splash car wash had them get as much of the moisture out as they could at a charge of $70.
Has anyone else had problems with windshields on commander. I remember reading someone else did a couple of years ago. I want to know how that leaking windshield was finally totally repaired. Thank you.
#350 of 386 Re: 2008 Jeep Commander - Amplifier [heiressmj]
Mar 31, 2011 (10:30 am)
Now having same problem as you did with windshield whistling since 3rd install by SafeLite, and as of the last month, also dashboard leaking. Safelite auto replaced windshield last year after they couldn't rub the window chip out (rock hit car on highway).
Tomorrow will be trip #4 with safelite auto because the water is ending up in the footwell of passenger side.
Safelite's install was obv. a problem from the start - you could see the banding around the window was coming undone prompting me to bring it in 2nd time; 3rd time I brought it in because of whistling sound, and 4th time, tomorrow, I will be bringing it in because of water leaking in.
Please tell me how did you finally get the windshield fixed so that it stopped leaking and stopped whistling? And, if you don't mind, can you tell me which safelite auto did this so that I can tell the NYC location I will be at tomorrow how the windshield eventually was installed correctly?
#351 of 386 Re: Leaking Windshield [itabot]
Mar 31, 2011 (10:49 am)
We had a similar issue with our Commander, but it was due to a leaking sun roof and not the windshield. Every time it rained hard, the passenger floor board would fill with water. After a couple of unsuccessful attempts by the dealer to fix the problem, the dealer had to totally replace the sun roof. Fortunately, it was under warranty. This was just the first of many strange issues we had with our 5.7 limited 4X4. I solved all issues with the vehicle a couple of weeks ago by trading it off for a new Tahoe. I now sleep much better at night. I loved the Jeep when it was functioning properly, but couldn't stand having to constantly worry about what was going to go wrong with it next.