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Unread 10-06-2009, 05:15 PM   #1
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2006 Commanger life expectancy

Being that the 2006 XK is a first year model and has the quirks the 07 or 08's have corrected. My question is with all scheduled maintenance being kept up, how long can I expect my Jeep to last? I was on top of my regular maintenance on a 98' Toyota Corrolla and it has lasted to this day with mileage just shy of 250,000. Now, I'm not expecting that much longevity from the XK without shelling for a major repair like engine or tranny work but what can I realistically expect before I should look into replacing her with a new vehicle? I am currently at 37,600+ miles and have had several repairs already in the first 5 months of ownership. If it matters, it's a 4.7l v8...

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Unread 10-06-2009, 05:24 PM   #2
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There's a guy on here with 250,000-ish miles on his Commander already. I think he's on his second trans and 2nd steering wheel rim. That's all I remember from his post.
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Unread 10-06-2009, 05:27 PM   #3
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There's a guy on here with 250,000-ish miles on his Commander already. I think he's on his second trans and 2nd steering wheel rim. That's all I remember from his post.
Yeah, I remember that guy. I'm not a handy man so I can't do any repairs myself so if something major comes my way (engine or tranny) I will have to scrap the XK. Just curious as to how long I can enjoy it before she's a goner ;-)
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Unread 10-06-2009, 07:42 PM   #4
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The 4.7L is a very good, durable motor - keep it well maintained and you won't have a problem with it. I'm not convinced the tranny will last more than 100K miles - hopefully I'm wrong.
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Unread 10-06-2009, 07:44 PM   #5
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The 4.7L is a very good, durable motor - keep it well maintained and you won't have a problem with it. I'm not convinced the tranny will last more than 100K miles - hopefully I'm wrong.
That's what I am afraid to hear, my maxcare warranty expires just shy of 100k. How much is a tranny repair?
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Unread 10-06-2009, 07:59 PM   #6
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I worry about my 05 WKs transmission too. I'm at about 86000 miles with a transmission warranty until about 100k. What am i to expect? Catastrophic failure?
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Unread 10-06-2009, 08:23 PM   #7
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I have no current knowledge, but the tranny in my '95 ZJ needed a rebuild at 96K miles. It's possible that towing a friend's CJ through the Colorado mountains reduced its life span - a friend with a '95 ZJ has never done anything to his tranny and he's been rolling on '35s for a long time now and has 200K+ miles on his Jeep.

A tranny rebuild is about $2k - which is certainly cheaper than a new vehicle and you'd have at least another 100k miles before you'd have to worry about it again (and you can trust the 4.7L engine to make the rebuild worth the investment). Other manufacturers can have similar problems - I had a '91 Toyota Celica that needed a new clutch at 100K miles.

When I bought my WK I bought a lifetime Maxcare warranty primarily for the tranny coverage, but also to cover all the electronic stuff in the WK.
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Unread 10-06-2009, 08:25 PM   #8
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Great to hear about the 4.7, what about the 5.7? Lets hope mine fails (weird) before my warranty is up...
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Great to hear about the 4.7, what about the 5.7? Lets hope mine fails (weird) before my warranty is up...
I don't have much knowledge of the Hemi. The 4.7L has been around a lot longer than the Hemi, so I know more people who have more miles on 4.7s. I personally think that Chrysler really knows how to make durable (bigger) engines - the old 4.0L runs forever, the 4.7L runs forever, so I have no reason to think they'd somehow screw up the design or build on the 5.7L. (If I had a Hemi, I really wouldn't worry about it's longevity.)
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Unread 10-06-2009, 09:22 PM   #10
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I am planning on keeping our XK for about another 12 years. That would make it about 16 years old. I expect about 150K miles in total.

I ran my old ZJ from 34K miles to 225K miles with only one new transmission until it was 12 years old. My brother still has it on the road.

I think that I can do better on the XK in terms of age and lack of big failures.
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I expect my 5.7 to be around for a lot longer than most engines, the tranny as stated above, gives me pause though. I do expect 150,000 out of this transmission as is though.
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I expect my 5.7 to be around for a lot longer than most engines, the tranny as stated above, gives me pause though. I do expect 150,000 out of this transmission as is though.
I hope to get similar longevity.
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Unread 10-06-2009, 11:05 PM   #13
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Transmission life can vary a lot.You could easily get 300K with a little luck. The Chrysler 300's can go forever.
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Unread 10-07-2009, 05:16 AM   #14
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Transmission life can vary a lot.You could easily get 300K with a little luck. The Chrysler 300's can go forever.
I would be a life long Jeep loyalist if I could get 300k out of my XK lol.
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Unread 10-07-2009, 07:38 AM   #15
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Lots of people have already done it. Maybe yours might be one of them too?
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