Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Whenever a new product is introduced, there's bound to be some problems. And man oh man, does the 2006 Commander have some problems.

It's the plight of the 1st-generation adopter: you get the newest and shiniest in exchange for a handful of issues that get ironed out in future versions. But what happens when that handful of issues becomes a bucketload? The 2006 Commander has quality control issues like the door handles breaking off and the sunroof leaking. But what's truly worrisome is the electrical problems like the vehicle shutting down unexpectedly, gauges going crazy or the cruise control having a mind of its own.

Bottom line: if you want a Jeep Commander, you're better off looking at a later model year.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 152014


  • 148,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the rear seat belts failed to buckle. Also, the front driver and passenger side head rests failed to push up. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was not taken to dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not provided. The failure mileage was 148,000.

- Dix Hills, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 012006

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I recently purchased a 2006 Jeep Commander and after bringing it home, I came across a design flaw that has become a fairly huge problem for my family. It seems as if the head rests on the second row seats cannot be removed. This poses a big problem for my four-year-old daughter who must use a booster seat. In order for this booster seat (or any booster seat, for that matter) to lay flat against the back of the car seat, the head rest must be removed. Frankly, in every one of my previous vehicles, a head rest could be selectively removed by pressing a button at the top of the seat and sliding the head rest up and out. The Commander head rests seem to be fixed in place. They just seem to move forward when you flip the seat down to access the third row. To make matters worse, they are fixed in a slightly forward position, which forces the booster seat to pitch forward. I can correct that slightly by reclining the seat back, but, in the Commander, the second row seat only slightly reclines. In any case, the booster can't be installed properly (or safely, according to the manual) because it can't rest against the back of the seat due to the head rest, which pushed the top of the booster seat forward. After complaining to daimler-Chrysler, I received an email saying the indeed the head rest cannot be removed or adjusted. They offered no fix for this issue.

- East Patchogue, NY, USA

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