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CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,099 miles

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #48

Sep 052012

Commander

  • 200,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that she attempted to exit the vehicle but the door handle became fractured. The contact stated had to continuously pull the handle until the door would open. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic for inspection where they stated that the door handle needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure also occurred with the other three doors. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 200,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Morgantown, PW, USA

problem #47

Sep 042010

Commander 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the front driver's side and both the front and rear passenger's side interior door handles were fractured. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the door panel would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #46

Aug 152013

Commander 8-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while attempting to exit the vehicle, the interior driver and passenger's side door handle partially detached from the door. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated the interior door panel needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000. Updated 9/24/13 updated 9/25/2013

- Columbia , SC, USA

problem #45

Aug 152013

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 82,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while attempting to exit the vehicle, the interior driver and passenger door handle partially detached from the door. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated the interior door panel needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000. Updated 9/24/13

- Columbia , SC, USA

problem #44

Aug 142012

Commander

  • 95,821 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that before entering the vehicle, she noticed that the windows were foggy as if moisture had been inside. In addition, the carpet was found to be wet and puddles of water were inside the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the drains needed to be cleaned. The vehicle was repaired. The failure recurred. The vehicle was returned to a dealer where the drains were cleaned again. The failure recurred over the course of several months. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure and current mileage was 95,821.

- Gulfport, MS, USA

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problem #43

Feb 012013

Commander 8-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
The interior door handle housings on all 4 doors are broken. As a result, it is very difficult to open the door handles from the inside. In order to exit the vehicle, one must use the exterior handles. Jeep indicated replacement of the entire interior door panel is required to fix at a cost of $800 per panel. This is a safety issue preventing quick egress from the vehicle in the event of an accident and is a common, known issue with these vehicles. When the driver door handle housing broke, the sharp plastic cut my hand, causing it to bleed. Subsequently, I have cut my hand again more than once on the sharp, broken plastic door handle housing.

- Oviedo, FL, USA

problem #42

Dec 012012

Commander

  • 70,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that both rear doors and the passenger's side front door handles were fractured. As a result, the doors failed to open. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was determined that the door handles needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 70,000.

- Jonesborough, GA, USA

problem #41

May 222012

Commander 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the front driver, passenger and rear passenger interior door handles were partially detached from the door frame. The failure initially started on the interior driver's side door. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and advised the contact that although they were admitting that there was a defect in the door handles, they would not assist with the repair because he was not the original owner of the vehicle. The approximate failure mileage was 68,000 and the current mileage was 75,000.

- New York , NY, USA

problem #40

May 152013

Commander 8-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
All of the door handles on the vehicle are coming loose from the door panel. They are so loose that they could not open the door from the inside if anyone needed to exit the vehicle in a timely manner. I have already had to have one replaced because it would not open the door. I am not the only one having this issue as I have seen numerous reports of the same issue for similar vehicles. This is a safety issue if someone cannot exit the vehicle in an emergency situation.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #39

Apr 022013

Commander 8-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that both rear interior door handles were fractured. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was advised that both rear door panels needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 106,000.

- Willow Spring , NC, USA

problem #38

Oct 162012

Commander 8-cyl

  • 108,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My interior door handles are all broken. If I want to open my door, I have to roll the windows down first. If there is a fire, I will probably die.

- Kyle, TX, USA

problem #37

May 072013

Commander 8-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
The interior door handles of my vehicle have all developed hairline fractures and then they end up shattering upon normal use. All 4 of my interior door handles are now completely broken and the driver door takes time and care to open it from the inside. I am afraid that if there is an auto accident I am involved in, I will not be able to get out of my vehicle or get my three very young children out either.

- Black Diamond, WA, USA

problem #36

Nov 142012

Commander 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the all four interior door handles fractured while the contact or a passenger was trying to exit the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised that all door panels needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000 and the current mileage 52,000.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #35

Apr 012012

Commander

  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the interior door handles failed while trying to exit the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 96,000.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #34

Feb 012010

Commander 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Apparently there is/was a defect in either the design or production of the door handle assembly in the 2006 Jeep Commanders. The plastic housing which contains the door opening mechanism becomes too brittle and cracks rendering the opening mechanism inoperable. On my Commander all but one door is affected. At the moment, only two out of the four doors work, the front-side passenger and the driver-side rear. If this vehicle was in an accident in which there was a need to exit quickly (fire or water), the lives of my family would be in extreme jeopardy. I posted a video on youtube, and have heard from many other with the same issue. Chrysler Jeep produced approximately 80,000 of these vehicles in 2006. I truly believe there are thousands of there Jeep Commanders on the road with this same issue. In fact the condition is so prevalent; one company is producing an after-market repair kit. Please see my video at the following link: www.youtube.com/watch?V=ffq0oki7zjy.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #33

Mar 092011

Commander 8-cyl

  • 70,300 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that all four interior door handles failed and trapped the passengers. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis where the contact was informed that all four door panels needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 70,300.

- Holly Hill, FL, USA

problem #32

Aug 012011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the interior plastic door handles for the front driver, front passenger and rear driver's side doors handles became fractured. As a result, sharp plastic shards were exposed. The doors had to be opened using only the exterior door handles. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 71,000. Updated 08/15/13 the consumer was informed it would cost $2,000 to replace the door handles. Updated 08/20/13

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #31

Feb 012013

Commander 6-cyl

  • 68,200 miles
My 2006 Jeep Commander along with many other owners are experiencing cracking of the interior door panel which houses the interior door handles. This results in the interior door handle breaking off, making it impossible to leave the vehicle from the inside. This is a safety concern and Jeep is totally not doing the right thing. Their solution is to replace the entire door panel at a cost of around $750 per door. The plastic used around the door handle is very thin and obviously a poor design. This should be recalled before someone gets killed.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #30

May 012012

Commander

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the interior door handles were dry rotting. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised that all four door panels would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 115,000.

- Sara Land, AL, USA

problem #29

Jan 132013

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 59,282 miles
Jeep Commanders share a faulty interior door handle assembly problem. The shape of the handle may be different in each model, however the problem is with the incorrect resin mix which results in a brittle and crumbling material causing failure just the same. This is obviously a manufacturer"S defect, however it?S a fault that is not covered under Jeep?S warranty. There"S no recall or service bulletin. Until recently, the only fix was replacing the entire door panels. Chrysler designed the interior door panels on the Jeep Commander in such a way that the entire door panel had to be replaced rather than just the door handle. The interior door handle is plastic welded at certain points from the backside of the door panel.

- Sterling, VA, USA

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