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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,447 miles

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #83

Apr 012016

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles


2006 Jeep Commander. Consumer writes in regards to three door handles broke within a period of a month..

- Lancaster, SC, USA

problem #82

Nov 152014


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that all the interior door handles fractured and detached from the vehicle. As a result, the contact had to use the window to exit the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the door handles need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Birdsboro, PA, USA

problem #81

Jan 012011


  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that all four interior door handles detached from the vehicle causing the handles to separate from the door frame. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the driver side and an unknown rear door handles were replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 74,000. Updated 01/12/16

- Toa Baja, PR, USA

problem #80

Sep 132015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that all four door handles were fractured. The contact also stated that the vehicle stalled and only shifted into third gear. Additionally, water leaked from the sun roof causing the passenger side floor to become wet. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was not available.

- Gastonia , NC, USA

problem #79

Apr 012013


  • miles
I have a 2006 Jeep Commander and all four interior door handles are cracked and broken. The doors can't be opened from the inside. This is a major safety issue.

- South Boston, VA, USA

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problem #78

Mar 012014


  • 95,000 miles
The interior door handles brake (crumble). Passengers in the vehicle cannot get out of the vehicle because the handle is not locked into place properly.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #77

Mar 072014

Commander 8-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


All interior door handles have broken. Cannot get out of vehicle from inside. Have to be opened from outside. This is a major safety hazard.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #76

Aug 012011

Commander 8-cyl

  • miles
All four of my door handles cracked and broke out within the same year. It scratches you or catches your fingers in them.I have to open the doors in the back for whomever is in the vehicle. This is extremely unsafe! if I have an accident my back passenger could possible be trapped inside the vehicle.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #75

Oct 012009


  • 50,000 miles
Basically the door handle mechanisms disintegrated. The drivers side front and rear door plastic that surrounds the door handles broke into several small pieces and fell inside the door. I feel this is a danger because eventually the cable that opens the doors will break and I will not be able to open the doors. I have checked into having them repaired but it was very expensive due to the fact that the plastic around the handles is 1 piece with the rest of the plastic of the inside of the door. Also, although this is not a danger - the display screen for all the of electronics of the car, went black several years ago. I am unable to access a lot of the information about the car. We paid over $43,000 for the car - these things should not happen. The door handle really scares me. I have signed petitions to have this recalled as well as contacted the manufacturer. It seems to be a common problem with this car. Thank you

- Marion, NY, USA

problem #74

Jan 112012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the four interior door handles became fractured and exhibited severe cracks. In addition, the front passenger's side door would not allow the occupant to exit the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was unavailable. Djr

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #73

Jul 012014

Commander 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles


The interior door opening casing crumbles into pieces. Jeep know about the faulty design and actually redesigned this component in 2008. To replace the door handle, the entire door panel must be replaced - at approximately $800 per door just for parts. This item should have been recalled because it creates a safety issue for people trying to exit the vehicle in an emergency.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #72

Jun 172014

Commander 8-cyl

  • 149,000 miles
All four door handles have fallen apart, first by the door panel cracking and giving way, then the handle assemblies fell to pieces over time. My daughter recently cut her hand trying to open the door from the inside, and the only way to exit the vehicle is to roll the windows down and open the door from the outside handles. In my particular case, the 2 rear window motors have failed, so the rear passengers are trapped until someone up front lets them out. This is a serious safety issue for all passengers in the event of an emergency requiring a quick exit from the vehicle. The entire door panel is required to be replaced in order to fix this issue, quotes are about $600 per panel. This should be an expense borne by the manufacturer.

- Easley, SC, USA

problem #71

May 242014


  • miles
All interior handles are cracked or broken, should there be an accident or fire, the occupants may not be able to exit the car, this is a common problem in most Commanders. Chrysler is well aware of this, they should recall the Jeep and correct the problem< before people get killed.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #70

Mar 232014

Commander 8-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
The interior door handles have all, but one shattered. The last incident, causing a deep cut to a 10 year old child's hand. This is the third handle to break. The risk of injury to my family, due to not being able to get out of the vehicle after an accident has significantly increased because of this defect.

- Dillsboro, IN, USA

problem #69

Feb 122014


  • 106,000 miles
Broken interior driver side door handle. Unable to exit because of issue. This is a safety issue. What if I needed to exit if there was a fire, or accident, or even a flood.

- Castle Rock, MO, USA

problem #68

Nov 132013


  • 115,000 miles
The interior door handles molding cracks and breaks off. I have one on drivers side that still functions but passenger side is total none working unless you roll window down and open from outside. This makes for a safety hazard, not being able to get out of the vehicle.

- Loves Park, IL, USA

problem #67

Nov 252012

Commander 8-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
The rear driver's side door handle became inoperable due to the breakage of the door panel. All of the panels have cracked and some of the plastic has fallen into the door cavity. The door handles are loose and now the rear driver's side is completely inoperable. In a case of any emergency that required exiting the vehicle, the passenger in this seat will not be able to get out. I suspect that all the doors will eventually have the same problem. I have seen multiple complaints regarding this issue. Someone needs to hold Chrysler accountable.

- Saint George, KS, USA

problem #66

Nov 092011

Commander 8-cyl

  • 6,565 miles
The inside door handle is broken. All four or the door handles are broken. The door will not open from the inside.I have many people online say that their Jeep have done the same thing. My girl friend has even cut her hand do to the sharp edges when it breaks. In case of a fire or something we would be trapped inside the Jeep. I would think the Jeep company would recall these trucks but they won't fix the problem.

- Mullins, SC, USA

problem #65

May 052011


  • 71,210 miles
I have an extreme problem. I have a Jeep Commander and all 4 door handles have broken and now you cant open my rear doors. My kids cant get out unless I let them out. This is a serious safety issue and I cant believe after the hundreds of complaints on Jeep websites, that NHTSA hasn't shoved a recall down Chrysler's throat. C'mon folks this is dangerous!!! hundreds and hundreds of folks having problems. Look on you tube and see what is listed there for you to see. Just regular folks having a multi billion dollar company stuff it to em. Chrysler didn't even offer to send me new door handles. This is a manufacturers error.

- Raeford, NC, USA

problem #64

Dec 012008

Commander 8-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
Interior door handles/cup are made with brittle resin and fracture easy. With a broken cup the handle dangles in the door making exit very difficult without emergency repair. The repair requires the entire interior door panel to be replaced at a cost of $800 per door. Prior to warranty expiring one door was repaired, however 2 more door handles are now broken. This is a common issue with Jeep products and should have triggered a safety recall.

- Wilton Manors, FL, USA

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