NHTSA — Service Brakes Problems

2006 Jeep Commander (Page 1 of 2)

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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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,541 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 (Page 1 of 2)

problem #38

Jun 232016


  • 157,460 miles


When I am driving on the main city road or highway I notice about three things that happen all at once. The first thing is I lose control of my steering. The second thing is it feels like my Jeep went into park causing all my wheels to break for 1 to 3 second. The third thing is it feels as the engine stalled. All these things happen at the same time. This causes my Jeep to stop or stall on the road sending me and my passengers to lounge forward as if I had hit an invisible wall at full force.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #37

Jan 012016


  • 95,000 miles
2006 Jeep Commander with 93000. I have had serviced multiple times over brakes and suspension. Brakes will just grind when trying to stop at times. Brakes have been replaced and problem still occurs. Every mechanic has said everything looks good. Had bigotires do 3 inspections on brakes and suspension and everything checked out! suspension- I have had services 3 times. All new parts have been put on front drivers side yet problem still persist. Popping noise and squeaking when turning and hitting speed bumps or pot holes and very noisy when backing up. Lighting has also started to go off and on! I believe something is wrong with the lighting. Sometimes when I turn them on they do not come on and once I turned them off and they did not turn off and made battery go dead but once jumps they were back to normal except my back tail light which I have tried having replaced multiple times does not work anymore and front passenger side head light has some major issues! also it is very hard to see when it rains even with brand new wipers there just wasn't much thought put into the Commanders! too many blind spots and also door handles on the inside easily break off!

- Oolitic, IN, USA

problem #36

Jul 302016


  • 163,350 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving various speeds, a grinding sound emitted from the vehicle and it jerked forward. The ABS warning light illuminated. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred when the vehicle was first started and then operated normally. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that an unknown sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was previously serviced per NHTSA campaign number: (service brakes, hydraulic). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 163,350.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #35

May 052016


  • 174,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle lost power and stalled. The contact stated that the brakes became inoperable, which caused the vehicle to crash into the rear of another vehicle. The contact sustained injuries to the lower back that did not require medical attention. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The contact stated that the failure was intermittent. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 174,000. Updated 07/13/16

- Willard, MO, USA

problem #34

May 012016


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owned a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving approximately 5 mph in reverse, the brakes malfunctioned and the vehicle would not stop. As a result, the contact's vehicle crashed into a second vehicle. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. The cause of the failure was not determined. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Plymouth, NC, USA

problem #33

Jul 182014


  • 71,000 miles
I received a safety recall notice from Chrysler for my Jeep Commander stating that I may experience an unintended change in ignition switch position while driving, which could result in loss of engine power, power steering, and braking, and increases my risk of a crash. I have called Chrysler group recall center 1-800-853-1403, option 6 countless times, unfortunately many times having to hang up after waiting 25 minutes to get through. I have also repeatedly called beyer/Jeep/Chrysler 973-644-3200 and they have been very short with me and tell me the same thing every time I call- they have no date of when the part will be in. When I drive on the highway, I am terrified of losing control of my car. I have seen on the news people that have been in accidents because of this ignition switch and heard that Chrysler has a buyout program. I am interested in finding out about this program because I think that waiting over a year, and with no resolution in sight, is a bit ridiculous and I don't want to become a statistic. Please advice me as to what my next step should be.

- Parsippany, NJ, USA

problem #32

May 172011


  • miles


While driving, I have a total loss of interior electrical. All systems go off although the vehicle continues running. This affects the steering as well as braking. There is nothing consistent about the problem. It has been taken to multiple dealers and they can find no issue. I've even taken in a video recording of the situation.

- Morganton, NC, USA

problem #31

Sep 302014


  • 107,000 miles
In September of 2014 I recently bought a 2006 Jeep Commander. A few weeks after purchasing the vehicle I noticed the car was shutting off when I was at stop signs, red lights, and most seriously when I was driving. I was not sure as to why my car was doing this. I tried everything from a new battery and countless appointments at my mechanic. I was not informed of any type of recall on my car, until I did my own personal research. In may of 2015 I took my car to a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealership to find out when I could order the part for the P-41 recall on my car. I was informed that the part was not available in the country and they were not sure of when it would arrive. I was told the car was "safe" to drive. I was given a few tips: Sit far enough away from the steering wheel so my knees were not close to the key, have the car key only on a ring by itself, always wear my seat belt, and avoid having a front passenger. It was only a matter of 4 weeks until I was experiencing the issue again. I was driving on the highway with my boyfriend and one year old daughter going about 65mph when my car completely shut off, I lost power steering, brakes, and every single light turned on. I had to resort to pulling the E-brake which did not help slow my car down. This was the most serious and dangerous incident, luckily we did not get hurt, or hurt anyone else. As a result, I took my car to another Jeep dealership and was advised the same information that the part was not able to be ordered and given the same tips. I requested a rental for the safety of myself and my daughter. It took me 2 weeks to finally receive a rental. I have had a rental for almost two weeks now and was told by the dealership, by pulling the E-brake it was going to cost me $1600 to fix. I do not feel as if I am responsible for the cost of the repair, considering this was caused by the P-41 recall.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #30

Jul 072015


  • 114,000 miles
I was driving down the hwy and my vehicle turned off. I lost power steering breaks and was not able to properly maintain control of my vehicle in order to avoid an accident. This had happened twice before this time, and I looked to see that there was a recall on my Jeep for an ingition switch and the the exact discription of what would happen if my car was effected fit my situation. I then called Jeep and advised them of this and they said I neeeded to have it diagnoised by a Jeep dealership. I had the vehicle towed at my expensense and rented a car at my expense. The dealership confirmed my assumption and in fact the issue I was experiencing is part of the recall. Jeep now tells me they don't have the parts and they have not made a decision on whether it's neccessary to provide a replacement vehicle until they have a resolve. Am I supposed to be without a vehicle or potentially drive mine with 3 children, and potentially loose power again causing a loss of control" what I am supposed to do from here"

- University Place , WA, USA

problem #29

Jun 212014

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
While driving and turning a left corner resulted in loss of engine power, power steering, and braking. This has happened on several occasions and we have stopped driving the family vehicle due to this safety issue which is not deemed safe to drive especially up and down hills....we had to purchase another vehicle since the recall fix is still not available and won't be for over 1 year!

- Sammamish, WA, USA

problem #28

Dec 262014

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


P41 / NHTSA 14V-438 engine shut off while driving. Removed everything from key chain, and left enough space between knee and key. When car bounces, cannot control knee. Happened more than 5 times past a month. Called Chrysler, have no estimated time for parts production.

- Bozrah, CT, USA

problem #27

Dec 262014

Commander 8-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
My vehicle constantly stalls while slowing down to almost a stop or a stops. It happens almost every time now. When slowing down for a light while traffic is slowly moving my Jeep stalls and I've almost been hit 5 times now. Not good.

- Hogansburg, NY, USA

problem #26

Dec 302014


  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 15 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The contact also stated that the brake pedal was depressed and failed to respond. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system) and believed that the failure was related to the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 84,000.

- Leo , IN, USA

problem #25

Mar 302012

Commander 6-cyl

  • 96,084 miles
In March of 2012, I was driving my 2006 Jeep Commander V8 on a two lane highway.at the time of the accident, I had been decreasing speed, when the truck in front of me suddenly slammed on his brakes. However, when I pressed down hard on my brakes, my brakes/anti-lock brakes completely failed, causing me to crash into the truck in front of me. While trying to brake, my car stalled and continued to propel forward, causing a lack of steering capability, inevitably causing a crash, in which my air bags did not deploy. After the police arrived, I was able to start the car and barely made it home, having to push it several blocks. My SUV went into the shop for almost one month. After my SUV was fixed, including exterior and radiator, the SUV continued to overheat without cause and it was now considered a total loss. I was not prepared for my vehicle to be considered a total loss as the issues appeared to be minor. I endured major hardship as a result on this accident, including lack of work and occurred at an inopportune time for me to buy a new vehicle, resulting in a high interest rate and skyrocketing insurance, since I was considered at fault, despite lack of being cited due to vehicle issues. After 2 yrs, I finally was able to refinance my car; however, my insurance will remain high til Feb 2015 @$314 (35 mos). I did not realize why the vehicle's braking and stalling occurred as I was not made aware of the recall until July 2014! if recalls occurred in 07-09, why was I not informed prior to this accident" this accident could have been prevented! when I called to speak to Chrysler, they said that there was nothing that they could do because the car was scrapped. I do not understand why some people can be compensated for issues, but I am disregarded despite the ongoing hardship caused by a defect caused by Chrysler! is there anyone out there that can help!"

- Covington, LA, USA

problem #24

Nov 192014


  • 117,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35 mph, the brake pedal was depressed in order to avoid a crash with another vehicle but failed to respond. As a result, the contact crashed into another vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained bruises and the front passenger sustained chest and back injuries which required medical attention. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was also included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system). The approximate failure mileage was 117,500.

- Newbedford, MA, USA

problem #23

Nov 122014


  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the engine stalled, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and the brakes failed to engage. The vehicle was taken to dealer. The technician diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system) and believed the failure was directly related to the recall. The contact stated that the part needed to remedy the vehicle was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 84,000.

- Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, USA

problem #22

Nov 142014

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 93,400 miles
Help please!!!!!!! I have come here and filed complaints on this vehicle a few times! there is currently a recall on this vehicle, however there is no solution so we are forced to drive in a very dangerous situation! my Jeep dies on me almost twice a week!!! I am 5'1 my knees are no where near the ignition switch! I have taken off everything from my key ring since it started dying in July!!! today I am in tears! we have snow packed icy roads and my Jeep died as I was turning a corner, barely missing another vehicle and with no power steering I was able to get to a curb. I can put the Jeep in park and restart it, but today was a close call! I drive my children in this vehicle!!! we have no other vehicle that I can use! I cannot responsibly sell this vehicle, I would feel horrible if something happened to another family!!! this Agency is set up to maintain the safety of the consumer, please, please help us who are driving this extremely dangerous vehicle! I am copying this and sending it to whatever media outlet will listen!!!

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #21

Oct 032014


  • 80,000 miles
My Jeep Commander turned off, causing my brakes to fail along with steering and airbags to fail. I crashed into the back of someone towing a pontoon boat. The total cost of damage was over $7,000. My insurance had to cover it. This is because of the recall P41. I have called and complained several times about my dash lights flickering, and my Jeep turning itself off. I was without my vehicle for 3 weeks while it was being repaired. Chrysler needs to get this issue figured out! this could have been a much worse accident had I been on the interstate.

- Rapid City, SD, USA

problem #20

Jul 172013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system). The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. Also, the brakes needed to be engaged with excessive force in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Aiken, SC, USA

problem #19

Aug 122014


  • 70,491 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 40 mph, the brake pedal failed to respond when it was depressed. The failure occurred four times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,491.

- West Charleston, VT, USA

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