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:
5 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,785 miles

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2006 Jeep Commander drivetrain problems

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 6 of 9)

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problem #68

Oct 122013

Commander 8-cyl

  • 95,530 miles


In may, 2013 I received recall, N23. Soon after I had the recall applied. On the first attempt to use the 4 wheel drive feature it failed. I went to another dealer who disconnected the transfer case, checked the connections and voltages and found them ok. They reconnected the transfer case and reported it operational. A few weeks later, while traveling, I received another warning that the transfer case failed. I went to a local Jeep dealer who diagnosed the problem as needing an actuator. When I returned home I went to the dealer that applied the original recall which was a software update. After they cleared the error codes they said they found a broken connector on the actuator. I assume all the manual handling of the actuator probably caused the connector to brake. I was told that the actuator had to be replaced but was on backorder. I have paperwork that indicates that the original problem found was a cracked circuit board in the actuator. How can a software update fix a cracked circuit board" could that be why there are no new actuators available? were they pulled off the market" there are many Jeep owners that I am in contact with that are having the same problem as I am and are being told the same thing by Chrysler that I am: That the recall did not cause the damage to the actuator. Something needs to be done to resolve this problem. Someone outside of Chrysler and the owners needs to investigate to get to the bottom.

- Corning, NY, USA

problem #67

Nov 152013


  • 82,000 miles
My wife reported a strange thumping sound from under the car. She said it began after dropping children at school and going over a speed bump at the school. Something she does every day. Upon inspection I found the driver side emergency brake cable was interfering with the rear universal joint on the driveshaft. The cable was kinked and being cut by the rotation of the driveshaft. There was also abrasion of the gas tank splash guard. I have no doubt if this happened at highway speed the cable would be cut in half and possibly wrap around the driveshaft causing the driver side emergency brake to apply and lock-up the wheel resulting in a rollover. The gas tank could also have been punctured if the cable was pulled by the driveshaft. Somehow the normal action of the vehicles suspension was able to place this cable in contact with the driveshaft. The rotation of the universal joint caught the cable pulling it into the rotating shaft. I consider this a class 1 defect that should be corrected with a model recall. Normally the emergency brake cable is routed off to the side and not directly over the differential. What were they thinking? Chrysler needs to devise a supplemental attaching point that will ensure the cables are not able to contact the driveshaft even under extreme off road driving. I have a full set of photos available upon request. I have ordered a new cable but the part number is on back order. This indicates there is a problem when the part cannot be stocked due to high demand. This cable should last the life of the vehicle without question. NHTSA is there for the public. It exists on public taxes. It is not there to shield corporate mistakes and short cuts. I feel that NHTSA is not operating within the public trust if it allows defects to be ignored.

- Southwest Ranches, FL, USA

problem #66

Jan 012013

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
2006 Jeep Commander. Consumer writes in regards to reprogram final drive controller module recall notice and seeks reimbursement for repairs. The consumer stated the vehicle shifted into neutral at the bottom of a hill and would not move out of neutral. She had the vehicle towed to a local repair shop who informed her there was a problem with the transfer case and recommended replacement. The consumer stated she was unaware of the final drive controller module software issue at the time. The recall notice was issued in May 2013, but she wasn't notified until September. The consumer submitted the documents along with the contact information from the repair shop, only to be told she was not eligible for reimbursement, because it was not the same issue as the recall described. She asked for clarification on the factors contributing to that determination and was informed the repair shop could not verify the issue caused by the drive controller module.

- Glade Park, CO, USA

problem #65

Oct 072013

Commander 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


2006 Jeep Commander with check engine light took to a mechanic and was told input speed sensor was told its an internal transmission part. My vehicle hesitates when accelerating and also bucks.

- Monticello, IA, USA

problem #64

Oct 232013

Commander 6-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
Car dash lights radio and headlights went on and off 5 times in a 1 mile drive. Car also shifted into neutral on its own. Called Jeep. They said that even though these things are on the recall list my car is not eligible due to my VIN number. And if I want these things fixed I would have to pay.

- Springfield, MA, USA

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problem #63

Oct 112013

Commander 6-cyl

  • 96,100 miles
2006 Jeep Commander with check engine light took to dealer and was told they couldn't fix the used scan tool to look up code P0700 and this took them to P2767 input speed sensor was told its an internal transmission part and they cant fix was told they cant duplicate problem so they cant fix at this time. My vehicle hesitates when accelerating and also bucks.

- St.Louis, MO, USA

problem #62

Oct 012013

Commander 6-cyl

  • 73,168 miles


I purchased my car in July, 2012, it is now Oct, 2013, and I have had numerous problems with the Jeep, for starters the lights and dash board lights keep flickering on an off by themselves, and now Jeep won't pick up speed at times and the engine light came on, I took it to the dealer and they stated that it was a shift module problem that would cost 997. Well I took it from the shop and a week later brought it back and they then stated that they would have to take the transmission apart and clean it because it might be debris that is on it, well later they call me to say that it was the transmission I need a new one and for that it will cost me 2900....there was a recall on this same type of problem back in 2008, could it be that I purchased this vehicle and they never had this problem fixed"?"

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #61

Nov 012012

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
2006 Jeep Commander. Consumer writes in regards to transfer case actuator recall notice. The consumer stated the vehicle slipped into neutral, leaving her stranded on the highway. She was unable to drive the vehicle, so it had to be towed to the dealer. A week prior, the dealer inspected the vehicle and informed the consumers husband a new transmission was needed and the cost would be between 5,000 and 6,000 dollars. The consumer went to an independent repair shop, where the transmission was replaced.

- Brookville, OH, USA

problem #60

May 012013


  • 132,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that after starting the vehicle, it rolled away and out of a residential garage, crashing into the trees. A police report was not filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer immediately after the crash. The contact mentioned that four months later, she received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V175000 (electrical system, power train). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and sent an engineer to further inspect the failure. The engineer was unable to determine was caused the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 132,000 and the current mileage was 135,000.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #59

Jan 012013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was found that the PCM needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 08V203000 (power train). The failure mileage was not available.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #58

Aug 172013


  • 115,000 miles


I have just purchased this used 2006 Jeep Commander 1 week ago. The vehicle is in great condition, no previous accidents, no engine lights/error codes. On the 2nd day of owning the Jeep I experienced my first stall, and since then 4 more stalls. There is no engine lights, error codes, etc. The vehicle seems to be 100% okay, however the vehicle has just shut off 4 times losing brakes, steering, lights, etc - whether I am moving or at a stop. At first I thought "I must have bought a lemon" but I have been reading through several forums and blogs that there are 100's if not 1,000's of people who are experiencing the same issue with their 5.7L hemi Commander, and some of the blogs date back to 2006 when these vehicles were brand new with less than a thousand miles on them. One person actually suffered an accident due to this electrical issue - losing control of steering and brakes. Because their is no engine codes or lights dealerships are not assessing the issue at all or are just throwing parts at it hoping it is fixed and charging the customer a boat load of money. Several people have identified that the issue potentially resides in the PCM and the ignition coils, some say that the coils put of an em interference that is disrupting the PCM. Regardless - Chrysler needs to get this fixed so no one else gets hurt, or killed.

- San Antonio , TX, USA

problem #57

Aug 092013


  • 109,400 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the gear shifted independently and caused the vehicle to accelerate. The vehicle was not been inspected or repaired. Prior to the failure, the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 13V175000 (electrical system, power train). The manufacturer was made aware of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 109,400.

- Bakersville, CA, USA

problem #56

Aug 132013


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the vehicle independently down shifted into park. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the front end differential would need to be replaced along with the power control module. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 97,000.

- Lexington, NC, USA

problem #55

Jul 222013


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated while driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled. The contact also mentioned that the failure recurred intermittently. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 08V203000 (power train). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #54

Feb 182013


  • 87,000 miles
I was in vehicle getting into car, care was on already, and the gear jumped from park to reverse since I still had door open I fell from care while vehicle continued in reverse from garage till it crashed into fire hydrant, recall was just received a month ago in regards......( a transfer case electrical failure may result in an unintentional shifting of the transfer case into the neutral position, in this case it was in park and jumped to reverse causing the accident and injury to me as I fell out of the car.

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #53

Aug 192008


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that he heard a grinding noise from under the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the power of the engine was too powerful for the transmission and the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred three more times. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Tooele, UT, USA

problem #52

Jul 032013


  • 69,000 miles
I received a recall notice about a week prior to this incident for NH23. It stated there were no parts to repair it and to put the emergency brake on while the vehicle is in park in the meantime which I did. On July 3rd- I took my daughter to the bmv to take her road test in my Jeep. The officer and my child stated that the car was malfunctioning and not safe to test in. We had no problem on the way there. I went out to see what could be wrong and the vehicle was surging loudly and "jumping" in place. It would not switch gears either so it could not be driven. I had it towed to my mechanic and was told my transmission was gone. I called the recall number and spoke to [xxx] who told me that a software glitch would've prevented this problem from being diagnosed and to have it towed to ganley Chrysler in bedford, oh. I learned on 7/9 when mike a service tech there called me requesting $936 to open the transmission. "it's a broken part in the transmission." I asked him if it was related to the tca. He said, "what's that" let me look it up." He then stated, "no. That's just a piece that is used to program the car. It has nothing to do with it." I called Chrysler back and spoke with [xxx]. I gave her the background info and she called mike. She told me "it has nothing to do with the recall." The dealership did not know to diagnose my car once it was dropped of there. After speaking with the representative instead of doing a thorough check they maintained that the problem is that there is a broken part in the transmission and it is not R/T to the transfer case actuator. Even though the tca going bad can cause the transmission to ??go bad?? or break. I firmly believe it could not be appropriately diagnosed D/T a software glitch and that the tca needed replacing and the dealer did not have the parts as the recall stated. Why then should I pay for the repairs" information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Twinsburg, OH, USA

problem #51

Jun 092013


  • 110,600 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the gear shifted out of drive and into neutral independently, causing the vehicle to stall. The failure was experienced several times. The traction control and the transmission warning lights illuminated after the failure occurred. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to have a diagnostic performed. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 110,600.

- Muncie , IN, USA

problem #50

Aug 062007

Commander 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Commander started to have dash problems, such as transmission light S would surround all be circled or boxed with a square light so I would not know what was going on in 2007 this went on for years. I would pull over and stop put the Jeep in park or try to put back into drive but it would really be in neutral and then it would jump into drive or 1st or 2nd and could not get back out unless I turned vehicle off then I would be lucky to get the vehicle to go into gear, and when it would go into get it would jump and make a loud noise and scare the pants off of me. Then the vehicle would run like knew for a few weeks with no problems and then same conditions applied, could go for months, or a year and then same conditions happened again. If I took the problem to a Jeep dealer they would say it would have to be having problem in order for them to diagnose. The Chrysler would not pay for my recalled Commander 2006, even though I had already had a Jeep dealership in bloomington mn., fix the condition on 12/21/12. I also had the same problem 0N 8/8/2012 in cloquet mn.., and at stillwater motors 06/30/07, all Jeep dealerships Chrysler call center said, once the recall came out Chrysler said I am out of luck. My Jeep Commander was jumping into gear any gear and is the same problem they are reporting. Please help me access my recall so I can recover my funds. Chrysler, has on 3 calls said my 2006 Commander is not on their list.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #49

Jan 012012

Commander 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
While driving, Jeep Commander will randomly jump to neutral and when press gas will rev up only. Have to either manually shift the gear to neutral then back to drive or pullover turn off Jeep and star back up. The physical shifter does not move to neutral position just the actual gear. Does at random times and speeds and when it does the Jeep will not accelerate which can cause accidents especially on highways.

- Oak Ridge, NC, USA

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