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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:
5 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,230 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Jeep Commander drivetrain problems

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 8 of 9)

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problem #30

Dec 052011

Commander

  • 115,000 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 the vehicle would stall when braking to a complete stop. The contact also stated that the vehicle would attempt to stall when accelerating. The contact referenced NHTSA recall campaign id number: 08V203888 (powertrain: Automatic transmission control module), but was advised by the manufacturer that the vehicle was not included in the recall campaign. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer. The failure mileage was 115,000 and the current mileage was 126,000.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #29

Mar 262012

Commander

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the vehicle would stall intermittently and without warning. The contact smelled a burning odor and noticed smoke coming from the gear shifter. The warning lights then illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle was towed to the dealer, but a diagnosis of the failure was not determined. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #28

Aug 042010

Commander

  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving approximately 60 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The engine was restarted and the vehicle resumed as normal. The failure recurred sporadically. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and repaired under NHTSA campaign id number 08V203000 (power train:automatic transmission:control module; tcm, PCM). The same day the vehicle was repaired, the contact experienced the engine stalling failure. The recall remedy did not correct the malfunction. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage 109,000.

- Brooklet, GA, USA

problem #27

Sep 012011

Commander

  • 60,000 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 the vehicle stalled while driving at various speeds. The vehicle operated as normal upon restart. The contact also stated that the vehicle would intermittently experience difficulty starting and required a jump start. In addition, the windows would involuntarily begin opening when he intended to close them. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the contact was informed that the failure could possibly have been due to the electrical system. The battery was replaced but the failures continued. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 08V203000 (power train:automatic transmission:control module (tcm, ppm)). No additional repairs were performed. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #26

Jun 012011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
2006 Jeep Commander does not start. We have to try about 30 times sometimes to get it to start. It just makes a clicking noise. Also the Jeep Commander will stall while driving. (very dangerous) especially with two kids. Another problem is it gets stuck in low gear or 4X4 (not sure which). I have read complaint after complaint on the internet about these same problems with many many 2006 Commanders. I am very displeased with how Jeep has swept these problems under the carpet. Yes, they have had a few recalls, but nothing to fix these very serious and very dangerous defects. Please help, as we spent a good amount of money on what we thought and needed to be a reliable vehicle. It is not reliable at all.

- Hutchinson, KS, USA

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problem #25

Aug 012011

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
This problem happens year round. Once you put the vehicle into drive, all of the shift lights "prnd" light up and the vehicle won't accelerate. If you are already driving down the road/ freeway, it will randomly light up and stop accelerating. When it randomly occurs, it happens with no warning, and you have to attempt to pull the vehicle over to the side of road, put it into neutral or park or restart the vehicle, and attempt it again. The check engine light will come on and the problem will happen repeatedly over a week period, then the problem will stop for a week or two and then resurface at the worst time- for example an intersection, an on-ramp, a busy street, and it has presented huge safety issues for me and my family. Does it take someone dying for this to get recalled? I have read forum after forum of the same issue amongst consumers with my exact make, model, and year (and earlier models) and yet, when I called Jeep, they say they have never heard of it, there is no recall, and I've been turned away.

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #24

Dec 152011

Commander

  • 52,000 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 driving at very low speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where the dealer advised that the electronic shift module needed to be updated. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign I.D. number: 08V203000 (power train:automatic transmission:control module (tcm, PCM) but was advised by the manufacturer that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 52,000.

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #23

Oct 152011

Commander

  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander 4X4. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, the speed reduced to 20 mph while the accelerator pedal was engaged and the transmission warning indicator began to illuminate. The contact maneuvered to the side of the road. The engine was turned off and upon restarting the malfunction continued to occur. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who stated that the PCM would need to be reprogrammed. There was a recall related to the failure under NHTSA campaign id number 08V203000 (power train:automatic transmission:control module (tcm, PCM). The VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #22

May 012011

Commander

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact was driving approximately 65 mph when the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle but the vehicle continued to stall intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostics where the battery was replaced but the failure persisted. The vehicle was not further repaired. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 08V203000 (power train:automatic transmission:control module (tcm, PCM)) but the manufacturer advised that the VIN was not included in the recall. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

- Memphis , TN, USA

problem #21

Nov 162011

Commander

  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While approaching a stop sign at approximately 20 mph the vehicle suddenly stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 08V203000 (power train:automatic transmission:control module (tcm, PCM)) that may be related to the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 56,000.

- Elmira, NY, USA

problem #20

Oct 252011

Commander 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles

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

While driving, all gear indicators prnd light simultaneously, "service park assist system" message appears, "check engine" light illuminates, some hard shifts from 2 to 1, 2 to 3 and 3 to 4. vehicle loses power but does not stall. Engine revs but does not transfer power to wheels.

- Williamstown, MA, USA

problem #19

Jul 012009

Commander

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The failure recurred when driving various speeds and when driving in reverse. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics where the technician advised that the transmission would have to be replaced or rebuilt. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000.

- Dix Hills, NY, USA

problem #18

Oct 262011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
Can't believe it! I was almost killed! have had the car a few months. Only 40,000 miles on the car. I was driving on thruway in buffalo, NY and engine quit. Lost steering and brakes. Almost lost it as I went off the road. Just read tsb on this car, only to find out this has been a problem for years. I'm fuming. Why have you not made Jeep recalled these cars? please don't wait for a death! I'm still shaking. It could have been me tonight. They've known there is a problem and they haven't done anything about it.

- Williamsville, NY, USA

problem #17

Nov 172010

Commander

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving approximately 60 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The contact was able to coast the vehicle to the side of the road and upon restarting the vehicle resumed as normal. The failure recurred six times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where they were unable to locate a problem. In 2009 the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number 08V203000 (power train: Automatic transmission: Control module (tcm, PCM)). The contact stated that the previous recall remedy failed to correct the defect. The manufacturer was notified of the recurring problem. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Newport, TN, USA

problem #16

Jul 012011

Commander

  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander limited. The contact was driving 65 mph when the engine stalled. The vehicle also failed to accelerate when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was contacted where they confirmed that the VIN did not qualify for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number:08V203000(power train:automatic transmission:control module (tcm, PCM). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 72,000 and the current mileage was 74,000.

- Pleasant Grove, UT, USA

problem #15

Sep 102011

Commander

  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact was driving 55 mph when the air bag and engine failure lights illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who confirmed a fault in the trans axle fault software. The manufacturer confirmed that the VIN did not apply to the recall under NHTSA campaign id number:08V203000 (power train:automatic transmission:control module (tcm, PCM). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 74,000 and the current mileage was 74,821.

- Richfield Springs, NY, USA

problem #14

Sep 012011

Commander

  • miles
2006 Jeep Commander. Consumer writes in regards to transmission issues the consumer stated while driving 55 mph, the vehicle went from drive to 3rd gear and the check engine light illuminated. The consumer stated he had to turn the vehicle off, in order to get it out of 3rd gear. The consumer stated the transmission made a loud bang noise and then the engine revved up to 4000 RPM's.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #13

Jun 192009

Commander 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
While driving the dash lights went out and headlights started flashing on and off. Took it to dealer and they found no trouble. The vehicle keeps blowing rear tail light bulbs, and blower motor at times does not work on certain speeds. Cigarette lighter/power outlets stopped working even though fuse is good. Power windows intermittently stop working. The transmission went out around 62,000 miles. Had dealer replace transmission and now at 102,000 miles the transmission will loose drive when shifting into 3rd under moderate acceleration. You then have to pull off the road and put the car in park, then back in drive to regain drive. Transmission also "surges" under light throttle conditions at low speeds(10-20mph). I have contacted Jeep and their response was that because of the mileage on the vehicle they could do nothing. I feel that the flashing lights and the loss of drive while in traffic are major safety issues. I have been researching this vehicle and found may other owners with the exact same problems.

- Porter, IN, USA

problem #12

Aug 252011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 134,490 miles
Vehicle driving anywhere from 35 to 70 mph suddenly without warning goes into third gear! causing instand slow down and vehicle shut down.

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

problem #11

Jul 302011

Commander 8-cyl

  • 106,182 miles
Stalling when in park, stalling on the freeway at high speeds, very low idle when parked or at a red light P.

- Valdosta, GA, USA

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