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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:
19 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,962 miles

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2006 Jeep Commander electrical problems

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 19 of 30)

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problem #239

Nov 152014

Commander

  • 109,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving approximately 40 mph, the steering wheel seized and the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. However, the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system). The contact mentioned that the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact believed that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 109,000.

- Clovis, CA, USA

problem #238

Jul 162014

Commander

  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle stalled as all of the warning lights on the instrument panel illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The contact also received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 79,000.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #237

Sep 172014

Commander

  • 120,000 miles
2006 Jeep Commander traveling at highway speed 65mph ignition shuts off and loss of power steering. Able to slow to breakdown lane and restart vehicle. This is the second time this has happened Chrysler is no help. I have a 5 month old who was in the vehicle at the time. Its been long enough they should have it figured out. Acceptable time for an issue like this is not 6 months.

- Mashpee, MA, USA

problem #236

Sep 012014

Commander

  • 110,000 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 approximately 45 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. After restarting the engine the vehicle operated as normal. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. Also, the contact mentioned that he received a notification for NHTSA campaign number 14V43800 (electrical). However, the contact indicated that after speaking to the dealer and the manufacturer on multiple occasions he was informed that the parts needed to repair the vehicle were not available and no estimated time to receiving the parts could be provided. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #235

Oct 012014

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
While driving at 45 mph the vehicle just turned off. There is a faulty ignition switch recall but Chrysler will not do anything to help get this repaired. I received a recall notice and contacted them but they will not get back to me about repair. This 2006 vehicle is being driven by my daughter who is 19 years old and away at college. Unfortunately my vehicle is a 2007 Jeep Commander and has the same recall therefore I can't even give her my vehicle to drive since it is unsafe as well. At the very least Chrysler should repair these vehicle pronto! in the interim they should provide a safe vehicle for my daughter to drive.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #234

Jul 072014

Commander

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the esp/ bas warning light illuminated intermittently. In addition, the four wheel drive option failed and the vehicle failed to shift gears. The contact stated that the failures occurred after the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 13V175000 (electrical system, power train). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000. The VIN was not available.

- Boulder Junction, WI, USA

problem #233

Aug 052014

Commander

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact received notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system). However, the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experience a failure.

- Broomfield, CO, USA

problem #232

Nov 032014

Commander

  • 65,000 miles
I was slowly pulling through a stop light (stop and go traffic up to it). Jeep suddenly lost power of all kinds - stalled engine, no emergency flashers, no radio, nothing. Tried to turn key & restart it a # of times but it was dead. Ambulance drove by, stopped & pushed me out of the road. As they were pushing me, electrical came back on. So I tried to turn key again and car started. * am pretty confident that my knee did not touch the key- I am too short for that and also the car would not restart once stalled- I turned key many times to TR and get out of the road and car remained dead/powerless. All electrical was off. Once car came back on, radio stations no longer programmed, etc. Much like the battery had died. ** plz note, mileage is estimated- I need to go look inside car.

- Mill Valley , CA, USA

problem #231

Jun 152011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
In June of 2011 I was driving down the fwy at 70mph when the engine turned off steering wheel locked and I has to coast off the fwy luckily it was night and little traffic (California is known for heavy fwy traffic. It started again early 2012 this time the transmission would not shift at appropriate times and rev the engine while maintaining speed in any gear and would do that for 5-7 days in a row and then run normally (this still occurs at least once a month) dealership and other mechanics could not find an issue and basically stated the engine was running hot and the fan had not kicked in no the case since this was winter time when it began. As recently as April of 2014 it began turning off completely when slowly coming to a stop anywhere on the fwy at a signal going uphill, downhill, parking in a parking space and this happens every day all day long - it never does not do it. At this time I have 117000 and it is very unsettling as I have a 7 year old son, a full time job and live in busy California - the fact that Jeep/Chrysler is unable to determine the repair needed is putting my family at risk day after day - I can barely afford and make ends meet and this has caused me much stress. I cannot afford to purchase another vehicle as I have tried for the past year. Please help me.

- Diamond Bar , CA, USA

problem #230

Aug 302014

Commander

  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph engaging the brakes, the contact's knee inadvertently hit the keys causing the ignition switch to turn off. As a result, the vehicle became involved in a rear-end crash. It was unknown if there was a police report filed or if there were any injuries sustained. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system) was directly related to the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 36,000.

- Smellville, GA, USA

problem #229

Jul 152014

Commander

  • 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 on several occasions. The vehicle was able to restart after numerous attempts. The contact stated that the part was not available to service the vehicle under NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the delay and could not provide an estimated date for when the contact's vehicle would receive the recall repair. The failure mileage was not available.

- Oxford, MI, USA

problem #228

Sep 232013

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Sept 2013 -- stalled, shut down, no start. No restart. Piston was replaced. Car never worked properly after incident. Jeep would pulsate when slowing down or stopped. April 2014 -- stalled, shut down, no start. Car stalled while driving at approximately 25mph. Battery and solenoid/starter. June 2014 -- no start, transmission over temp". Jeep would start for very short period, over-heat and shut down. Hoses and water pump replaced. Blower motor replaced. July 2014 -- stalled, shut down, no start. Dealership can't find any problems. Had tune-up; replaced spark plugs, etc. Engine light on. Dash lights would come on and shut completely off while driving. After car was shut off it wouldn't restart. Windows wouldn't work or if they finally engaged would go up and down sporadically.car horn came on by itself and wouldn't shut off until relay was taken out. Sept 2014 -- stalled, shut down, no start.starter replaced, new battery. Car started hesitating while driving. Dash lights would all come on and then all shut off. When coming to a stop or slowing down car would lose power. While coming to an intersection to make a left turn on a green turn arrow car wouldn't engage to excel. My 7 year old daughter was in the car. I feared we were going to stall in the middle of the intersection of a busy street. All the dash lights came on and shut off repeatedly as we coasted around the turn. Got a new battery. Car still wouldn't start. Dealership replaced solenoid/starter. Sept 2014 -- hesitates, lights on dash on and off, engine light on, dealership can't find any problems. Again, dashboard lights came and all shut off. Jeep is/was hesitating while driving and not engaging / changing gears while driving. Also, periodically accelerates randomly while driving.dealership suggests replacing control module and having wiring harness diagnosed.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #227

Oct 212013

Commander

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled and all the lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred multiple times. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system). The parts needed for the recall repairs were not available. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician explained that the repairs were not able to be performed until the parts became available. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- South Beach, OR, USA

problem #226

Jun 112014

Commander

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while at a traffic light, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact mentioned that the vehicle restarted but the failure recurred multiple times. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical). However, the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Quantico, VA, USA

problem #225

Jun 032014

Commander

  • 112,125 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system). However, the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 112,125.

- Center Moriches, NY, USA

problem #224

Oct 152013

Commander

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the front end of the vehicle started to shake violently as the engine stalled. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system). However, the part needed was not available for repair. The contact mentioned that the manufacturer had exceeded the reasonable amount of time for repair. Neither the manufacturer nor the dealer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Stockton , CA, USA

problem #223

Sep 292014

Commander

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated while driving approximately 19 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed the failure but the contact was not aware of the diagnosis. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system). However, the part to the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #222

Aug 222014

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 95,800 miles
Less then two weeks after the purchase of the 2006 Commander (purchased on 8/10), the dash started to flicker off and on at random times - slow and fast. As I would drive it would get worse and I would lose RPM, mph, lights at night, wipers during storms, radio, air, heat, defrost, all dash warnings flashing on and off, etc. The dash would go black and then the car would stall. The first time this happened I was on a hwy going 65 and had to drift to the side without killing myself or someone else. I started the car back up with no problem. Two hours later I was at a stop sign and it did the same thing. 8/27/14 took it to the dealer and they said they fixed it. The third time it surged, I was in a storm crossing over a two lane bridge - dash flashing, lights/defrost/radio/wipers on and off, and then nothing but darkness and car stalled - I had nowhere to go. I lost all control with the car and only going 35mph. I was able to coast to high point of the bridge with passing cars beeping and flashing their lights at me. I started the car and had the repeat experience three more times before getting home using the emergency break - brakes lock when car stalls. 9/20/14 I took it to the dealer and they said they fixed it. I was driving 35 on a highway and it started again and I decided to tape the activity with my phone - dangerous while driving but had to show someone what was going on - dealer told me they could get me in to look at it in 4 days. 10/13/14 dealer puts me in a junk car and says they are going to fix it and wants me to be safe. Thinks it is a recall. Love the car but don't want to die in it because of an electrical surge. My concern is that these complaints have been coming in since 2007 and it is just now getting attention. This is a huge safety issue. I wish I would have done my research before buying the car, shame on me.

- Lewis Center, OH, USA

problem #221

Oct 012014

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
2006 Jeep Commander. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall notice. The consumer stated on numerous occasions, the engine would completely turn off and he lost the ability to brake, accelerate and even steer. The consumer stated despite the numerous efforts, in trying to fix the vehicle, the problem would always return. The consumer supplied his recall notice. Recall # 14V438000. According to the recall notice, the parts were not available.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #220

Oct 082014

Commander

  • 78,511 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving approximately 5 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 78,511.

- Dayton, OH, USA

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