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:
19 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,829 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Jeep Commander electrical problems

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 25 of 30)

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problem #114

Feb 012008

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


The interior electrical lighting systems often goes out while driving in below freezing temperatures. This includes all speedometer, tachometer, and dash lights for all controls. This has been a problem since I purchased the vehicle new in February 2007. After five years, the led lights illuminating the switches for the fan speed, temperature control, and heated seats. I reported this under warranty but now I am told I am responsible for repair. The dealership cannot find the electrical fault. The led switch bulbs cannot simply be replaced as the entire unit for each control must be replaced. The engine was making a pinging sound and the dealership diagnosed it wrong 3 times. This should have been repaired under warranty when first reported. Many months later after warranty lapsed the dealership's corrective fix was replacing one side of the engine's hydraulic lifters. This made the problem a bit better but did not resolve it.

- New Albany, OH, USA

problem #113

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

problem #112

Jan 142012


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that when trying to start her vehicle it would stall intermittently. The instrument panel speedometer gauge failed and would not display how fast the vehicle was traveling and the windshield wipers would not operate when they were turned on. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who advised her that they were unable to diagnose the failure stated it could be related to the negative side of the can-B bus. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was approximately 82,000.

- Rineyville, KY, USA

problem #111

Sep 202011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 58,612 miles


I own a 2006 Jeep Commander ltd. With the 5.7L hemi. Date of manufacturer was 06/06. In the past year my Commander has began stalling out sporadically while stopped completely. It occurs at any time, night or day, usually only when the engine is cold or cool. The problem occurs when I come to a complete stop at a stop sign, stop light, or any other complete stop in drive or reverse. When I come to a complete stop the RPM's drop and the vehicle stalls out. No warning lights or check engine lights show up on the dash. When it occurs at night all the external vehicle lights turn off, thus making me and my vehicle vulnerable to other traffic. It does not trip a code in the computer so the dealer cannot diagnose the problem. The first time I took my vehicle in for maintenance regarding the problem the dealer recommended I replace the egr valve so I did what they recommended. The problem still occurs. The dealer advised me that they cannot duplicate the problem therefore there is nothing they can do to correct the problem. When my vehicle stalls out it typically will do it 3-5 additional times per trip and it happens at least once per week. I have read that numerous people are having the same problems and Jeep has no fix. I am very concerned with this problem because it is unsafe as I was nearly struck by another vehicle. Recently I was traveling down the street at night and was preparing to turn left at a stop light. I stopped in the middle of the intersection to wait for the oncoming traffic to pass, when my car stalled out and all of the lights turned off (headlights, running lights, etc) making my vehicle completely invisible to traffic. I was unable to move the vehicle until I placed it in neutral and had to restart the engine and move out of the intersection. Please look further into this problem with 2006 Jeep Commanders as this is not something that should happen.

- South Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #110

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 #109

May 102010

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
My Commander is stalling while driving. And at times just will not start. Several incidents dating back to years.. I bought this Commander new, no miles. One incident I was driving going over 50 mph and all dash board lights came on and it just stalled. Another time stalled sitting at red light and all dash board lights came on and it stalled. And over 10 times it just won't start. Right now it is broke down, just won't start. Over the years I was told it was the starter it was replace 8/3/2010 (I had to pay for starter, labor and towing) then next time I replaced the battery. And still the same problems. I did a check on recalls and found the 2008 Commanders was recalled for the same reasons. Why haven't the 2006 Commanders been recalled" this is a very serious problem. I could be in a wreck when this happens. I have children in my Commander age 17 months and 8 months. This problem needs to be recalled and fixed. Chrysler knows this is a existing problem for other year Commanders, they fixed them why not mine??" and I feel since Chrysler accepted this recall in other years and if I wreck Chrysler will be responsible for my wreck and any injuries. All I want is for Chrysler to fix my Commander....

- Vanderbilt, PA, USA

problem #108

Oct 052010


  • 70,000 miles


Multiple times; while driving vehicle stalls. Vehicle fluctuates while idling and then finally stalls.

- Yukon, OK, USA

problem #107

Jul 242009

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
Problems began 1 day after Commander went in to dealer for the regular 3,000mile oil change, that car was returned to me after that oil change, as 'good to go'; w/in 24 hours of that oil change, the Commander would not start and required a new starter (30K miles). After the starter was replaced, the Commander was stalling if - in the middle of a slight incline it had to brake and then resume - at the resume it would stall. Also, after starter replaced dashboard lights blinking; transmission cooler lines leaking, power steering line from pump to cooler leaking, and front and back brake rotors had to be replaced (42K miles) 60K miles, the cruise control turns on by itself and the rear park assist turns off by itself; the water leak into front passenger well. Speaking with custom relations at Chrysler corporate regarding cruise control, rear assist and water leak problems they told me that they were not aware of these being a problem for most Commander customers; however, Chrysler Jeep is aware of these problems as evidenced by the technical service bulletins published on them yet Chrysler Jeep does not issue a recall/take fiscal responsibility for their manufacturer defects. More: Chrysler Jeep expects me to pay them to diagnose the problems so that then so long as I have paid a dealer to repair them they will consider (not necessarily approve; in the past they have in fact denied me reimbusement to fix these problems for which they have technical service bulletins on) refunding me total or partial cost of repairs. More: I was only informed of a safety recall regarding ebc module (brake) when I called in last week (12/2011) regarding the water leak & cruise control problem. Making this more poignant, the reason for this recall - that I was not notified about when it was first issued- is a brake issue that I had detailed to Chrysler Jeep in 2009!

- New York, NY, USA

problem #106

Oct 012009

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
I filed a previous complaint regarding my 2006 Jeep Commander 5.7 L hemi regarding the engine light coming on and the hesitation you get when you are driving. I was told that the PCM sensor needed replaced and it has been but the problem is still there. We have had the O2 sensor replaced twice, the gas filter replaced, transmission fluid and filter changed, my Jeep has been in the shop many times for this same problem and they cannot duplicate the problem on some visits. This is a huge safety concern if my Jeep were to stall from hesitation this could cause a deadly accident. I have no idea where to go from here but I will keep on going until I get someone to listen and correct this problem or take these vehicles off the road.

- Sissonville, WV, USA

problem #105

Oct 012009

Commander 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I was driving on the freeway about to go over a bridge when the dashboard light starting blinking on and off. The car then stalled and I lost all functions of the vehicle, I was lucky enough to pull over with out incident. The car then did start right back up. I have had this problem with the dashboard lights and components to blink 2 other times since (taking my kids to school this morning is the most recent time). Luckily the car did not stall these other times. However, when it begins to happen I cannot start freaking out that my car is going to all of a sudden shut down.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #104

Sep 252011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 2 miles


I have a 06 Jeep Commander that has been completely shutting down while I'm driving. The rpms go up over 3 and 4 and the gears shifts from high to low. And also my engine light comes on and stays on.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #103

Sep 222011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
I was pulling out of my driveway when all the instrument lights came on. I thought it had stalled! when I looked down, the ob data screen said AWD system failed. I put it in park turned off the key and tried to restart it and it would not. That's when I looked up and noticed a lot of white smoke coming from the front of my car! within a second it turned to black smoke! I smelled something burning. I hurried up and got my son and I out of the Jeep and backed away, and within a few seconds there was a pop and the Jeep engine compartment was on fire. We called 911.

- Whitehouse, OH, USA

problem #102

Sep 222011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 54,284 miles
While driving, the instrument panel began flashing all the warning lights several times for a period of 5 minutes. The warning lights that stayed on afterwards: Traction control and electronic stability program and bsp. This could have caused a crash because I was distracted by the malfunction.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #101

Sep 122011


  • miles
This has happened twice, I was driving home from work at 55mph with my new born child, and the engine shut off, the electirc shut off and the power sterring quit. The car behind me almost smashed into me. The Jeep came to a stop and then I turned the key and it turned back on. Please help me!

- Bollivia , NC, USA

problem #100

Sep 012011


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the air conditioner, heater and interior and exterior lights would activate sporadically when engaged. The lights would flicker and the air conditioner and heat would shut off and on. When the failure would occur, the vehicle would stall as well and the only warning was that the lights would flicker. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The current mileage was 42,000.

- Bethleham, PA, USA

problem #99

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 #98

Sep 302009

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Hi my Jeep Commander has been in garage most of the time one day it stayed out in the rain and all the water got in the driver side and the electrical system failed radio shut off and on same with the dashboard lights, headlights and interior lights the it would stay on dash service suspension system check gauges the check engine would com on the battery and the oil and the tire pressure and sometimes it wont start the other day it shut off while driving I have 4 kids and im afraid it could happen when they re with me and they could get hurt I called Chrysler and they take no responsibility for this problem I'm reporting this to the BBB and to the consumers affairs hopefully someone will help.

- Carmel, NY, USA

problem #97

May 252006

Commander 6-cyl

  • 14,000 miles
Since the first few months that I owned this 2006 Jeep Commander it has randomly shut down while I am driving. I have noticed that it happens more often in the summer. It has been taken in and had PCM reprogramming, parts replaced, and other work. At the time we purchased it my husband was the GM at the dealership. The tech's tried everything. Since then the dealership has switched to another automotive group. I have contacted several Jeep service departments and many say there is nothing they can do. They are aware of the problem, but have no solutions other than what has already been done. I drive on highways with my two children often and several times it has cut off when speed limits where 65+ mph. I do not want to pass this problem along to another owner. I managed service departments for years and know how to react to problems, but I am concerned that Jeep has done nothing to fix this. I know of several other owners who purchased vehicles at the same time who had the same problem. Many have been traded in and now new owners are having to deal with this dangerous condition.

- Cedar Point, NC, USA

problem #96

Aug 242011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 95,550 miles
Transmission control switch 2006 Jeep Commander when going down the road goes from drive to 3rd gear I almost got hit in the rear by another car check nengine light comes on and you cant get it ouyt of 3rd gear.

- Somerset, PA, USA

problem #95

Aug 132011

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
After having problems with dashboard lights going all on and off while driving two years ago, now my transmission has failed and the computer has gone out of the car. I have had ongoing issues with the air conditioning, and have replaced the module in the air conditioning to just have the issue re-appear a year later. The cruise control has gone out. And with heavy rains, I have leaking with my sunroof.

- Council Bluffs, IA, USA

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