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

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2006 Jeep Commander electrical problems

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 26 of 30)

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problem #94

Jul 182011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 52,100 miles


I was getting off on an exit with a slight incline. I had my foot slightly on the break to decelerate. The car jerked and the traction control and ABS lights came on. The roads were dry. There was no reason for the traction control and ABS to turn on. The lights remained on. It felt as if someone put their foot on the breaks quickly. After I arrived at my location I turned the car off. When I restarted the car the lights were off. I contacted my service center. They had me bring in the car. They re-flashed to correct the codes.

- Charles Town, WV, USA

problem #93

Jun 222010


  • 68,048 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated when it rains the water leaked through the bars and the windows. The leak was in the driver and passenger side windows. The entire electrical system also failed including the speedometer and radio. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 68,048.

- Harvey, LA, USA

problem #92

Jun 102009


  • 32,000 miles
A/C blower only works on high, not any other setting. I've replaced the blower motor resistor on average of 3X per year (@ $32 from dealer). This is what I've been told by auto mechanics and the Chrysler dealer service dept. Is wrong with the A/C system....and that "it's a common problem." When the resistor is replaced, the A/C will work properly for a short period of time and then repeat the problem. Obviously, there is something causing this part to short/malfunction. After researching this topic (online/internet), I've found many Jeep owners have encountered the exact same problem. The problem is not the blower motor resistor, it is the guage of wiring Chrysler has used to install the system. The wiring can not handle the amps running through it, and the connection/wiring actually melts. This is the case with my vehicle, the connection at the blower resistor is melted. The system has a 40amp fuse, which does not blow before the wiring melts"?".....this is a fire hazard. Chrysler should have done a recall on this. I've opened a case with Chrysler, and so far have gotten nowhere with them.....they just want me to take vehicle into dealer so they can charge me there outrageous rates for looking at the problem, then (according to the discussion threads online) they'll suggest I replace the whole blower unit/system for about $800. The only problem is the guage of the wiring is to small for the amps running the system, and the wiring needs to be replaced. I've heard there is a replacement wiring harness available, but when I asked Chrysler about this part they claimed to know nothing about it.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #91

Jul 202011


  • 94,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The interior lighting and the instrument panel lighting began to flicker erratically, and a warning light on the instrument panel displayed a message indicating that the transmission overheated. The contact also stated that she previously experienced intermittent deceleration as well as flickering of the interior lighting. The vehicle was towed home. The dealer was made aware of the failure and advised the contact to bring the battery in for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 94,000.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #90

Oct 242009


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the vehicle was experiencing numerous electrical failures. The lights on the instrument panel and the dome light would stop illuminating intermittently, and the vehicle would stall while driving at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to duplicate the failure. The contact was also informed that a previous owner replaced the wiring harness, but the failures continued. In addition to the electrical failures, the contact also stated that a grinding noise could be heard coming from the brakes whenever they were applied. The failure mileage was 32,000 and the current mileage was 68,000.

- Beford, TX, USA

problem #89

Jul 112010


  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated the vehicle would hesitate to start with the illumination of several warning lights. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer were notified of the failure however, the vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The failure and current mileage was 34,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Baly, CA, USA

problem #88

May 152011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the vehicle back up sensor failed while backing out of a parking lot and crashing into a vehicle. A police report was filed. The contact did not suffer any injuries. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who stated that the sensor was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 22,000. Updated 09/08/11 the crash sensor was stuck inside the bumper, which caused it to go off at all times in reverse. Updated 10/31/11

- Lowell , MS, USA

problem #87

Jan 182011


  • miles
2006 Jeep Commander limited purchased brand new Dec 2006 from mccune Chrysler and Jeep, national city California. Purchased extended service contract max 6/70, covering my car to 70,000. Car currently has 63,000 miles (extended service contract). Never had an problems with my vehicle at all. Took car to purchasing location for repairs Jan 2011. While there, service advisor said I needed a new exhaust manifold and it was covered under service contract. Since then, my car has cut off in traffic causing me to almost loose my life by being hit by traffic, all lights on my dash panel lights up like a christmas tree, car will not accelerate when gas pedal pushed, ,, and I am told that my car has a communication problem and they can not figure out what's wrong with it. I finally call ed Chrysler customer, filed a complaint, and was told that a case manger will be calling me to work with me and the dealership. If the mechanics can not figure it out, then that is a major concern to me because now my life, my kids lives, and any other passengers lives are at jeopardy while in this vehicle. It's a death trap. Chrysler nor the mccune are taking responsibility. All I am getting is that it's a communication problem within the car. Can someone please help me with this matter? the car was returned to me after 3 days being towed to the dealer and being told it was fixed. The car went back to the shop after two days of having it where it is at this time.

- San Diego , CA, USA

problem #86

Apr 282011


  • 71,000 miles
Our 2006 Jeep Commander intermittently stalls while driving. Usually, the instrument panel lights go crazy, all the lights flashing on and off, and then the vehicle stalls. This happens at anytime, and has happened on the highway! this issue leaves no faults on the computer when checked by a dealer. Dealer replaced the ignition lock, but this did not fix the issue. They have no more suggestions. The internet is filled with other owners of this and other Jeep vehicles that have experienced the same serious issue. Obviously, this could be extremely dangerous!!

- Fox Point, WI, USA

problem #85

Aug 012010


  • 64,000 miles
I purchased the 2006 Commander in June 2010. The first 6 weeks I had the vehicle I loved it. The first incident I had with the vehicle was the service park assist warning came on and stayed on for two days, then went off on its own prior to getting an appointment to have it checked. The next incident happened when I was idling in traffic at a stoplight. Every indicator light on the dash came on and the vehicle started to stall but did not completely stall out. Since that episode I have had issues with the driver side front window and passenger side rear window not functioning properly (at times won't roll up or down from either control). More recently I have had increasing episodes (two to three times per month) of the dash lighting up, headlights dimming and the vehicle losing power (so far always while parked or shifting from park to drive), as well as the service park assist warning and window issues. After hearing of a coworker with a 2007 Commander having some of the same issues I began searching the internet and have found numerous complaints of the same issues as mine. I am afraid to drive this vehicle with my children inside in the event that it would stall out on the highway and I would not be able to control it. I spoke with the dealer that sold me the vehicle yesterday and they have agreed to look at it free of charge this morning since there is no warranty on it now, but I still am not sure I want to keep this vehicle any longer. Chrysler needs to recall these vehicles and fix this issue. I used to be a die hard Jeep fan...but no longer! I am surprised that I have not found any reports of death or serious injury as a result of these electrical issues with this particular model.

- Spencer, WV, USA

problem #84

Jan 182011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 77,000 miles


March of 2009 we experienced a problem with our 2006 Jeep Commander with the electronics in the vehicle shutting down causing the vehicle to stall. We took it into our local dealership where they informed us that the problem was with the shifter module and that it had to be replaced. Well $2500 later and missing parts we requested to keep our vehicle was back in our possession with the problem still happening. Not as severe as what it had been prior to sending it in, however still happening. This evening my husband was driving home from work when this happened again. Only this time the ABS went out and the brakes started pumping for no reason, as well as the vehicle stalling out while driving 110kmph. When home we reviewed recalls recommended for 2006 Jeep Commanders and there is one where it describes the symptoms our vehicle is having in quite detail. Amongst investigating further it was determined that out particular vehicle was not included in the recall although experiencing the same problems.

- Fort Sasktachewan, 00, USA

problem #83

Dec 292010


  • miles
2006 Jeep Commander 4X4 trail rated.

- Avondale, AZ, USA

problem #82

Dec 282010


  • 70,000 miles
Bought 2006 Commander in 2009, every month it either shuts down while driving or will not start at all, I have replaced the starter, battery, fuses, and switches at my own expense, Chrysler will do nothing, I don't know what to do..there are no recalls for V-6 commmanders.

- Burns, TN, USA

problem #81

Sep 062010


  • 39,000 miles
The issues I have had is stalling in my 2006 Jeep Commander. There is not any warning sign associated with this. My car has stalled before while driving on the expressway as well as while parked. There is no warning, it just stalls. While driving the car on the expressway it just cut off. Luckily I was in the far left lane and was able to steer the car to the shoulder. I turned the ignition off then started to car and it drove as if nothing ever happened. It also stalls while parked with no warning. There is no apparent reason. You then have to unplug the battery for at least 24 hours then hope it starts the next day. I have had the alternator changed and this problem still happens. What I was told by a mechanic is when I unplug the battery it is resetting the electrical control panel. But this has not helped. I still have the same problem.

- South Holland, IL, USA

problem #80

Apr 062010

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
2006 Jeep Commander ltd 5.7L. Instrument panel lights flash randomly. Loss of power and car stalls without warning. There was a recall on the same vehicle but with a different engine size for the same problem but not this model even though they know it has the same issue.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #79

Aug 092010


  • 99,000 miles
Vehicle would not start and we had experienced this off and on so we replaced the battery. Within a month, car would not start again. While trying to get it started the lights came on, no start. Waited, tried again, dimmer lights; waited again nothing! electrical system totally non functioning. We have also had stalling issues and car automatically changing gears. It feels like it just can't get speed up and not even a high rate, just in town. I was driving and noticed the gear went from drive to 3rd! I tried turning it off and restarting with no luck and then that stalling feeling all the way to work. The truck has a mind of it's own but it's not working!

- Wheatfield, NY, USA

problem #78

Jul 192010


  • 70,000 miles
I'm a owner of a 2006 Jeep Commander limited and starting to become frustrated and scared to drive this beautiful car. The problem is that the car stalls out (looses power, electrical, power brakes/ steering, everything) when slowing down at a red light, stop sign, parking spot, etc. I have contacted the dealer and several repair shops concerning this problem and they all tell me that they have no idea what it could be and there are no recalls on the issue. Just wanted to see what if anything you suggest for me to do as this I not the first time this has happened and probably not the last. Thanks

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #77

Feb 112010


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving at approximately 50 mph, all of the interior and exterior lights, including the control panel, began blinking rapidly before completely failing. The radio and air conditioner also failed. The vehicle was pulled over and upon restarting, resumed normal operation. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and the failure recurred twice. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure and did not service the vehicle. The failure persisted intermittently and would occur while driving and parked. The failure mileage was 61,000 and the current mileage was 66,000.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #76

Jul 012010


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 35 mph the contact noticed that all of the warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure was not diagnosed by the dealer. There were no prior warnings. The failure mileage was 64000 and the current mileage was 65000.

- Bombay, FL, USA

problem #75

Jun 092010


  • 60,000 miles
2006 Jeep Commander has a starting issue and many occurrences have had to turn the key over several times to get vehicle to start.

- Broomfield, CO, USA

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