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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,045 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Jeep Commander electrical problems

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments

problem #10

Jan 012015

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles


I received a safety recall notice in October that said I would receive another one for a defect that needed to be fixed concerning my ignition switch. I never received it and am still waiting so that I may take my car in and have it repaired. My car has on several occasions switched off and all the lights on my dash go on and off while I am driving it. You say this is a safety issue and I would like to have this matter taken care of. I would appreciate your attention to this matter and help. Thank you, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #9

Aug 082012


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact started the ignition and the engine failed to operate. In addition, the instrument panel and power windows would only function sporadically. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnosis, who detected that the failure was an electrical problem. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Selden, NY, USA

problem #8

Feb 122009


  • 19,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated while driving at speeds of 60 mph, her knee touched against the key in the ignition and the vehicle stalled. She attempted to contact the dealer but to no avail. The contact stated the failure occurred an additional five times. The vehicle has not yet received diagnostic testing or been repaired. The failure mileage was 19,000 and the current mileage was 35,353.

- Swansea, MA, USA

problem #7

Dec 112007

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,100 miles


Vehicle stalls at random times at random speeds, sometimes while sitting at a stoplight, other times while accelerating, and also while just cruising at freeway speeds. Several times I have lost all power to engine, steering and electronics(lights, gauges radio), and a few times I have only lost power to my electronics and then they kick back on like nothing happened..this is a serious problem that is wide spread throughout the Jeep Commander community, I seriously see some lawsuits in the near future due to the accidents this is going to a second owner of mine and have had it for about 3 months with no problems, then within the last week it has died at least once a day...thank god im still under warranty. I am going to the dealer tomorrow, they hope that replacing the ignition module is going to fix it..we'll see.

- Ft Walton Beach, FL, USA

problem #6

Oct 052007

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
Since purchasing our Commander in early 2006, we have experienced no less than 12 incidents of stalling. The vehicle stalled at a complete stop, as well as while driving at approximately 50-65 mpm. We also have experienced extremely sluggish acceleration at highway speed, both situations placing us at in danger of a collision. Finally, when conducting hard turns (similar to a U-turn), the engine will sputter and barely accelerate in traffic situations, several times nearly resulting in a collision.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #5

Feb 012006

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
We purchased a 2006 brand new Jeep Commander for safety and reliability reasons. While my wife was driving with our three young daughters on the highway at speeds of 70 mph during the evening hours the vehicle suddenly shut off and lost all power. My wife avoided a serious accident by quickly turning. She later restarted the vehicle and drove the entire trip on the service road. The dealership could not duplicate the problem. The problem has happened several times since to both my wife and myself. The problem has now been id, it's the location of the ignition key being just above the right knee. While driving the Jeep close caution must be exercised while driving not to hit the key. Very dangerous and serious situation.

- Universal City, TX, USA

problem #4

Jun 242007

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,800 miles


Not so much a complaint but a statement car died while driving down the road with cruise control on due to my knee striking the ignition key, turning it back to the accessory" position as I moved my foot from the accelerator pedal to flat on the floor. This was simply operator error on my part. I' read the other complaints on engine dying, and almost didn't purchase this vehicle due to those, but upon further investigation on my part I felt fairly sure reported problems could be operator error rather than an actual electrical issue. This was only my opinion buy based on my actual life experience, the car died while going on the road was due to my own action. I will note that I had zero problems controlling the car after the engine shut off. I simply steered over to the shoulder, put the car in park and restarted it. I probably could have just as easily put the car in neutral and restarted it while coasting on the road. If others get to voice their complaints on this issue I feel I should be allowed this statement on that same type of event so that consumers investigating this vehicle can make more of an informed decision about purchasing one. Additionally, my solution to this problem was to simply move my seat back; I am 6'3" and I was simply unnecessarily crowding myself. I will also point out that we had just purchased this car 2 days ago, so still getting use to it.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #3

Apr 062007

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,048 miles
- faulty instrumental panel and possible ignition problem. Ignition would start, but panel would not turn on. The engine would not go over 30 mph while panel was off and brake system would not work. There were also loss of lights, including headlight, engine power. Brake was locked when making turns. Faulty engine light. Stalled on turns at slow speed.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 102007

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2006 V8 Jeep Commander stalls at slow speeds. It will happen on average once a week. Also, the right passenger window will sometimes not go up all the way and "ounce down.

- Covington, LA, USA

problem #1

Jul 202006

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
I live in Canada but didn't know who to contact up here. I have a new 2006 Jeep Commander (3000 kms). This truck has now stalled twice on the freeway while traveling in excess of 100 km/H. both times, the instrument panel goes to zero and I lose all power to brakes and steering. The 2nd time almost caused a crash with my wife and 1 year old in the vehicle. The dealership has looked at it twice now: The first time they couldn't reproduce and the second time they replaced the ignition stating they "hoped" it would fix the problem but were not 100%. I've read all kinds of complaints surrounding this issue on various websites so there are definitely other people being impacted.

- Ottawa, 00, USA

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