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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:
16 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,683 miles

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2006 Jeep Commander electrical problems

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 1 of 29)

problem #571

May 082016

Commander

  • 160,000 miles

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

When driving on the highway the vehicles engine just stops. Power steering is gone if you have to maneuver out of the way it's very difficult when decelerating it seems to down shift very hard like going form 4th to 1st the dash lights flash randomly when ever they feel like it. I've been thru 3 fan speed controls fir the heater this has been happening for the last 2 years

- Hope, MI, USA

problem #570

Jul 072015

Commander

  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated while at approximately 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to merge to the shoulder of the road. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure persisted. The contact was concerned for their safety and parked the vehicle. The approximate failure mileage was 57,000.

- Summit, NJ, USA

problem #569

May 072016

Commander

  • 110,000 miles
I purchased the vehicle in 2010 and within a month some electrical issues were intermittently occurring. The dealer said the ignition had to be replaced and did so. These problems seemed to continue thought not often. The symptoms are as follows-first the lights start flickering and then go out. All of the dash components go out including the speedometer, fuel gage, radio etc. The ac fan also turned off. This condition did not stop the vehicle from running it just turned off the electrical components there was however a problem with stalling, a separate issue from the electrical issue., a few times while in the vehicle was stopped it would stall when stopping or starting off again. This was true in reverse and forward. I was never really worried about safety until last night when the lights went out while driving on a dark curvy country road. It was only for a few seconds but it was terrifying. This issue needs to be dealt with. In 2015 there were several recalls issued and they seemed to be related to the problems I was having. I had all of the recall notices dealt with. The software upgrades and the ignition replacement. This didn't solve the problem. In fact

- Great Barrington, MA, USA

problem #568

Jun 082010

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 of NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system) and stated that the part needed for the repair was not available. 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 contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Vincennes, IN, USA

problem #567

Apr 182016

Commander

  • 111,117 miles
Stalling problems while driving. This issue has been going on for over a year now, I was told by Jeep to get P41 recall repaired and possibly fix the problem. I've had P41 done and the same problem keeps happening. Everything just completely shuts down and I am unable to steer and have to restart the engine. This has happened to me numerous of times including driving on the freeway. I've contacted Jeep customer service, I was told I was the only one they know of regarding this issue which is not true. Another problem is dashboard lights will light up on and off while driving. All light indicators will stay on for period of time until car is restarted again.

- Renton, WA, USA

problem #566

Oct 142015

Commander

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system); however, the part to do the recall repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Mt. Juliet, TN, USA

problem #565

Apr 062016

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 of NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system) however, the part needed to repair the vehicle 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 issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #564

Apr 012016

Commander

  • 127,000 miles
This vehicle was recalled for the ignition switch experiencing an unintended change in ignition switch position and because the ignition switch was loose made it difficult at times to start and remain running. The vehicle was taken in for recall work and was supposedly fixed, however upon picking it up the vehicle was difficult to start and the dealership stated it was because of the new ignition system and that you had to press and turn the key just right for it to start. This condition only worsened the next week and eventually the car would not start at all. When the vehicle was towed to the dealership they started the starter and the wiring to the starter was fried and that it had nothing to do with the ignition replacement and said it would cost over $800 to repair!!!

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #563

Mar 012015

Commander

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving various speeds, the vehicle shook and stalled. The vehicle was restarted and resumed normal operation. The contact took the vehicle to the manufacturer who diagnosed that the ptm needed to be updated and/or replaced. The contact stated that NHTSA action number: EA07007 (electrical system, engine and engine cooling, power train) directly related to the failure associated with the vehicle. The dealer informed the contact that the NHTSA campaign number: 08V203000 (power train) for the year, make, model, and failure were similar because the investigation involved the 4.7L V-8 engine. The contact's vehicle was equipped with a 5.7L V-8 engine. The manufacturer was unable to provide a recall repair. The manufacturer opened a case on the contact's behalf regarding the vehicle. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Missoula, MT, USA

problem #562

Jan 042016

Commander

  • miles
The car jumps and then stalls when it is idling in reverse or drive. It also will accelerate on its own and the brakes are hard to press. This happens when the lighting bolt appears and the anti side lights on the dash, then the care either doesn't respond to pressing the gas and is harder to press the brakes. I have to restart the car for it to work. This all began after recalls being updated, it has been diagnosed as my power train control modual and that it has been recalled in other vehicles for the same reasons but there is no recall attached to my VIN according to Chrysler. Ive done research online and numerous other Jeep Commanders and other Jeep modules made around the same time are having the same issue. The problem is on going and has been for over a year but has gotten much worse after fixing of recalls a few months ago. The date below is estimate of when the recall was fixed.

- Missoula, MT, USA

problem #561

Feb 042016

Commander

  • 90,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle stalled. As a result, another vehicle crashed into the passenger side of the vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained neck injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed from the crash scene to an auto body repair center for body repair and replacement of the steering wheel. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #560

Feb 172016

Commander

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 30 mph, the check engine, oil change, air bag, and check pressure warning indicators remained illuminated. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the air bag check pressure and oil change warning lights illuminated after the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Lewis, KS, USA

problem #559

Feb 172016

Commander

  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving at any speed, the vehicle would stall without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The failure recurred twice. In addition, the ac/heater blower remained on. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 117,000.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #558

Oct 192015

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that after starting the vehicle, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system) however, the part 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 notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000. The consumer stated the dealer informed her, the part had arrived and scheduled an appointment for 02.26..16.

- Salem, VA, USA

problem #557

Jun 012015

Commander

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle would suddenly shut off. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced but the parts needed to repair the vehicle were not available. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #556

Jul 082014

Commander

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander 4X4. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. After restarting, the vehicle resumed normal operation. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system). Four days after the remedy repair, the failure recurred. The contact mentioned that the remedy was insufficient. The manufacturer was notified and denied to repair the vehicle free of charge the second time. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Waynesville, NC, USA

problem #555

Feb 082016

Commander

  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced a complete loss of power. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it could not be diagnosed or repaired. Prior to the failure, the vehicle was remedied under NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 08V203000 (power train), but the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was approximately 180,000.

- Sandusky, OH, USA

problem #554

Mar 012015

Commander

  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep commamder. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle would randomly shut off. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who replaced the ignition switch and lock cylinder, but the failure continued. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the ignition switch and the win module were both faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 106,000.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #553

Aug 032015

Commander

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

- Salem, NH, USA

problem #552

Dec 012015

Commander

  • 75,344 miles
Electrical was going haywire for a year prior to new ignition switch being replaced after recall. Things were fine for a couple of months and now the car has started doing the same thing. Lights flashing, stalling mutilple lights on at the same time ie: Engine, park assist, etc.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

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