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:
53,727 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Jeep Commander electrical problems

electrical problem

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 1 of 31)

problem #603

Dec 262016

Commander

  • 74,000 miles

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

Problem with ignition switch causes dash not to work and car not to be able to start most of time. Key does not stay in proper position in ignition. Vehicle is stationary and in motion when this happens while driving on city streets.

- Cooper City, FL, USA

problem #602

Dec 122016

Commander

  • miles
2006 Jeep Commander 4X4 dies at low speed. Almost caused accident on freeway. Had the ignition recall taken care of. Hoping that it was the problem. It was not... now trying to sell vehicle and don't want to cuz I would have to have someone else get hurt. In that death trap the Jeep now sits in my side yard my wife refuses to drive it. I'm looking for any ideas on what to do? please help

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #601

Dec 142016

Commander

  • miles
My vehicle stalls and cuts off when stopped at stop signs and traffic lights. The engine also shakes and acts as if it wants to die while driving. I took my vehicle in for recalls after I left the service center it once again cut off at the first stop light I came to.

- Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #600

Jul 202016

Commander

  • miles

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

For the passed 3 years our vehicle has switched gears from drive to 3rd gear, while driving. The vehicle jolts and changes gear for a few months and returns back to normal. We continue to use it at 3rd gear. There is no way to change it back to drive mannually. We've taken it in to auto shops and the symptoms return.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #599

Nov 082016

Commander

  • miles
The vehicle stalls in motion on both residential and highway and loses power steering. Cruise control once you set it acceleration occurs on its own this occurred on the highway. Ignition bumps out of the on position into accessory or off on it's own.

- Terrell, TX, USA

problem #598

Jul 162016

Commander

  • 180,588 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The failure recurred two times and the vehicle was able to restart. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was 180,588.

- Storm Lake, IA, USA

problem #597

Oct 052016

Commander

  • miles

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

My car will not start. This has happened several times before, and there has been no explanation as to why this happens.

- Hyannis, MA, USA

problem #596

Sep 272016

Commander

  • 60,000 miles
Seat belt warning chime continually sounds when front driver or passenger seat belts are latched, the seats are occupied, and the vehicle is in motion.

- Grapevine, TX, USA

problem #595

Jan 012015

Commander

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. On several occasions, the vehicle stalled after it was started. The contact was able to restart the vehicle after several attempts. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transfer actuator, nuid pump, and purge solenoid needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #594

Jan 012010

Commander

  • miles
This recall has been since 2014. I am a little afraid to drive this Jeep for fear it will quit while driving. Other people have already had an accident so how long do we have to wait for a fix. It can also cause the airbags to deploy so that's a real problem. Either fix what U have instead of making more vehicle or buy them back

- Sinks Grove, WV, USA

problem #593

Sep 032016

Commander

  • 85,000 miles

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

2006 Jeep Commander randomly will not start. Battery tests fine...took it to the dealer and paid over $400 and the replaced the starter and yellow solinoid cable which brings power to the starter. Still will not start occasionally. The dash lights up, but the engine doesn't turn over...wait 5 minutes and it may start at other times it won't. very frustrating, because it is random...may go a week starting fine, and then suddenly it won't start. Sometimes this happens first thing in the morning, sometimes only after short 5 minute trips to the store, and sometimes after long trips. Also, I already had the ignition switch replaced due to recall.

- Morganton, NC, USA

problem #592

Jul 232016

Commander

  • 135,000 miles
The ac/heater control until has a short when you push the breaks it goes off. Plus it has affected my nav/radio system. I am afraid that my vwhicle is going to catch on fire. You can hit a bump while driving and it will work. The nav/radio system will turn on when it wants but as soon as you put the vehicle in reverse or tap the breaks it goes off. Sometimes it smells like burnt plastic on the control panel where the ac/heater is located. I have spoke with the local Jeep dealership near me. They will not look at it without wanting to charge me an outrageous prices. This is not my fault and the local dealership is acting like I made a mistake and tore up my vehicle. I can get no answer out of them.

- Decatur, AL, USA

problem #591

Aug 132014

Commander

  • 80,000 miles
All the electrical components go off and on I.e. A/C, lights on the dashboard and radio then causes the breaks to stop working, while driving! the car keeps stalling out especially while driving and in park!!!

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #590

May 312016

Commander

  • 123,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 40 mph, the turn signals failed to illuminate. In addition the meters and gauges displayed incorrect readings and multiple warning lights illuminated intermittently. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and multiple dealers who were unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 123,000.

- Neenah, WI, USA

problem #589

Sep 022015

Commander

  • miles
I received recalls P73 and P41 called sorg Dodge in goshen and downey Chrysler Jeep in nappanee in Sept of 2015 needless to say no one will do the recall work. I have had nothing but the run around since these came out. What am I suppose to do??

- Elkhart, IN, USA

problem #588

Jun 122014

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 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 contact had not experienced a failure. The VIN was not provided.

- Medford, NY, USA

problem #587

Jan 012016

Commander

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system); however, the parts for the recall repair were not available. 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 failure mileage was 150,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Bellevue, OH, USA

problem #586

Jun 192016

Commander

  • 137,000 miles
I have a 2006 Jeep Commander 4.7. last month after coming home from another state, the car parked for several days while I was out of town it would not crank when I went to start it... just the clicking sound. My boyfriend jumped it and it overheated his cable. Then it happened after sitting just overnight, same scenario. I did not leave anything on like lights, etc. I had the battery checked and it was fine. It began to happen more frequently (several nights in a row). Took it into a dealer and he replaced a few parts but nothing changed. Then the battery started draining after sitting for 15 minutes with the ignition off. Took it to a friend who's an auto mechanic, he said something was discharging from somewhere.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #585

Jul 182016

Commander

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system: Ignition); 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 not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #584

Jul 072016

Commander

  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was coasted to the side of the road. The contact was able to resume driving. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 13V175000 (electrical system, power train) and 14V438000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 103,000.

- Mobile, AL, USA

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