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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:
52,428 miles

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2006 Jeep Commander electrical problems

electrical problem

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 1 of 29)

problem #563

Mar 012015

Commander

  • 110,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 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
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

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

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

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

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

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 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

problem #551

Dec 082015

Commander

  • 89,150 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. 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 failure. The failure mileage was 89,150. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Ft Wainwright, AK, USA

problem #550

Jan 162016

Commander

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. When the vehicle was in reverse, it stalled without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact also stated that the vehicle was taken for routine service and the technician replaced the ignition switch. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Maybee, MI, USA

problem #549

Jan 022016

Commander

  • 126,000 miles
This is in response to the recall for the ignition switch on my 2006 Jeep Commander. My vehicle has had the ignition switch replaced at the dealership but you should know that the replacement does not cure the problems that it was meant to fix. The work was completed at 9:30am and the next time I drove that day, it did the same exact shutdown as it did before (with all lights on the dash flashing).the stalling and shutdown does not occur because of hitting the key with your leg as I am only 5'4" and my leg doesn't touch the ignition. The shutdown occurs because of a short somewhere inside the ignition. It occurs randomly and sometimes can be stopped by lightly turning the key to the left. I have also found that the shutdown occurs at extreme frequency when driving in heavy rain or extremely slushy roads, which tells me that somewhere, something is getting wet and shorting the vehicle out. It is very hard to get the lights to stop flashing in this type of weather and I have had to pull over a couple times because of the danger of stalling in traffic. I am stuck with this dangerous vehicle because of my financial situation and have fought for something to be done about it by the dealer starting 20 days after I bought it but of course nothing was done until the government got involved and sadly it still hasn't cured the problem. I hope you receive more complaints and make the dealership correct the problem the right way.thank you for your time, tracy L.field

- Clarence Center, NY, USA

problem #548

Oct 272015

Commander

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 10 mph, the power steering seized and the instrument panel lights illuminated. 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 failure. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Austin, MN, USA

problem #547

Aug 052013

Commander

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system) and was unable to get the part to receive the repair for an extended period of time. The manufacturer was unable to provide a reasonable time frame to provide the part to the dealer to receive the recall repair. The contact was unable to determine when the vehicle would be repaired. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Canfield, OH, USA

problem #546

Aug 072015

Commander

  • 190,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving various speeds, especially uphill, the vehicle would independently shift into neutral. The contact also stated that the vehicle would not go into 4-lo and the transfer case warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transfer case failed and the software needed to be updated. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V175000 (electrical system, power train). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 190,000.

- Sultan, WA, USA

problem #545

Sep 032014

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 exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Part distribution disconnect.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #544

Nov 242015

Commander

  • 70,000 miles
Had issues with faulty ignition switch authorized Jeep dealer replaced with a new switch but not the new switch that is to be a per ant fix for your recall14V-438 because they could not get the revised switch from factory basically replaced it with a new switch that was still recalled was told to fill out claim form and send it to Chrysler which I did along with invoice from Chrysler winona stamped (paid) got a call from Chrysler saying that the paid invoice was not enough and they wanted a couple of my cancelled check sent to them I'm not comfortable sending a check with my info on it to Chrysler for anyone to see the Chrysler claim # [xxx] thank you [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Rollingstone, MN, USA

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