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.

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:
5 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,838 miles

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 5 of 9)

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problem #93

Jan 012007

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While making right and left turns at 39 mph, the vehicle stalls intermittently. The vehicle will be taken to the dealer for a diagnosis. The VIN was unknown. The current mileage was 18,000 and failure mileage was 5,000.

- Spring Hill , TN, USA

problem #92

Feb 022008

Commander

  • miles
There is a 4/07 NHTSA investigation into 2006-7 Jeep Commanders' intermittent and persistent engine stalling problems - supposedly in response to 76 complaints. NHTSA really needs to read its own complaints about this problem, which can be found not only in the Commander line but also in 2005-2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee. There are hundreds of complaints on the internet (jeepforum.com, usenet news, etc.) about Jeep vehicles stalling, besides the Commander. I fear that even if Chrysler is finally forced to address the problem under this investigation, they will simply point to the "2006-7 Commanders" portion of the settlement and completely ignore the exact same problem in other years and other models of Jeep. They cannot be allowed to continue waving off their customers, who paid for their products in good faith, and now are not being supported. They need to be forced to acknowledge and rectify this very wide spread problem immediately, before their negligence gets someone killed. Unfortunately, we lowly consumers have little to no power over a giant like Chrysler. That is why we need organizations like the NHTSA to help us. NHTSA, please review your other complaints under the Jeep brand and expand your investigation as appropriate. Anyone else with a Jeep that keeps stalling, please continue to post your complaints here and anywhere else you can find. These stalling problems need to be fixed, and Chrysler needs to take ownership of this dangerous issue immediately.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #91

Oct 112007

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,700 miles
I bought the car used and within the first two weeks it stalled in a parking lot. Then it jerks when I leave my house in the morning all the way down the hill. They said it needed a couple parts and it didn't resolve that issue. Then the car stalled while driving twice more with my child in the car once I could barely get off the road. Then it just tried to stop while I was driving and I had to rev the engine unbelievably to get it to the side of the road. I brought it to two dealers who couldn't find the problem or duplicate it. They put in a new starter anyway. They told me to not hit the ignition with my knee. Then the car stalled again this afternoon driving about 10 miles per hour. So it doesn't matter what the speed is.

- Uxbridge, MA, USA

problem #90

Feb 232008

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Engine shaking violently, consistently stalling at low rpms. Slow to start, have to turn key for several seconds.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #89

Jan 312008

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,502 miles
My vehicle's engine unexpectedly shuts off while I'm driving. The first time it happened while I was driving over 50 mph, that scared me because I lost my power steering and it was hard to control my vehicle. The other thing is that once it shuts off, the vehicle won't let you restart on the fly, you have to come to a complete stop, put the vehicle in park and restart your engine. That can be potentially dangerous on the freeway.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #88

Jan 242008

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
Jeep Commander. This is the 2nd report I have made. On January 24, 2008 my Jeep Commander had another engine stall. The third time I the last 5 months this has happened. I cannot locate my original complaint to you, but I wanted to file this again anyway.

- Newtown, CT, USA

problem #87

Jan 042008

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,500 miles

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

My Jeep stalls without warning - loss of power steering and other power. This tends to happen mid-turn and has happened several times since I purchased the vehicle. Although we have complained to technicians/service managers at dealership, no corrective action has been taken as they say the "computers don't indicate a stall." Most recent incident date reported below.

- Grapevine, TX, USA

problem #86

Jan 072008

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
At low speeds my 2006 Jeep Commander stalls, steering is lost and on inclines even rolls backwards. This began happening in July 2007 with approximately 30,000 miles. It has happened no less than 20 times since. The dealership can not replicate the problem and no codes are present to detect the issue. To rectify the stalling, I must turn off the car and turn it back on. It restarts immediately.

- Libertyville, IL, USA

problem #85

Dec 262007

Commander

  • miles
Stalling while driving; loss of all lighting systems and power.

- Uxbridge, MA, USA

problem #84

Dec 012007

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Cruising at highway speeds Jeep Commander shuts off completely. Luckily drivers have been able to steer out of traffic. This has also been observed at lower speeds.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #83

Dec 272007

Commander 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

My husband and myself own a 2006 Jeep Commander. We have been experiancing shifting problems which progressed to electrical problems which have unfortunately progressed to one, complete engine or system failure. I lost all electrical, my engine, everything!!!! it was a complete stall out that took 4 times of trying to start it before it worked again. I have had it into the dealer repeatedly with different parts replaced each time, but it's still a mystery as to what is causing this dangerous problem.

- Golden Valley, AZ, USA

problem #82

Dec 102007

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,500 miles
My 2006 Jeep Commander stalls for no reason. Some times low idle other times and 60 mph. Three times my wife has run off the road because of the stalling and once it died while crossing traffic. It has stalled over fifty times, dealer cannot reproduce the event and the computer records no coded.

- Big Stone Gap, VA, USA

problem #81

May 282007

Commander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 700 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving at any speed, the vehicle stalled sporadically without warning and caused a crash. The contact took her vehicle to the dealer on several occasions, but they could not duplicate the failure. On one occasion, the engine light illuminated, but the dealer could not provide an explanation. When the vehicle stalls, it usually restarts after a brief waiting period; however, it failed to restart after the crash. The manufacturer would not provide any assistance. A police report was filed and the contact has a copy. The failure mileage was 700 and current mileage was 30,201.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #80

Jul 142006

Commander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The vehicle has stalled while driving 25 or 60 mph. There were no warning lights before the failure occurred. The contact stated that the failure could not be duplicated when taken to the dealership again on Dec 17, 2007. The current mileage was 20,200 and failure mileage was 1. updated 03-05-08

- Hudson, NH, USA

problem #79

Oct 302007

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
I own a Jeep Commander with a 3.7 V6 engine 2006 4X4. I have had issues with stalling and idling. I have taken it to the dealer on a couple of times and they cannot fix the problem. The stalling happened about 1 - 2 time per week in traffic and stop lights. The current mileage is 12,000 and failure mileage was 7,000.this issue was reported to dcx on 10/30/07 (case no. 103007).

- Hidalgo, TX, USA

problem #78

Dec 052007

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,122 miles
November 24 evening leaving fuji (children in car) November 30 morning on way to work ? hit mailbox (baby in car) December 5 morning on way to work ? dies turning out of subdivision and stalls in middle of street (baby in car) there was one other instance when I had all kids with me?it was prior to Nov 24 but I do not recall the actual date all of the instances the engine stalled, the lights (when on) went out, I lost the ability to steer and brake as well. The mph ranged from 4 or 5 mph to 35 mph. There were times when it was warm and days that it was cold. Nothing seemed to standout as a possible "trigger" I took car to dealer after the November 24th incident. Tony in the service department said there was really nothing that they could do unless it was a problem they could "make happen" when they drove it. A few days later I wrecked into a mailbox when my Jeep stalled and I lost steering and braking capability....I am lucky it was not head on with a large truck or a tree.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #77

Dec 032007

Commander 8-cyl

  • miles
2006 Jeep Commander with brake and engine failure. Consumer states that she has been in 3 accidents due to the engine stalling and the brakes failing. She states she wants a refund or another vehicle. The consumer did not state if the accidents resulted in serious crash that caused any damaged.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #76

Aug 102007

Commander

  • miles
Incident of engine stall while driving in model year (my) 2006 through 2007 Jeep Commander vehicles (subject vehicles). Engine stall with a simultaneous loss of some or all lighting systems, including headlamps. The engine stall happened several times.

- Mayaguez, PR, USA

problem #75

Nov 202007

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
Vehicle continued stalling while is driven a low RPM. More the 25 times. Vehicle was bought with 15, 200 miles. Vehicle has now 52, 300. Everytime is taken to service the problem was mention to the dealer technician but they can't find the problem. Nov 20, 2007 I scratched the left rear fender of the vehicle with a tree while backing up. The vehicle lost power vehicle rolled back and stopped. Resting on the side of the tree. Pictures were taken of the damages on the vehicle. Dealers technician states no problem with the vehicle. Second problem backup system. Assists the driver to move the vehicle safely, one sensor failed from the bumper mount. Two months dealer has not repair the vehicle yet. Need to replaced the entire bumper to repaired one sensor.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #74

Nov 232007

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
2006 4.7L, 4X4 Jeep Commander stopped running for no apparent reason when driving at slow speed on a secondary road. After pulling over and putting on hazards tried restarting engine successfully.

- Swansea, IL, USA

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