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2006 Jeep Commander (Page 8 of 9)

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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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,838 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.

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 8 of 9)

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problem #33

Sep 202006

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I have a 2006 Jeep Commander that I purchased in Sept. 2006 since I have owned the car 2 times the engine has shut off while driving on the lie interstate 495 at speeds over 50mph. A very dangerous situation...

- East Patchogue, NY, USA

problem #32

May 012007

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
I own a 2006 Jeep Commander and the vehicle has stalled on numerous occasions while slowing to a stop. The stalling started around 4,000 miles. There are currently 9,000 miles on the vehicle. I have taken the vehicle to the twice in the past month and they are unable to duplicate the problem. On 4/24/07 they updated the PCM but the issue still exists. The vehicle last stalled on 5/1/07 while slowing to stop at a stop sign.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #31

Apr 202007

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,550 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep comander. While driving 25 mph the engine stalled and he lost power steering control. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The mechanic stated that he was familiar with this failure. The mileage was 15,000 at the time of purchase. The failure mileage was 15550, and the current mileage was 15900.

- Seaford, DE, USA

problem #30

Apr 302006


  • miles


When making hard turns my 2006 Jeep Commander will occasionally try to stall. Pressing the gas pedal down slowly, the engine acts like it is trying to stall, and speed does not increase. My example & definition of a hard turn: You're a car or two from a red light. Light turns green, you accelerate 20 feet or so and make a 90 degree turn. Happens on average at least once a month. Dealer says they "are aware of problems, but have no fix from Jeep". have heard this for a year.

- Levittown, PA, USA

problem #29

Apr 182007

Commander 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 40 mph on 04/17/2007 the engine failed; however, the contact was able to restart it. The engine also failed while he was sitting at a traffic light. The vehicle stalled 5 times within a 3 mile radius. The vehicle was towed and the Jeep dealer stated that the failure was a software problem. The current and failure mileage were 6000. The dealer information is unavailable at this time.

- Fernandina Beach, FL, USA

problem #28

Apr 052007

Commander 16-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,500 miles
While driving in speeds ranging from 5 mph to 20 mph the Jeep Commander has stalled. The stalling happened about 2 - 3 time per month in traffic and stop lights. The dealership said they were not familiar with this problem, and they would not be able to assist me unless they could replicate the problem. They have not been able to fix the problem so far.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #27

Mar 282007

Commander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 300 miles


1) 2006 Jeep Commander began stalling just weeks after purchasing it. The vehicle has stalled about 10 times in 12 months. 2) the vehicle completely stalls while driving (usually while in the process of slowing down), or when coming to stop or when beginning to go. This has happened in parking lots, intersections, as well as driving on busy roads. Luckily the cars behind put on their brakes before rear-ending my car. However, the result could easily be an accident - which I am trying to prevent. 3) brought the vehicle two times to the dealership where it was purchased. I was told that while they and Chrysler are aware, they have not come up with a fix for the problem because they do not know what is causing it. I also called Chrysler's customer service number and was told that I had to get a second opinion but there was nothing else they could do because the problem has not been diagnosed.

- Evans, GA, USA

problem #26

Mar 142007

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,850 miles
My 2006 Jeep Commander (4.7 liter) constantly stalls and hesitates and the dealer keeps telling me they can't find anything wrong but there are hundreds of complaints online about the same thing and I want to know why this has not been recalled. Also the third row seat belts seem to have a problem.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #25

Jan 142007

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
We purchased a Jeep Commander 4X4 4.7L 10/06. We love the car, but have experienced the stalling problem 5 times so far- 3 times while the vehicle was slowing down to turn and 2 times while the vehicle was in motion on a highway. I bring it to a dealer each time it happens and I am told the diagnostic recording device and it doesn't tell them anything. The dealer ship says "they can replicate the problem" the 5 time it happened I googled "Jeep Commander stalling" and found that many others have this same problem. I called Chrysler to complain and got no response. One of the posts on carspace.com suggested complaining to you.

- Havertown, PA, USA

problem #24

Feb 282007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2006 4.7 V8 Jeep Commander has had multiple problems, the most severe being 3 (out of 7) inoperable seatbelts and sporadic stalling of the vehicle. The first 8 - 10 times the vehicle stalled (went dead), I was at a stopped position attempting to accelerate. The most recent incident happened as I was driving in traffic. I lost all power steering and brakes when the vehicle died. I was going up a slight incline which assisted me in stopping and I put the vehicle in neutral and restarted. I have refused to drive the vehicle since that time out of safety concerns for my children and for others on the road. The dealership has attempted to correct the problem on 4 occasions - nothing has worked. The Chrysler corporation refuses to buy-back the vehicle because the dealership has not duplicated the problem in the shop. I have witnesses to the occurrences and have documented each time it has happened.

- Pearl, MS, USA

problem #23

Feb 052007

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


When drive my 2006 Jeep Commander the engine has stalled while I was driving.

- Helena, AL, USA

problem #22

Oct 062006

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
- the contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving at 15 mph and approaching a stop sign the vehicle lost power. After attempting to accelerate and move forward the vehicle stalled intermittently. The failure mileage was 6,000. The current mileage was 14446. The failure occurred 7 times.

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

problem #21

Jan 252007


  • miles
Engine stalled in slow speed turn in middle of turn lane.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #20

Jan 272007

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
- the contact called regarding a 2006 Jeep Commander, while driving 35 mph the vehicle lost power without any warnings. The vehicle restarted easily. The contact took the vehicle to DaimlerChrysler dealer on 1/31/07 for a diagnosis. This will be the third stalling failure. The road conditions were wet once and dry on two occasions. The contact called daimler Chrysler dealer when the vehicle stalled before, and was told it may have been bad gasoline. During the second incident the power steering and power brakes failed. Updated 03/13/07.

- Jamison, PA, USA

problem #19

Dec 272006

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
On several occasions, my 2006 Jeep Commander has completely shutdown when I am driving at very low speeds in traffic or when I come to stop at a light. The vehicle starts immediately again once it is put back into neutral or park but it happens too often and I believe it is hazardous. I took the vehicle to my local dealer for an engine diagnosis on 27dec06 and there is still not a code in the system for repair of this problem but I see many complaints about the same problem by other owners. What is the status of this problem?

- White Plains, MD, USA

problem #18

Dec 112006

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,400 miles
2006 Jeep Commander stalls at low speeds. This includes pulling out into busy intersections and other traffic areas. The car just stops producing power and shuts off. It restarts just fine.

- Ashland, KY, USA

problem #17

Dec 142006

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,700 miles
Vehicle engine stalls while in operation, causing power assisted system failure (ie brakes and steering).

- San Marcos, TX, USA

problem #16

Dec 112006


  • miles
"06" Jeep Commander with under 5K miles will "shut down" while I am driving. It does not appear to be speed related. The lights will shut off as will the engine, power steering and power brakes, as well as all auxiliary equipment (radio and such). It is presently at the dealership for the second time as they were not able to define the source of the problem upon initial inspection.

- Akron, NY, USA

problem #15

Dec 112006

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,100 miles
2006 Jeep Commander 4.7 V8 stalled in traffic during normal usage. While slowing the Commander for a stop the engine cut out and all power equipment was disabled. Ie. power steering, power braking, etc... this happened twice and is very unsafe.

- Baldwin, NY, USA

problem #14

Oct 022006

Commander 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was driving my 2006 Jeep Commander 4X4 4.7L during a thunderstorm and drove through about a foot to a foot and a half of water and wound up blowing my engine. Other SUVS in the area made it through the water with no problem but mine died in the water. I was told that the air intake on the vehicle is low, just below the front bumper. This is a "trail rated" vehicle which is boasted to perform well in "water fording". Chrysler refuses to cover under warranty, stating the damage to my vehicle was not due to mechanical defect, that it was my fault for driving through water and the vehicle was not driven as intended. If this is the case Jeep should never have "trail rated" this vehicle. It may not have been mechanical defect, but it sure is design defect.

- Lombard, IL, USA

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