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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:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 2
Average Mileage:
60,603 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #49

Nov 262014


  • 95,802 miles


While attempting to get on the highway the Jeep lost power at approximately 35mph from the on ramp on to the right lane of the freeway. All the lights shut off, all the gauges shut down, and the vehicle began to slow down. It lasted approximately 4-5 seconds, and after stepping on the accelerator, the Jeep re-engaged and was able to be driven to a safe destination. The Jeep is under recall P41 for ignition switch issues, which may or may not be causing the issues, but the parts are not available from Chrysler. The parts have not been manufactured and/or distributed. It is possible the vehicle has a bad control module. The recall for faulty control modules was issued Sept. 21, 2014 but this make and model was not covered in that recall... although it seems likely it is having similar issues.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #48

Oct 242014


  • 137,880 miles
As I driving down the highway I can be going between 40-60 mph and if I let off the gas and just coast and then give it gas again its like it is in neutral and it continues to do this until the car is going 20 mph or under and it is very dangerous it has caused me to almost have several wrecks and I have 5 kids which were with me in the car each time this has happened to me something needs to be done!

- Cadet, MO, USA

problem #47

Nov 132014


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated when the cruise control was activated, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The contact had quickly engaged the brake pedal to decelerate and disengaged the cruise control. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer had not been notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Wilminington, NM, USA

problem #46

Jul 262014


  • 115,000 miles


While traveling on an expressway in central Michigan, I was using the cruise control to maintain a speed of 75 mph. With no warning at all, the mechanical components of the vehicle shut down, leaving my Jeep "dead in the highway". I was able to steer and brake, but the vehicle would not respond to acceleration by pressing the gas pedal. I pulled off to the shoulder, luckily without incident. Turned the key to the "off" position and waited about 10 seconds. I turned the key to the "on" position and it started back up. I cautiously drove at a considerably slower speed until I was able to get to a rest stop. When I got to my destination I found a local auto parts store and had them do a diagnostic check. It showed a maf sensor gone bad. Mass air flow sensor was replaced. Hoping that was the issue, after several days, my family and I headed back home on the other side of the state. While driving about 60 mph with cruise control, there were no issues. I figured the problem was fixed. Unfortunately, I was wrong. As I reached the highway where the speed limit is 70 mph, I accelerated to 70 mph with the cruise control. As soon as I broke the 70 mph point, the car mechanically stalled again as I was trying to merge onto the busy highway. Again, luckily, I made it safely to the shoulder and restarted. I was able to exceed 70 mph on the way home without using the cruise control. Concerned for my pregnant wife, toddler son, and my own safety, as this happened on a busy highway at a high rate of speed; with no warning lights or sounds.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #45

Sep 012014


  • miles
Vehicle seem to loose power while cruising at or around 45 mph or when engages 4th gear. RPM's drop really quick from 3500 to almost 1500 RPM's in matters of second. Increasing the risk of a rear end collision if trying to overtake another vehicle or driving up hill, dealer can't find problem. Problems happens every time under any weather condition.

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #44

May 142014


  • miles
While I was driving on the highway I had my cruise control set at 55 mph as I came into a 35 mph zone I had tapped my breaks and then came to a red light where I had to stop, when the light turned green I then turned on state route 348 where the speed limit is back to 55 when I pushed the button to resume, my 06 Jeep Commander accelerated to a very high speed as if I pushed the peddle to the floor. When I pushed the break it then turned the cruise control off, luckily there were no cars in front of me or I would have crashed into the rear of their vehicle at a high rate of speed. At this point I cannot use my cruise control because this happens every time I try (note: I always make sure there is no cars in front of me).

- Otway, OH, USA

problem #43

Jul 062013


  • 78,000 miles


Hello, my 2006 Jeep Commander started stalling out over a year ago and has stalled on me on and off various times at different speeds but usually at a higher rate of speed, which has been very scary. I have chosen not to drive the vehicle anymore and now it is sitting in my driveway and I am driving a 1991 Honda because I cannot afford to buy a new car at this time. I just paid this Jeep off and now I cannot drive the vehicle. The dealer fixed the one recall on the vehicle called the front control module and it ran fine for a couple of weeks and now once again the car stalled out while I was headed to a camping trip with my kids a couple months ago going 50 mph and almost caused an accident. I was almost hit by a semi and several cars were honking and trying to avoid my Jeep. I lose all power steering and there are no notifications that the car will stall so it is very scary and dangerous for me and my children. I am so upset that I cannot drive the car and feel safe. I have contacted Jeep and they have a recall for 2006 Jeep Commanders that covers up to January 2006 and my vehicle was made in March so they told me there is nothing they can do. The recall was for the PCM which my car has the same code on the diagnosis but now they are telling me to take it to the dealer and I have to pay for this. I really hope that this situation can be resolved by Jeep stepping up and taking care of this issue for the safety of people.

- New Carlisle , OH, USA

problem #42

Jul 172014


  • 85,670 miles
Was driving the vehicle first noticed the electric mirrors turned upward and unable to correct. Then the left window went down and moves up or down at random. The electric door locks became inoperative from driver side. The warning gauges started to go off and on and display started to flash different problems with the vehicle. While driving the next day the cruise control went off and everything started flashing this has happened several times and have put the vehicle in the shop. I have a video that I took while driving

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #41

Aug 132013


  • 73,000 miles
Car turned itself off, ignition switch problem, maybe software.has stalled on many occasions. Has had software checked by dealer and there is no other fix, they say. Is this part of the ignition switch recall problem with ignition switch? thank you!

- Brier, WA, USA

problem #40

May 262014


  • 93,986 miles
All the light on my dash board have been flickering on and off for the past two months. It does not seem to affect my engine however it will completely take all gauges to zero while I am driving. I drove it last night and when it happened it killed my all my lights. I can hear a clicking sound when the flickering happens. It doesn't click continiously but enough to make me very uneasy.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #39

May 272014

Commander 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles


The speed control accelerated and kicked into overdrive. It jumped from 65 to 80 in just a matter of seconds. I had to hit the brake and turn of the speed control. It now does it all the time when the cruise control is engaged.

- Banner Elk, NC, USA

problem #38

Nov 012013


  • 80,000 miles
This vehicle has numerous recalls related to all the problems our Jeep has. There is 0 recall for our VIN. The vehicle surges when driving up hills. The car won't start sometimes because the shifter control thinks it is in drive when it is in park. The cruise control does not work and the 4 wheel drive kicks in when driving at high speeds and jumps the car.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #37

Feb 042014

Commander 6-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
At around or about the speed of 55 mph, I here a loud and scary thumping or grinding sound under the car. It sounds like its right underneath my seat. I immediately got off the expressway and slowed down. That seemed to help the sound go away.when I drive to work in the morning, I only drive 35 mph and I can here the sound also and when I let off the accelerator the sound stops, but continues when I press on the gas. Pls notify me as soon as possible with any helpful information as I do drive with little children in the vehicle. I will take the car to the Jeep dealer to get checked out. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Westmont, IL, USA

problem #36

Feb 122014

Commander 8-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Engine idles when stopped and sometimes the Jeep lunges forward. Lights on dash come on intermittently. Tires keep needing replaced even when getting the Jeep continually balanced and rotated. They wear down on the outer rim of front tires only. Have to keep getting new batteries because vehicle keeps dying. I have had more problems with this vehicle since I bought it new in 2006 than I have had with a car in a lifetime. Interior power stations don't work, passenger window will not close or open at times. Some times the horn will just start going off. I keep receiving recall notices almost yearly. Jeep needs to recall this vehicle. It has been a lemon from the second I brought it home.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #35

Mar 112014

Commander 8-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
While driving the Commander at various speeds everything suddenly turns off. Acceleration is immediately decreased and all dashboard functions are gone. I have to shift to neutral and re-start the engine, all while still driving. This is very dangerous. I have had this car for 2 months.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #34

Jan 012013

Commander 8-cyl

  • 98,300 miles
Would driving like 25 mph the car stops and engine shot off also light coming on the inside and the air conditioned it does T work low you have to put it always until high the way it can start working also problem with the engine making a noise like rcrccrcrcrcrcrccrc like the manifold or exhaust problems this car is sooo weird I already took it to the private mechanic and they can T do anything cause the manufactured problems.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #33

Dec 182013

Commander 6-cyl

  • 80,095 miles
I was stopped at an intersection. When I proceeded to go across the intersection, the vehicle started going but very slowly no matter how much I pressed the accelerator and there were cars coming at me. It drove very slowly for a couple of blocks and I came to another stop. As I started to go into the intersection again, the vehicle started off very slowly even with the accelerator to the floor. As I proceeded it went a little faster but not much faster. My daughter informed me that this same thing happened to her earlier when she was driving the Jeep and she turned it off and she cut it off completely then restarted it and it ran fine. I proceeded to do the same thing(cutting it off completely and turning it back on) and it ran well again. When I took it to the dealership, they sad that they were unable to duplicate the same problem and can not fix what they can't find.

- Temple, TX, USA

problem #32

Oct 012013

Commander 6-cyl

  • 73,168 miles
I purchased my car in July, 2012, it is now Oct, 2013, and I have had numerous problems with the Jeep, for starters the lights and dash board lights keep flickering on an off by themselves, and now Jeep won't pick up speed at times and the engine light came on, I took it to the dealer and they stated that it was a shift module problem that would cost 997. Well I took it from the shop and a week later brought it back and they then stated that they would have to take the transmission apart and clean it because it might be debris that is on it, well later they call me to say that it was the transmission I need a new one and for that it will cost me 2900....there was a recall on this same type of problem back in 2008, could it be that I purchased this vehicle and they never had this problem fixed"?"

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #31

Sep 242013


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle suddenly accelerated independently. The contact also mentioned that the brakes seized and would not immediately release. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the mechanic stated that there were no recalls. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000. The current mileage was 96,000.

- West Covina, CA, USA

problem #30

Jul 022013


  • 65,000 miles
I was driving and when I accelerated the car seemed very sluggish and hesitant to switch gears. As I approached the stop light and came to a stop I noticed the car stalled. So I turned it off and restarted it. This has happen twice now that the car has just stalled. I have now noticed that since this incident my car has been idling rough and has been vary sluggish while driving, especially up hills. I am worried for my safety that this will happen again while I am driving.

- Woodstock, IL, USA

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