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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:
60,474 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.

2006 Jeep Commander engine problems

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #56

Jul 072015


  • 114,000 miles


I was driving down the hwy and my vehicle turned off. I lost power steering breaks and was not able to properly maintain control of my vehicle in order to avoid an accident. This had happened twice before this time, and I looked to see that there was a recall on my Jeep for an ingition switch and the the exact discription of what would happen if my car was effected fit my situation. I then called Jeep and advised them of this and they said I neeeded to have it diagnoised by a Jeep dealership. I had the vehicle towed at my expensense and rented a car at my expense. The dealership confirmed my assumption and in fact the issue I was experiencing is part of the recall. Jeep now tells me they don't have the parts and they have not made a decision on whether it's neccessary to provide a replacement vehicle until they have a resolve. Am I supposed to be without a vehicle or potentially drive mine with 3 children, and potentially loose power again causing a loss of control" what I am supposed to do from here"

- University Place , WA, USA

problem #55

Jun 172015


  • 119,000 miles
Was driving on highway and car went in to manual mode to neutral and will not come out of 3rd gear

- Hudson, NH, USA

problem #54

Feb 072015


  • miles
While driving the car shut off. No speed or power steering. This occurred on a busy road and a crash was avoided. I have called Chrysler and was told the recall parts are still unavailable.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #53

Jan 022013


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the park assist warning light illuminated and the vehicle suddenly failed to accelerate. In addition, the gauges failed. The contact also stated that the vehicle stalled on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system) was received in July 2014. The dealer and the manufacturer were contacted on multiple occasions and was informed that the part was not available. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Collinsville , IL, USA

problem #52

Aug 152014


  • 113,999 miles
Bought this Commander 08/02/14, about two weeks after driving it. It started dropping out of gear and and getting stuck in 3rd gear. And when driving on the highway it would completely shut down, I sent it back to where I bought it. For them to fix the proble being I havent even made my first car payment. And the gave me a run around for two weeks saying they was waiting on parts. Then said they had it and had my Jeep for almost 4 weeks. Before getting my Jeep. Now its 01/02/15 and its doing it again. I cant make it back and forth to work. Or get my kids. With my Jeep stuck in third gear and dieing for no reason.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #51

Dec 012014


  • miles
2006 Jeep Commander idling up on its own and engine made a loud noise. The dealer informed the consumer, the noise was normal for a hemi engine. The consumer was then informed, the problem was the throttle. Also when it rained, the consumer discovered water on the driver's side floor. The dealer was unable to find a leak.

- Wilson, NC, USA

problem #50

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 #49

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 #48

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 #47

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 #46

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 #45

May 142014

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • 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 brakes 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 #44

Aug 162014

Commander 6-cyl

  • miles
Driving my Jeep Commander from topeka, ks to manhattan, ks drove on the high way when accelerated the vehicle began to jerk and or began a rocking motion. The vehicle jerked or rocked every so often not consistent but very randomly did not notice a pattern. The vehicle did not drive well and felt very unsafe to drive on the high way.

- Topeka, KS, 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

Commander 8-cyl

  • 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

Commander 8-cyl

  • 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

Commander 8-cyl

  • 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 continuously 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

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