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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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,094 miles

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #25

Jun 012015

Commander

  • 100,000 miles

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

3 of 4 door handles now broken - serious safety issue.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #24

Jun 272015

Commander

  • 79,286 miles
After a few minutes car will shut off. Im at a stop sign it shuts off, I am yielding to oncoming traffic it shuts off. The vehicle revs up in park.

- Gastonia, NC, USA

problem #23

Jun 092013

Commander

  • miles
Driver and passenger door handles. Both handles have snapped causing the flimsy plastic panel to break. This requires the entire panel be changed. Very expensive and dangerous makes opening these doors very difficult.

- Ciales, PR, USA

problem #22

Jun 092015

Commander

  • 129,000 miles

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

Recall notice back in Sept. Still no status. How long does it take for a safety recall. One life to many I'm guessing. Another issue to look at is the door handle issue. If an accident did occur how would you get out?

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #21

May 132015

Commander

  • 115,000 miles
Transmission over temp warning came across the dashboard and continued after truck was turned off and back on. Coolant and temps levels are normal. Warning has continued to come on past couple days at 60 degree weather with no reasoning as to why. No electrical failures or other problems exist.

- Merrimack , NH, USA

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problem #20

Mar 022015

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
I received a recall notification many months ago on my Jeep, but I continue to call my local dealer for a replacement of this part - to which they continue to tell me the part if not available. Can you tell me when this part if going to be available? once a recall is issued, a part to repair the recall should be available.

- Weatherford, OK, USA

problem #19

May 012013

Commander

  • 90,000 miles

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

The interior door handles are broken. You cannot open the doors from the inside. If inside the vehicle you have to roll down the window to open the door. The doors and handles have not been abused, and have only been subjected to normal everyday use.

- Paducah, KY, USA

problem #18

Apr 272012

Commander 8-cyl

  • 700,280 miles
My vehicle stalls out, without warning. The first time it happened, I was attempting to accelerate from a stopped position. Also, have experience the identical problem while turning and or on a highway.

- Glassboro, NJ, USA

problem #17

Feb 012010

Commander 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Apparently there is/was a defect in either the design or production of the door handle assembly in the 2006 Jeep Commanders. The plastic housing which contains the door opening mechanism becomes too brittle and cracks rendering the opening mechanism inoperable. On my Commander all but one door is affected. At the moment, only two out of the four doors work, the front-side passenger and the driver-side rear. If this vehicle was in an accident in which there was a need to exit quickly (fire or water), the lives of my family would be in extreme jeopardy. I posted a video on youtube, and have heard from many other with the same issue. Chrysler Jeep produced approximately 80,000 of these vehicles in 2006. I truly believe there are thousands of there Jeep Commanders on the road with this same issue. In fact the condition is so prevalent; one company is producing an after-market repair kit. Please see my video at the following link: www.youtube.com/watch?V=ffq0oki7zjy.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #16

Apr 012011

Commander

  • 74,152 miles
There is a major design flaw with the inner door handles on my 2006 Jeep Commander. I know Jeep changed the design in 2008 due to this problem. The housing and hinge are made entirely of plastic and are very brittle. After a few years of use the plastic starts to crack then break away and the inner handle will not function. This poor design in itself should be a $10 fix but unfortunately in order to replace the handle you are forced to replace the entire inner door panel. Why is my family potentially being put in harms way for a part that could be easily improved to prevent failure?

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #15

May 142012

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 65,878 miles

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

Vehicle stalls. Approximately 2 years ago vehicle was doing the same thing. Replaced the map sensor. Now it is doing it again. Jeep has a recall but it is only the 2006 Commander built in certain plants.

- Islip , NY, USA

problem #14

Mar 282012

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Stalled while driving.

- Sheboygan Falls, WI, USA

problem #13

Dec 302011

Commander 6-cyl

  • miles
All interior door handles are cracked and 2 of them aren't operable and myself and kids can't get out of the Jeep with getting help from an outside person to open the door.

- Corpus Christi , TX, USA

problem #12

Aug 272011

Commander 8-cyl

  • 55,550 miles
Purchased 2006 Jeep Commander on 8/20/11 and I do not drive it on a daily. However, after driving for less than an hour on 8/27/11 the dash lit up with the message "transmission over temp", after googling I noticed the transmission message is a common problem in Jeep vehicles, mainly Commanders. I also read that after several "transmission over temp" messages the vehicle will stall, a couple of people reported it doing so in the middle of heavy traffic flow. Also, after stalling the car will not restart until it's left sitting for hours. Some have let their Jeep sit for 4 days before getting it to restart and others for weeks/months. About a month later it rained for the 1st time since I've had the Jeep and I noticed the handrail, located top left above passenger side, was dripping onto the dashboard and the floor was wet as well. Googled the water incident and found hundreds of complaints regarding wet front interior after rain (in Jeep Commanders, various years). Some complained of mold growth and stated there seems to be no solution to the problems; mechanics are stumped at both wet interiors after rain and "transmission over temp" message. Both incidents have made me a bit nervous since I have a 10 year old riding with me majority of the time. I've contacted the Jeep corporation and Jeep asked me to contact NHTSA. Not sure what steps to take at this point.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #11

Sep 252011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 2 miles
I have a 06 Jeep Commander that has been completely shutting down while I'm driving. The rpms go up over 3 and 4 and the gears shifts from high to low. And also my engine light comes on and stays on.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #10

Sep 162011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
The interior door handles on 2006-2007 Jeep Commanders fail when the plastic holding the handle to the door panel breaks, this could lead to not being able to exit the vehicle from the inside in an emergency.

- Madison, MS, USA

problem #9

Jun 052011

Commander

  • 51,500 miles
Drivers side interior door handle has broken. I went to exit my 2006 Jeep Commander and the plastic behind the door handle broke away from the door panel and I couldn't open the door. I had to exit the vehicle from the passenger side. I am thankful that it wasn't an emergency situation like a fire! this should be a recall! very dangerous!

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #8

Aug 012010

Commander

  • 64,000 miles
I purchased the 2006 Commander in June 2010. The first 6 weeks I had the vehicle I loved it. The first incident I had with the vehicle was the service park assist warning came on and stayed on for two days, then went off on its own prior to getting an appointment to have it checked. The next incident happened when I was idling in traffic at a stoplight. Every indicator light on the dash came on and the vehicle started to stall but did not completely stall out. Since that episode I have had issues with the driver side front window and passenger side rear window not functioning properly (at times won't roll up or down from either control). More recently I have had increasing episodes (two to three times per month) of the dash lighting up, headlights dimming and the vehicle losing power (so far always while parked or shifting from park to drive), as well as the service park assist warning and window issues. After hearing of a coworker with a 2007 Commander having some of the same issues I began searching the internet and have found numerous complaints of the same issues as mine. I am afraid to drive this vehicle with my children inside in the event that it would stall out on the highway and I would not be able to control it. I spoke with the dealer that sold me the vehicle yesterday and they have agreed to look at it free of charge this morning since there is no warranty on it now, but I still am not sure I want to keep this vehicle any longer. Chrysler needs to recall these vehicles and fix this issue. I used to be a die hard Jeep fan...but no longer! I am surprised that I have not found any reports of death or serious injury as a result of these electrical issues with this particular model.

- Spencer, WV, USA

problem #7

Jun 152008

Commander

  • 37,000 miles
While opening the right rear passenger door of my 2006 Jeep Commander the inside door handle broke, this prevented the passenger from exiting the vehicle. I contacted the Jeep dealer and they informed me that they did not have any issues relating to the door handle. I removed the door panel and made the necessary repairs. Two months later the left rear handle broke and then the right front passenger handle broke. I made repairs to both of those handles as well. Last month the right rear handle has broken again, I have did a temporary repair on the handle. My fears are that if I was to get in some type of accident where the passenger(s) would have to exit the vehicle in a hurry that the handles will fail and the passenger(s) will not be able to exit the vehicle in a timely manner and could result in the passenger(s) being trapped inside the vehicle. There should be some type of safety recall.

- Plant City, FL, USA

problem #6

Jun 152008

Commander

  • 37,000 miles
While opening the right rear passenger door of my 2006 Jeep Commander the inside door handle broke, this prevented the passenger from exiting the vehicle. I contacted the Jeep dealer and they informed me that they did not have any issues relating to the door handle. I removed the door panel and made the necessary repairs. Two months later the left rear handle broke and then the right front passenger handle broke. I made repairs to both of those handles as well. Last month the right rear handle has broken again, I have did a temporary repair on the handle. My fears are that if I was to get in some type of accident where the passenger(s) would have to exit the vehicle in a hurry that the handles will fail and the passenger(s) will not be able to exit the vehicle in a timely manner and could result in the passenger(s) being trapped inside the vehicle. There should be some type of safety recall.

- Plant City, FL, USA

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