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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,767 miles

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2008 Jeep Commander drivetrain problems

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2008 Jeep Commander Owner Comments

problem #13

Sep 022015

Commander

  • 118,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Commander. While driving approximately 65 mph, a loud noise was coming from the front of the vehicle and the front driver side wheel suddenly seized. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who diagnosed that the transfer casing needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 118,000.

- Riverdale , MD, USA

problem #12

May 302014

Commander

  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Commander. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle lost power. In addition, the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to accelerate and the engine warning light illuminated. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V567000 (electrical system); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 119,000.

- Wakefield, MA, USA

problem #11

Mar 092015

Commander

  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while attempting to make a right turn, the vehicle lost power. In addition, the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to accelerate over 40 mph. The vehicle was towed to a dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V567000 (electrical system) however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 145,000.

- Troy, NY, USA

problem #10

Sep 192014

Commander 8-cyl

  • 70,100 miles

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

My wife was driving to work driving approximately 45mph when, engine sounded as if it were in fuel saver mode, she started up a slight grade and engine wouldn't accelerate nor the transmission down shift then the engine shut off with out any warning. She was able to pull over to the side of the road and put the car in park and restart the engine. As of today's date 10/02/2014 this has happened twice.

- Tunnel Hill, GA, USA

problem #9

Aug 012014

Commander 6-cyl

  • 62,670 miles
Driving on straight residential road at 35 mph. Abrupt power loss to vehicle occurred. Gas gauge went from half full to below empty. Difficult steering and braking. Vehicle coasted enough to make right hand turn into a side street. Stopped vehicle, removed key from ignition, put the key back in, and the vehicle started. Exact scenarios reported in the news. This vehicle is a 2008 model and is not subject to the recall that was recently announced whereby the recall year stopped at 2007..

- Shaker Heights, OH, USA

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problem #8

Jun 192013

Commander 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
The car starts on it's own without a key!! it does not have remote start, but I will be walking away from my parked shut off car or up in my kitchen and hear my car sounding like the pedal is down to the medal. It's not just running, it sounds like it is going to blow-up! it's happened 5 times, most recently 2 days ago. It sounds like somebody is racing the engine but it's in park and the car was off. Sometimes it's hours later, other times within 20 min of shut off. It scares me that it will start driving or catch fire in my garage!! the car literally turns itself on!! and it's not just electrical because the engine is running!! I has 65000 miles and started acting weird around 20000 when the electrical system would shut off while I was driving. Car would just shift down mid-drive. It was scaring me that my car's engine would shift itself down D/to the electrical systems. Now it's on and off on it's own!! please help!!

- San Diego , CA, USA

problem #7

Aug 172013

Commander

  • 55,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Commander 4X4. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked with the ignition running and the parking brake engaged when the vehicle independently shifted into reverse. The driver jumped out of the vehicle before it crashed into a waterway. The driver sustained a swollen ankle as a result. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was pulled out of the water and towed to a local dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed but was deemed as destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 55000.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #6

Jul 062013

Commander 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
I know now that im not the only one with this problem, my 2008 Jeep Commander looses power as im driving at a regular speed. I press the gas pedal and does nothing then I pull over to side of road try again, and it works again. After the 5th time I've been taking it to 3 different diagnose and repair shops but they cant find the problem but it still does it sometimes. I never had any problems with it before, I take it to get maintence my husband just bought new tires, new battery for it, and this happens.all im just asking is to please try and find out what the problem is and fix it because we have a 3 year old daughter and every time we go out, she gets scared thinking that the car in back of us is going to hit us. Please dont wait until something like that happens.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 302013

Commander

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while waiting at a traffic light, the transmission shifted into neutral independently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V175000 (electrical system/power train). The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was unknown.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #4

Jun 052012

Commander

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the vehicle lost power and all of the lights on the instrumental illuminated. In addition, the vehicle stalled while driving approximately 40 mph. The contact was able to restart the vehicle however, the vehicle would not accelerate over 30 mph. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to have a diagnostic performed. The approximate failure and current mileage was 75,000.

- Riverside , CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 292011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 36,203 miles

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

Engine stalls: Engine stalls randomly, at a light, around a corner, and even on freeway at 70 mph. Engine will not restart after a stall until the key has been removed from the ignition. I have had at least 15-20 stalls since I have owned the vehicle. Transmission jerks: This started in the last few months. Transmission disengages while driving down the road then suddenly reengages, jerking the car forward. Sometimes the car will continue ok, sometimes the engine will die. Electrical issues: Not a safety issue but maybe related, I have had numerous problems with my nav system going dark (won't display until engine restarted) - lost settings. Rear dvd has totally gone out. Dealer says there is a code for "lost communication with radio" due to an open short. Last incident: 04/11/2012 (51000 miles): On interstate 75 mph - took foot off the accelerator to slow down and felt like the engine had died (lost momentum and was coasting). I applied the gas and the RPM's O the engine increased but the car did not gain speed. Felt like transmission had disengaged. The car jerked forward like the transmission reengaged. Momentum was returned for about 1 second then disengaged again. The second time, the engine died and I had to coast to the side of the interstate. Car restarted and I was able to continue down the road. After driving for another 3 hours, the "service 4WD" message came up on the display. Pulled to the side of the road, turned the car off and back on, same message came up. Continued driving to my destination - message cleared. After the car sat in the parking lot for several hours, went back out and started it, the message was gone and has not reappeared. Dealer had car 6 days - there are no codes in the system. They can not duplicate issue. Vehicle dying on freeway is very dangerous and I have small children, please investigate.

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 192011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
2008 Jeep Commander, 4.7L flexfuel, bought new in 12/08, has worked flawlessly for four years and 66,000 miles until now. The vehicle will stall out at any speed, from low 30mph to highway speeds. Requires that the car be safely pulled to the side of the road, transmission placed in park and key turned off and then on again. No prior indication of stall - it simply 'quits'. no evic messages or dash warning lights. The Jeep has been meticulously maintained and not abused or neglected. This is an intermittent problem, that to date, has occurred five times since it began about five weeks ago. Just prior to stalling the drive train will quickly and violently shutter leading me to believe the transmission is doing something it shouldn't do. I have not yet brought this to Chrysler since from reading other posts Chrysler has no idea what to do. I have been fortunate so far in being able to safely pull over but fear that one day I may be in a perilous situation. My family has all Jeep (91 Cherokee, 06 gr. Cherokee, and 08 Commander) and love them. This does not bode well for buying a new Jeep in the future.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #1

Sep 012011

Commander

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Commander. While driving 45 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled without warning. She pulled to the side of the road and was able to restart the vehicle and drive as normal. The dealer made two attempts to duplicate the failure but to no avail. The manufacturer was not notified nor was the vehicle repaired. The current and the failure mileages were 20,000.

- Warren, OH, USA

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