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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,309 miles

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2008 Jeep Commander Owner Comments

problem #9

Apr 032012

Commander 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


My 2008 Jeep Commander overland edition has been stalling out and jumping. It started with dying when I would come to a stop at a stop sign or red light. I would put it in park and it would crank back up. It then graduated to "jumping" while I was driving down the interstate at 60+ mph. It would jump as if it came out of gear, but then kick back in and continue as if nothing was wrong. It has now started jumping like that and dying while driving at 60+ mph. It jumps, then dies and we lose power steering. It is very scary and very dangerous. Thankfully I have been able to pull over to the side of the road and put it in park and it start rights back up. I have taken the Jeep into the dealership and other mechanics. I am always told that there are no warnings that show up in the computer and they cannot duplicate the issue, so there is nothing they can do. I am afraid that this will cause an accident and possible serious injury before anything is done about this. I have researched this online and discovered that many people have had the same issue, but no one seems to know the cause. I also noticed there was a recall on 1338 Jeep because some part was causing them to stall out. When I called Chrysler, they told me that my Jeep was not included in the recall. I find it strange that my Jeep is having the same issue, but I am being told that the recall doesn't affect me. I need to know what is causing this issue with my car and would like to find out before anyone is seriously hurt.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #8

Apr 292011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 36,203 miles
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 #7

Mar 222012

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact had taken the vehicle to the dealer twice and had been informed that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. The failure mileage was 52,000 and the current mileage was 53,000. Updated 06/06/12 the consumer stated that the vehicle randomly stalled while slowing down, accelerating, or when the brake was applied. She was informed the reason for the stalling was unknown since there were no codes. She also had electrical problems involving the windows and sunroof. The windows/sunroof opened/closed unprompted. Updated 06/07/12

- Mount Sinia, NY, USA

problem #6

Nov 192011


  • 83,500 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Commander. The contact was driving 60 mph when the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle but it was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was notified of the failure who advised that there were no recalls for the failure and offered no further assistance. The failure mileage was 83,500.

- Centerville, MN, USA

problem #5

Sep 062011


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Commander. While approaching a stop at approximately 5 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnostics. The mechanic was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Moriarty, NM, USA

problem #4

Apr 152011


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Commander. While the contact was driving approximately 45 mph, the engine stalled without prior warning. The engine restarted within a few minutes. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing and they were unable to detect a trouble code or duplicate the failure. The vehicle remained with the dealer for further investigation. The manufacturer was made aware of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000.

- Statesboro, GA, USA

problem #3

Jul 262010


  • 62,001 miles


My adult children's 2008 Jeep Commander engine has quit running, while they are driving, eight times in the past 4 months. (7/26/2010 thru 11/26/2010). The last time the engine quit running my son was driving the car, he was able to restart the engine with the car in drive (turning the key multiple times). They have had many issues with warning lights flickering and/or staying on. They have taken the Jeep to waldorf Chrysler Jeep dealer 8 times due to engine failure. They have repaired module wiring, replaced the starter and turned the core, performed routine check up and maintenance, run/start circuit repaired, throttle and gasket repaired/replaced twice, currently in the repair shop. Dealer would only provide rental car if the kids paid for it. Also took the Jeep to Dodge dealership in waldorf 8/2010, they could not find a problem.

- Bahama, NC, USA

problem #2

Jun 092009


  • 21,075 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Commander. The contact was driving 40 mph when the vehicle lost power abnormally and decelerated to 20 mph. The etc and esp warning lights were illuminated. The failure persisted intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer numerous times. The dealer replaced the throttle body assembly twice and the computer was reset but to no avail. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer but the mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 21,075 and the current mileage was 34,400.

- Boulder , CO, USA

problem #1

Sep 282008


  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Commander. While driving between 5-25 mph, the engine jerked when the gears were shifted. The dealer performed a diagnostic and found multiple failures with the vehicle. The manufacturer will be notified. The contact felt that the vehicle was unsafe to drive because it could cause the vehicle to shut off while driving at a high rate of speed. The VIN was unknown. The current mileage was 16,800 and failure mileage was 16,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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