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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,950 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

problem #5

Jan 102014


  • 110,000 miles


I have had my 2006 Jeep Commander for a year and in that time period I have had a consistent problem. When I am driving the vehicle I will randomly lose power to the instrument panel, windows, windshield wipers and almost everything electrical. The engine will continue to run but if it happens at night I lose interior lights dash lights I can't see how fast I am going due to the panel not working. I have had it to the mechanic and he insists it has something to do with the ignition switch. I know a recall has been issued for a separate ignition problem but after reading online and seeing many other reports just like mine I, believe there is another issue to be handled. This problem is also making it impossible to get the vehicle inspected because when it acts up it cause the check engine light to come on and has to be reset. Then before all sensors have reset it occurs again. I have spent a small fortune is gas trying to get lucky to be able to pass inspection.

- Connelly Springs, NC, USA

problem #4

Nov 152013

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 53,879 miles
While driving - usually at night and at all speeds my headlights will flicker like a strobe light and then go off completely, including the interior lights as well indicating my speed, etc.. sometimes I can use my high beams to at least be able to see, however, even sometimes this does not work. Very, very dangerous to not be able to see or be seen at night in random places on the freeway, in the city, etc....please someone help - dealer states that they have no clue as to what the problem might be!! another problem, I have been dealing with, is the air conditioner in the vehicle will stop and not blow any air. I took it to the dealership and they stated that they did not have the part to fix my car. On top of that they gave me a piece of my car that apparently fell off, while they were inspecting it"?!!?" they told me it was not their fault and that it is a faulty piece called the housing which is part of the inlet housing and that it would cost $1,156.38 to fix. Unbelievable!

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Sep 012006


  • 200 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the driver's side sun visor was a defective and blocked the visibility of the roadway. As a result, the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle. There were no injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who advised the contact that there was nothing they could do to change the sun visor design. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The sun visor was not replaced. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 200 and the current mileage 63,000.

- Miami , FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 282012


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while at a complete stop, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the wiring in the starter would have to be replaced. Additionally, the exterior lighting intermittently failed and the front driver side window intermittently failed while being opened or closed. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Mattapan, MA, USA

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