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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,086 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 #3

Jun 272015


  • 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 #2

Jan 132014

Commander 8-cyl

  • 130,972 miles
I took my car to the recall to get the reflash in may of last year. When the winter came I tried using my 4 wheel drive and the "service 4 wheel drive" error. Fix this!

- Mount Clemens, MI, USA

problem #1

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:

- Orlando, FL, USA

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