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:
57,335 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 #7

Sep 272016


  • 60,000 miles


Seat belt warning chime continually sounds when front driver or passenger seat belts are latched, the seats are occupied, and the vehicle is in motion.

- Grapevine, TX, USA

problem #6

Sep 132014


  • 90,000 miles
My daughters were in the 3rd row seating when they went to buckle their seatbelts and they would not click in. They were both broken and would not stay attached. The plastic casing is falling off of them and they are not safe. The 3rd row right seat would not fold down. The latch that should be pulled would not engage and now the seat will not fold down. Lastly, the drivers side interior door handle crumbled inward and is not able to be used to open the door. I took my car to the dealer and they stated that it was my problem as it is not covered under the extended care warranty I purchased for $2500 and I would have to pay $700 for the door handle and $300 for seat belts and $100 for the seat to fold. I explained that the above was all safety issues and should be fixed by manufacturers and they said that it wasn't covered. I even told them that I saw the recalls and they told me that it wasn't for my Jeep. This needs to be fixed by the manufacturer and considered a recall.

- Loudonville , NY, USA

problem #5

Oct 122012

Commander 6-cyl

  • 72,143 miles
When attempting to move my child's car seat to the 2nd row driver side outboard, the car seat is unable to be installed properly. Our britax marathon car seat cannot be moved from the center position to an outboard position because the head rests on the 2nd row seat tilt forward and cannot be removed. With two children in the car I will be forced to move my older child to a less stable and less safe backless booster seat, so that I can put my second child in the infant seat in the center position. Had I known this at the time of purchase I would not have purchased this vehicle. Jeep has had many complaints but does not offer a solution or seem to care about child safety. Manually removing the head rest by disassembling the seat may leave 8" posts exposed, also not safe for children.

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #4

Nov 302011


  • 75,000 miles


Electrical dash board blinks while driving, driver's seat moves while driving, when it rains the driver's floor is soaked with water and passenger side floor is wet as well, vehicle jerks while driving. Indication lights pops on dashboard sporadically, radio and navigation doesn't work.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Dec 302009

Commander 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. When she attempted to install the safety seat in the forward facing position, she noticed that the vehicles rear seats head rest tilted forward;which does not allow the safety seat to rest against the seats back. She could not remove the head rests or push them backward; therefore the safety seat could tilt over if there was an accident. She contacted the manufacturer. A representative stated that this was how the seats head rest was designed and that there was nothing they could do to assist with the installation of her safety seat. She was advised to file a complaint with NHTSA. The safety seat was a como manufactured by recaro she did not have the model number. The current and the failure mileages were 65,000. Updated 02/17/10

- Baltimore , MD, USA

problem #2

Dec 202008


  • 38,000 miles
Leaking coolant- water pump in 2006 Commander needed to be replaced at 38,000 miles. I have also had problems with the fabric seats staining.

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

problem #1

Jul 192006

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,200 miles
: the contact stated there was rust on the base of the front seat. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who declared all Jeep Commanders rust in that manner and did not provide any solution to correct the problem. The manufacturer was contacted and no solution was provided. The weatherstrip on the right rear door did not fit properly and the trim around the radio did not fit as well. Updated 08/21/06.

- Portage, IN, USA

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