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:
33,681 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 (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #9

Jan 012006

Commander 4WD

  • miles


My 2006 Commander with 40,000 miles has had the following problems since it came off the lot. The vehicle stalls and I obviously lose power and steering but there are no error messages in the computer, the 4WD does not engage - the warning light for that comes on but there's no error message in the computer. The window's roll up and down incorrectly - the gasket on the exhaust manifold has been replaced and the kicker of all problems is when the vehicle goes through a minor puddle of water or the automatic car wash the steering wheel locks completely until the water is gone - try driving that in the rain - Jeep was finally able to duplicate that problem by putting a garden hose under the car and squirting water on the underside of the vehicle - this problem apparently cannot be fixed and they can't believe that no other Jeep owner's aren't throwing fits. So much for the lemon law - the steering problem wasn't taken seriously by the previous Jeep dealers -I went to a different dealer altogether however, it's too late.

- Canonsburg, PA, USA

problem #8

Jan 282008

Commander 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
2006 Jeep Commander the ignition key is located at knee height and perpendicular to the dash. I have accidentally turned off the car while driving at least three times. This occurs when moving the right knee side to side. Because the key is horizontally located it rotates with little force if striking the dangling keys with the knee. A proper design would be having the ignition on the steering column, or having a slight superior angle to the key ignition. This is easily reproduced on all Commander vehicles.

- Stuart, FL, USA

problem #7

Nov 202007

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
Vehicle continued stalling while is driven a low RPM. More the 25 times. Vehicle was bought with 15, 200 miles. Vehicle has now 52, 300. Everytime is taken to service the problem was mention to the dealer technician but they can't find the problem. Nov 20, 2007 I scratched the left rear fender of the vehicle with a tree while backing up. The vehicle lost power vehicle rolled back and stopped. Resting on the side of the tree. Pictures were taken of the damages on the vehicle. Dealers technician states no problem with the vehicle. Second problem backup system. Assists the driver to move the vehicle safely, one sensor failed from the bumper mount. Two months dealer has not repair the vehicle yet. Need to replaced the entire bumper to repaired one sensor.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #6

Aug 182007

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,368 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the entire vehicle was flooded with water. The water appeared to have originated from the handrails located on both sides of the windshield. The water leaked into the side of the instrument panel and the speakers. The dealer replaced the amplifier in the rear of the vehicle due to the extensive water damage. The engine size, powertrain, and a valid VIN were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 7,368.

- Moore, OK, USA

problem #5

Aug 102007

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Sunroof and windshield has leak which caused water damage to my vehicle. I took my vehicle in with all the other defects that are now be discovered with this vehicle and the service people told me it was my fault for not cleaning the tubes near the sunroof. After servicing the Jeep the service department discovered the problem still existed. This seems to be an ongoing problem so I now hired an attorney who is very familiar with these problems and has settled numerous settlements for all these defects.

- Universal City, TX, USA

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problem #4

Feb 232006

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Windshield isn't sealed properly which causes a loud whistling noise while driving. Dealer could not fix problem. Further more, the seal problem seems to make the windshield more sensitive to being damaged.

- Universal City, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 122006

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54 miles


Purchased new 2006 limited model. Windshield leaks, causing water to stand in front floorboards. Returned to dealer twice for repair. Initially the windshield was re-sealed. Second fix was replacement of door gasket.

- Glasgow, KY, USA

problem #2

Aug 262006

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,900 miles
Water leak from front windshield which wets the A-frame inside as well as the carpets in the front. Along with this, there is a loud whistling noise that comes from the windshield at 50 mi or higher speed. This is dangerous since it seems there is a gap between the windshield and the frame. The water damage could be happening for months, while the Jeep was in the dealer lot too.

- Long Valley, NJ, 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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