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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,099 miles

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #28

Apr 042012


  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that all four of the door handles fractured and detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they advised that the door handles needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #27

Dec 012011

Commander 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Passenger door handle faulty/weak. Handle broken and cannot open door. All other door handles showing fatigue.

- Revere, MA, USA

problem #26

Jun 022011


  • 62,000 miles
Door handles, interior, are cheaper plastic than for child's toy car. Three out of four have shattered during normal use, the fourth is almost completely cracked. Vehicle cannot be opened to exit from inside. Imagine trying to get out in water, or other emergency situation. Have spoken to dealer, and Chrysler takes no responsibility for this defect. Serious and common issue.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #25

Mar 292012


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the front driver and passenger's side door handles failed. In addition, the instrument panel failed and the contact was not able to determine what speed he was traveling or the amount of gasoline fuel in the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised the contact that the instrument cluster needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 57,000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #24

Jan 192011


  • 65,000 miles
The door handle is cheap the plastic piece on three doors has fallen apart. This is a known problem - you are herein notified that failure to mandate a recall will put NHTSA as a liable party to any suit. Door will not open caused by inferior faulty design.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

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problem #23

Aug 012012


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the driver's side door handle failed. The entire door panel had to be replaced. The rear door handles also failed but was not replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and denied assistance with the repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 97,000 and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Lamesa , CA, USA

problem #22

Sep 282012

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 78,426 miles


I own a 2006 Jeep Commander with 78K miles and the driver front and passanger rear doors have shattered behind the handle causing the handle to become usless from the inside. I feel this is a safty issue as no one can exit the vehicle from those door in the event of an emergency. After doing a little research I have found that this problem is not a one time occurance and is happening more and more often. The cost to replace the whole door panel is well over $600 each and that from my understanding is the only fix to this little cheap piece of plastic breaking. Lets hope this is fixed before some one is hurt or killed.

- Leander, TX, USA

problem #21

Sep 052010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that after exiting the vehicle, the front driver side exterior door handle detached from the door. The contact stated that the remaining exterior door handles became detached on separate occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was repaired but the VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were unknown.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #20

Sep 012009

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
How many specific incident reports does the NHTSA need before they require Chrysler to explain their faulty/defective interior door handles? please review the high number of complaints that point to failure of the 2006 Jeep Commander's interior door handles and begin the process to require a safety recall. This is not a cosmetic issue. This is a safety issue. The plastic housing that holds the interior door handles is brittle, causing the handle to break, which renders the handle inoperable (from the inside). Occupants report having to roll down their window to unlatch the door from the outside. The shear number of complaints (both in your website and on various Jeep on-line forums) indicates that this is a major issue that can not be attributed to rough handling.

- Niceville, FL, USA

problem #19

Mar 142012

Commander 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
Safety issue concerning inoperable interior door handles on 2006 Jeep Commander. Over the past three months, all four interior door handle casings have broken making doors difficult or impossible to open from inside the vehicle.

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #18

Apr 232012

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 77,351 miles


Interior door panels(both front doors) at door handles the plastic around handles has cracked and fallen out making the door handle sometimes unstable to open the door. Concerned from a safety standpoint that at some point the doors will not be able to be open from the inside and could be trapped inside in case of an emergency and the option of powering down the window is not possible.

- Salisbury, NC, USA

problem #17

Dec 152011


  • 70,000 miles
2 plastic door handles broke.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #16

Jan 112012


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the front driver and passenger interior door handles fractured. In order to exit the vehicle the contact had to activate the power window to engage the exterior door handle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the driver and passenger door panels would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 58,000.

- Orlando , FL, USA

problem #15

Jul 202011


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that all of the interior door handles cracked and the front driver's door handle completely fractured from the interior. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The contact was informed that all of the door panels would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 76,000.

- Marysville, OH, USA

problem #14

May 042010


  • miles
When I bought my 2006 Jeep Commander from burns motors I did not notice that the driver door handle (plastic cup where handle goes) was cracked. Sure enough when my husband was driving he leaned his knee on the door and there was a loud pop and handle cup came off in about 3-4 pieces. I then noticed that the passenger door handle cup was also cracked, so within a few months it came off in several pieces too. Now with about 2 years with this vehicle, I have all 4 door handles broken. I have also gotten an estimate at the dealership when I took it for service and got an estimate of about 1,200 for 2 doors only. I have also check for parts online and you need to a door to get this piece which ranges from 600 to 1000 dollars for 1 door. Now I am starting to get very concerned for the safety issues since I have 3 kids and wouldn't even what to think, what would happen if I needed to get out in case of an emergency. I have also had my passenger companions find it very frustrating to open from outside or wait for someone to open door for them. There should be a safety recall since we are a lot of customers with the same issue and nothing has been done from Chrysler company. Thanks for taking the time to read my concern. Greatly appreciated and hope something gets done to help the many customers like me that are concern about their safety.

- Los Ebanos, TX, USA

problem #13

Dec 162011

Commander 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
A few months ago the interior door trim on the drivers side front door shattered around the door handle. The door handle still releases the door but you need to wiggle it around a bit and get it aligned properly before being able to open the door. Not driving the vehicle often and thinking it was just a small, easily replaced part I did not take it too seriously. It was only when I looked into it, realized it was the whole door panel and saw that so many other owners were having the same problem that I decided to report it. As a firefighter, and having responded to fatal car fires, I would hate to think of what may happen if someone was to be in an accident and had to get out of their vehicle quickly but couldn't because they could not afford to fix this issue which costs in excess of $500 per door.

- Lisbon Falls, ME, USA

problem #12

Oct 152011


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact noticed the front and rear driver and passenger side door handles were cracked. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics. The technician stated all four door panels would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #11

Jul 012009

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The driver and passenger side door handles have gradually cracked and fallen apart so that it is almost impossible to open the door from the inside of the car. This problem has only occurred on the front doors, not the back-seat doors and began gradually back in 2009 - 2010. It has gotten to the point where both handles are falling behind the panel and we are very careful when opening the door now and prohibit us from being able to easily open the front door(s). My family and I have used care when opening the doors and have never used excessive force over the past 4-5 years so there is no logical reason why they have broken the same way on both sides.`

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #10

Jul 232011

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The driver side door latch of our 2006 Jeep Commander 4X4 suffered a failure causing the door to not be able to be opened from the inside of the car posing a significant safety risk. The door latch is a plastic pull which is part of the one-piece molded plastic door panel. The plastic behind our door latch started to crack over time and upon a family member closing the door and the door panel coming in contact with the individual's leg, the door latch completely detached from the door panel causing it to float inside the door cavity. The door latch then fell apart and the only way to open the driver side door is to reach inside the hole in the cavity to find what the door latch was attached to. Having the door latch only secured to thin molded plastic of the door panel is a design which led to our safety failure and we are not the only individuals with this issue. Upon researching online, there are dozens of other individuals who have had one if not multiple door latch failures in early 2006 Jeep Commanders causing a safety risk. The issues occurs at various mileage points and often with little to no wear/tear and it appears dealerships are not consistently replacing these parts under warranty. One example of multiple people that have this issue can be found on the four pages of comments here: as the door panels and door latch appears to be either poorly engineered or poorly manufacturered leading to a safety risk, we wanted to submit this complaint form in hopes that this safety issue will be addressed, possibly as a recall. Thank you for your time.

- Revere, MA, USA

problem #9

Sep 192010


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the rear driver side interior door latch fractured one year ago and the dealer repaired it under warranty. Most recently, the passenger side door latch fractured. The manufacturer was contacted and a claim was filed. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Franklin, TX, USA

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