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:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,823 miles

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2006 Jeep Commander body / paint problems

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #4

Apr 152006


  • miles


Windshield easily cracks. Door handles is wobbly and then cracks and falls out of panel.

- Rosenberg, TX, USA

problem #3

Apr 132009


  • 47,000 miles
2006 Jeep Commander 3 out of 4 interior door handles broken due to poor design in my opinion. Was told by the dealer it was caused by abuse or normal wear and tear. Both rear doors and the drivers door are broken the rear doors are hardly ever used so it isn't from wear and tear or abuse. Im afraid if in a collision I would not be able to open the doors from the inside if I had to get out in a hurry.from looking at forums on the web im finding out it is a wide spread problem. In order to correct the problem each door panel must be replaced. Chrysler has not redesigned the handles so in a couple of years they will have the same problem.

- Coconut Creek , FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 232007


  • 35,000 miles
Doors leak rust on the hinges now, knocking sound in the engine, be driving down the road all of sudden the Jeep will not shift all gears are lit up have to stop shut down for 5 to 10 min. Then will be ok been in the shop 10 times told I had electric lifters put a piece of weather strip in the door to fix leak they say rust is normal reset the transmission and a leak on it replaced motors to power windows still don't work right.

- South Pekin, IL, USA

problem #1

Nov 152006

Commander 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
I purchased a 2006 Jeep Commander last year. I have had the following items replaced on my Jeep front passenger interior door panel. Strange noise coming from my car that sounded like playing cards in bike tires ended with replacing front axel ring and pinion. Car kept popping out of gear the entire gear shift was replaced. My passenger window had to be fixed it kept sticking halfway up. I had a problem where my car kept stalling. I was told the first time that no error appears on the computer and Jeep knew of no issue with cars stalling so maybe it was bad gas. It died several more times and finally they did replace a part inside the idol. I also had an issue where my headlights kept turning off as I drove or would flash on and off. They replaced the headlight switch. I have had the rubber stripping from my back driver side window come off and now it is occurring on the passenger side. From the beginning I have told them I do not feel my transmission is working properly that it shifts hard and when I shift from reverse to drive there is a big hesitation. I have been told no error is appearing on computer and that Jeep as usual has no known issues so they had no suggestions. Once again they thought it was a gas issue moving from winter to summer blend. The last time I had it in when it was stalling I told them it the transmission was still hesitating and would make a pop noise at times then it would go. It is still occurring and at times the car acts like it might not shift into drive. I am satisfied with how my dealership is working with me they are doing their best to help me. I blame Jeep/Chrysler all you have to do is search the web to see that there are so many others just like me with the exact same issue. They need to recall these cars now and if they can not find the problem then replace them for us.

- Wyoming, IL, USA

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