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

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #29

Dec 012014


  • miles


2006 Jeep Commander idling up on its own and engine made a loud noise. The dealer informed the consumer, the noise was normal for a hemi engine. The consumer was then informed, the problem was the throttle. Also when it rained, the consumer discovered water on the driver's side floor. The dealer was unable to find a leak.

- Wilson, NC, USA

problem #28

Oct 012009


  • 50,000 miles
Basically the door handle mechanisms disintegrated. The drivers side front and rear door plastic that surrounds the door handles broke into several small pieces and fell inside the door. I feel this is a danger because eventually the cable that opens the doors will break and I will not be able to open the doors. I have checked into having them repaired but it was very expensive due to the fact that the plastic around the handles is 1 piece with the rest of the plastic of the inside of the door. Also, although this is not a danger - the display screen for all the of electronics of the car, went black several years ago. I am unable to access a lot of the information about the car. We paid over $43,000 for the car - these things should not happen. The door handle really scares me. I have signed petitions to have this recalled as well as contacted the manufacturer. It seems to be a common problem with this car. Thank you

- Marion, NY, USA

problem #27

Aug 012014

Commander 8-cyl

  • miles
Water leaks into vehicle from door and sunroof.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #26

Jun 192014

Commander 8-cyl

  • 89,000 miles


This is not a safety issue. This is a complaint concerning a very well known issue (one for which I have read many other similar complaints) in which the carpet and floor mat for the drivers compartment of my Jeep Commander are saturated after a hard rain and I am not getting any sound coming out of my stereo (likely due to a short from the water). This appears to be due to a problem with a clogged drainage tube coming from my sunroof. I have had numerous other cars with sunroofs and have never experienced a similar problem. This would appear to be a manufacturing defect issue which should be addressed with a full recall from the manufacturer.

- Gurnee, IL, USA

problem #25

Dec 092013

Commander 8-cyl

  • miles
I opened my car driver's door one morning to find two inches of rainwater on the floor near the pedals. Unable to find the source, I put my Jeep Commander in the shop. I was charged for them fixing the leak that never got fixed. I have had everything checked out numerous times & no one can tell me how water gets in. However inconvenient, I am parking my car in parking garages every time it rains now, given there seems to be no other solution. In addition to the leak, my Commander's radio/stereo just stopped working. I can't get it to turn on or work & and am now experiencing electrical problems having to do with window controls. After researching my options I learned that too often these same exact problems appear for many if not most Commander owners. (I also reported a major problem with this car stalling in it's own complaint.) these problems need to be analyzed by real professionals & the Jeep Commander must be recalled.

- Metairie, LA, USA

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problem #24

Feb 082011

Commander 8-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
Two interior door handles, one at driver position and one rear seat passenger side door, have broken and fail to open the door without great manipulation. I fear for my safety or my passengers safety if I/they should need to exit the vehicle quickly. The doors do not open easily at all!!

- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #23

Dec 012008

Commander 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


Drivers side and passenger side interior panel has cracked and fallen apart around the handle.

- Weatherford, TX, USA

problem #22

Oct 012011


  • 60,000 miles
Out of the blue the whole radio/cd/navigation console went out! the radio still works, but only the preset stations and I can only control it from the steering wheel. Then I noticed that the air bag light(on instrument panel) is turning on and off and beeping each time. There have also been water issues coming from the sunroof, soaking the floor boards in mainly the passenger side but sometimes also the drivers side. This only happens when the vehicle is parked.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #21

Apr 022012


  • 60,000 miles
Driver side floor has had approx 1-2 inches of water after raining on multiple occasions. Local Jeep dealer said the sunroof drain was clogged. This has never happened while driving, only when the vehicle is parked. It's pretty pricey to have these drains unclogged and from reading all the other complaints about this same problem on edmunds, it is a consistent service that needs done. I am very frustrated because this sounds like a defect on Chrysler's part, but nothing has been done about it. When this water floods my floor it stinks in the vehicle. I also notice flies and gnats. I am afraid of mold, dry rot and electrical issues. My radio is going out and I believe the water has something to do with this. I never had problems with the radio until this started. The screen is no longer clear, the gps doesn't work, the uconnect hands free doesn't work properly anymore and the radio randomly changes stations on its own.

- Elkview, WV, USA

problem #20

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 #19

Jan 032011


  • miles


Water leak - left side header from visor to across top of door down driver side pillar, driver side & left rear floor soaked. Sunroof drainage tube at fault. Water leak damage has occurred twice in less than 1 year.

- Spring Valley, CA, USA

problem #18

Sep 302009

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Hi my Jeep Commander has been in garage most of the time one day it stayed out in the rain and all the water got in the driver side and the electrical system failed radio shut off and on same with the dashboard lights, headlights and interior lights the it would stay on dash service suspension system check gauges the check engine would com on the battery and the oil and the tire pressure and sometimes it wont start the other day it shut off while driving I have 4 kids and im afraid it could happen when they re with me and they could get hurt I called Chrysler and they take no responsibility for this problem I'm reporting this to the BBB and to the consumers affairs hopefully someone will help.

- Carmel, NY, USA

problem #17

Jan 012009


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled numerous times while driving 20 mph and the check engine light illuminated during the failures. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop, who stated that the failure was due to the PCM. An authorized dealer was notified and stated that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 08V203000 (power train: Automatic transmission: Control module (tcm, PCM)). The contact also stated that water penetrated the front passenger door handle and soaked the floor. The windows would also not roll up or down. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the current 70,000.

- Silver Spring , MD, USA

problem #16

Jun 222010


  • 68,048 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated when it rains the water leaked through the bars and the windows. The leak was in the driver and passenger side windows. The entire electrical system also failed including the speedometer and radio. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 68,048.

- Harvey, LA, USA

problem #15

Jan 012008


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that water was entering the vehicle from an unknown source. The contact was traveling approximately 60 mph when she first discovered the failure. The vehicle was taken to a private repair shop but was not diagnosed for the failure. The contact notified the manufacturer however, no remedy or assistance was offered. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 38,000. The current mileage was 87,000.

- Galveston, TX, USA

problem #14

May 212011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Faulty door panels and door handles on 2006 Jeep Commander, they break and crack easily there are hundreds of people on Jeep Commander with same issue.

- Marthasville, MO, USA

problem #13

Jul 072006


  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that water was entering the vehicle from the driver side front roof, where the dome light and handle was located on top of each other. The vehicle was taken to the dealer numerous times where they glued the area so that water would not come through and the sun roof was modified. The manufacturer was contacted who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 100 and the current mileage was 85,000.

- Belleair Beach, FL, USA

problem #12

Nov 282009

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 39,765 miles
Inside doors failing all four are cracked the driver side passenger does not open from the inside. If in an accident they might all fail and then no one will be able to exit the car, if a fire happens or we just need to get out for other reason. We will need to open windows, to open door from outside, which might not be possible if wrecked and windows fail. If replaced and defect is not fixed it dealers will not help and average price as $450 dollars per door. When we purchased the Jeep in 2008 we not informed of this problem. Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #11

Mar 102011


  • 73,321 miles
Cracked and broken door panel behind the door handle, both front doors panels, 5js891D1ag.

- Fort Polk, LA, USA

problem #10

Oct 152008


  • 38,000 miles
My 2006 Jeep Commander has had a number of defects. The most costly has been that it leaks when it rains or goes through a car wash. I have had the sunroof clean out and the problems "fixed" in September but it has begun leaking again. When the vehicle had 38,000 miles on it I had to have the bearings in the driverside front wheel replaced costing me over $300 dollars. My mechanics informed me that the vehicle was to young to be having this part replaced. I'm just currently waiting for something else to go bad on my "young" vehicle.

- Asheville, NC, USA

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