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:
34,015 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 #11

Jul 242009

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles


Problems began 1 day after Commander went in to dealer for the regular 3,000mile oil change, that car was returned to me after that oil change, as 'good to go'; w/in 24 hours of that oil change, the Commander would not start and required a new starter (30K miles). After the starter was replaced, the Commander was stalling if - in the middle of a slight incline it had to brake and then resume - at the resume it would stall. Also, after starter replaced dashboard lights blinking; transmission cooler lines leaking, power steering line from pump to cooler leaking, and front and back brake rotors had to be replaced (42K miles) 60K miles, the cruise control turns on by itself and the rear park assist turns off by itself; the water leak into front passenger well. Speaking with custom relations at Chrysler corporate regarding cruise control, rear assist and water leak problems they told me that they were not aware of these being a problem for most Commander customers; however, Chrysler Jeep is aware of these problems as evidenced by the technical service bulletins published on them yet Chrysler Jeep does not issue a recall/take fiscal responsibility for their manufacturer defects. More: Chrysler Jeep expects me to pay them to diagnose the problems so that then so long as I have paid a dealer to repair them they will consider (not necessarily approve; in the past they have in fact denied me reimbusement to fix these problems for which they have technical service bulletins on) refunding me total or partial cost of repairs. More: I was only informed of a safety recall regarding ebc module (brake) when I called in last week (12/2011) regarding the water leak & cruise control problem. Making this more poignant, the reason for this recall - that I was not notified about when it was first issued- is a brake issue that I had detailed to Chrysler Jeep in 2009!

- New York, NY, USA

problem #10

Sep 222011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 54,284 miles
While driving, the instrument panel began flashing all the warning lights several times for a period of 5 minutes. The warning lights that stayed on afterwards: Traction control and electronic stability program and bsp. This could have caused a crash because I was distracted by the malfunction.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #9

Sep 102011


  • 75,225 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the brakes failed and were able to be depressed into the floorboard abnormally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics but the contact was advised that there were no failures with the brakes. There were no repairs performed. The failure mileage was 75,225.

- Thibidouex, LA, USA

problem #8

Oct 242009


  • 32,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the vehicle was experiencing numerous electrical failures. The lights on the instrument panel and the dome light would stop illuminating intermittently, and the vehicle would stall while driving at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to duplicate the failure. The contact was also informed that a previous owner replaced the wiring harness, but the failures continued. In addition to the electrical failures, the contact also stated that a grinding noise could be heard coming from the brakes whenever they were applied. The failure mileage was 32,000 and the current mileage was 68,000.

- Beford, TX, USA

problem #7

Apr 282011

Commander 8-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
I was driving 25 miles and hit a bump. Noise starting coming from under the middle row seat. Checked under the car, could see no issues. Brought it to 2 mechanics could not see problem. Drove car everything was fine until hit a bump and the noise starting again. Brought it back to the mechanic and could not see or here problem. Called Chrysler and was told that this is a common occurrence and that the brake cable falls down and hits the differential and the drive shaft. I asked if this was a recall issue and they said no that I would have to cover repairs. Contacted Jeep dealer and it is going to be $350 for repair. I believe this should be a safety recall as if it continues to happen brakes can fail.

- Fitchburg, MA, USA

problem #6

Jul 172008


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated there was an abnormal squeal coming from the brakes when depressed. The failure would occur whenever the vehicle was operated yet more noticeable once the vehicle was driven several miles. The vehicle was taken to the dealer three times and the dealer applied an unknown chemical to the brakes but to no avail. The contact previously had new brake parts installed but it did not remedy the failure. The manufacturer advised someone would contact her in regards to the failure. The contact was awaiting a return call. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 40,000 and the current mileage was approximately 64,000.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #5

Sep 302009


  • 40,000 miles


The recirculation assembly on my 2006 Jeep Commander keeps on braking. I have had it replaced two times within the last 6 months, and this morning, I went to turn on the heat, and I heard it snap again. When it brakes, air comes into the cabin of the car no matter what the position of your A/C or heat controls. Even if you have them off, air still comes in since the recirculation door is broken. I cannot be the only one experiencing this issue.

- Plainview, NY, USA

problem #4

May 232008


  • 16,000 miles
I bought a Jeep comander in may of 2008, two days later I had to have what was supposed to be a really great new car towed on a rollback to the dealer I had just gotten it from. Im driving down the road and it starts making a terrible noise and then it will not turn and just dies in the middle of the road. Right in the middle of an intersection with traffic coming at me. Since then the same thing happened again as I was driving down the interstate with my children in the car and traffic all around.I drove it straight to the dealership, and also had them tell me it was the driver of the vehicle. I got a rental and they called the next day to say they could find anything wrong with the car. During the winter my car decided to get a mind of its own and when you would turn the heat on you had to have it on high or it wouldn't do anything, but if you drove around a curve to the right it would cut off, if you went around a curve to the left it would cut back on. A couple months later it was time to get brakes and have rotors turned. I also had the stereo worked on because I guess it took lessons from my heater, and would change stations or not turn at still doesn't work right at this point I've kind of given up on it.but then the window S started not going up all the way theywould go halfway up then go back down in the door. I have just taken my car on Friday to get new tires, Monday for an alignment, where I was told they couldn't do one because my tierod had to much play in it and was a safety concern. My dealership no longer has their license so I had my car taken to the closest Jeep place and my warranty couldn't be found and I basically stood on the street to wait for a ride as they closed for the night. But then when I got to talk to them again I needed new brakes and rotors all the way around at a grand total of $600.

- Franklin, NC, USA

problem #3

Apr 272009


  • 30,010 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving approximately 45 mph, the contact heard a loud noise when the brake pedal was depressed, followed by no response. The contact made several attempts before the vehicle came to a complete stop. Immediately, the warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The speedometer and numerous instrument panel gauges stopped working. The vehicle stalled unexpectedly and the warning indicators remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. The vehicle restarted and was able to resume normal operation. The contact took the vehicle to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing, but they could not duplicate the failures. They suggested that the ignition could be the cause of the failures. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and an independent mechanic for identical failures, but there were no resolutions. The failure mileage was 30,010 and current mileage was 92,000.

- Princeton, MN, USA

problem #2

Jul 072007

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,500 miles
Stepped on my brake and the car did not stop until I re-applied my brake.

- Miller Place, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 292006

Commander 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,143 miles
It started out that the car was acting up, every warning light was illuminated, the speedometer and tachometer were going all over the place (like they were bouncing). We took it in to the dealer and they said we would have to bring the car back in when it was still doing this, because they plugged it in to the computer and couldn't find anything wrong. So to the dismay of my wife we took the car back even though they couldn't find anything wrong with it. About a week later my wife was pulling into the mall (on the 29th of Dec.), it was extremely busy, so the mall had flagmen out directing traffic. She was on a downhill ramp waiting for the flagmen to let her go. As she was sitting there stopped the instrument panel started going nuts again. At that moment her foot, which was on the brake went straight to the floor, she had lost all brake pressure in the pedal. As she was pumping the brakes she had to honk and wave to the flagmen that she couldn't stop and to move. She had traveled about a 100 feet and finally came to a stop when the car hit the one that was further downhill from her. We call reuther Jeep and told them what had happened and they said to tow the car to their shop and they would give us a rental car. They told me to contact Chrysler and have them do an investigation. They did they investigation (without driving the car) plugged it into the computer, and later told me that there was no problem with the car, and we should contact our insurance company. No other explanation was given. I did some searching online and found numerous instances where this seems to be a problem and falls in line with the recall that Chrysler had recently done on the 64000+ cars. I don't want this car back, I don't feel it is safe and I fear for my wife and kids that are always in this car. We leased the vehicle I don't see why they should be able to make this right. I just want a safe vehicle for my wife and kids.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

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