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:
5 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,863 miles

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 4 of 9)

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problem #112

Jun 072014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the instrument panel lights flickered and there was an intermittent electrical short with the lighting on the dashboard and the headlights. The contact stated that at times it was difficult to change gears from the gear box. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who diagnosed that the dialog idle air control valve needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 07V434000 (service brakes, hydraulic) and 13V175000 (electrical system, power train). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000.

- River Edge, NJ, USA

problem #111

Feb 262014


  • 129,898 miles
I purchased this vehicle 2/15/14 three weeks later while driving on highway the gauges just came on and kept flashing it continued for the duration of my drive. Once I got to work and put it in park and turn it off and restarted it nothing happened. So 8.5 to 9 hrs later back on the highway it does it again this time just flashed 3 times. It was taking to a shop per finance company to which the mechanic kept for almost 2 weeks. The mechanic stated he could not find anything wrong with it. He needed to see it happen. So I took it back home the first week nothing happened. Second week nothing that third week it happened again this time while on highway on the way to work my speed dropped from 60 to 5 in less than a second. I pulled over and sat for 2 to 3 minutes an proceeded on with my cell phone ready to snap a picture if it happened again and low and be hold it does it again and this time it was continues until I turned off the vehicle once again it was taken to the shop with the proof he needed and again he stated he could not find anything wrong so he took it to Jeep Chrysler and had them reset everything and gave it back to me. For the next month nothing happened. But the following month once again the problem starts again. But this time it completely knocked out my radio. The finance company want help and I don't know what to do. Today is the 25th of July but two or three days ago there was a recall on 2006-2007 Jeep Commanders for faulty ignition switches. I really do not feel safe for me or my kids in this vehicle but noone seems to care. Not sure what to do about this problem but I truly hope you do.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #110

Jul 212014

Commander 8-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Braking to approach a red light at an intersection the brakes felt mushy followed by complete loss of power. I was stopped in the inside lane of a 4-lane hwy at an intersection without power!. after a moment of panic....thank heavens no oncoming traffic behind me....I put the car into park and restarted the engine. I traveled two blocks to where I could safely exit the hwy and park. After a few minutes while I calmed down I proceeded to drive the vehicle to my home. Since that time I have tried to get the vehicle in for a check but cannot get an appointment until August. It has been a few days and I have no choice but to use the vehicle. I have noted some missing and hesitating from time to time but not complete failure. However, I would not take this vehicle on an open hwy as it is performing right now.

- Mccook, NE, USA

problem #109

May 302014

Commander 8-cyl

  • 47,000 miles


My Jeep had an N23 recall performed at park Jeep in burnsville, mn. After the recall was performed, the four wheel drive system low range became inoperable. A message appears on the dash: 'service four wheel drive'. I notified the dealer about his issue. They performed some reprogramming that they said would fix the issue. This reprogramming did not work, as the issue has returned, and my four wheel drive system is not operating as expected. I notified Jeep customer service, and they have no solution for this problem. The dealer has no solution for this problem. About 500,000 Grand Cherokee and Commanders that have this four wheel drive system are affected. No one can guarantee that it will not affect normal operation of the vehicle. And no one knows what the system can do in traffic on it's own without warning to the driver of the vehicle. The N23 recall performed by my Jeep dealer has created this problem, and it needs to be addressed by the manufacturer now. Chrysler/Jeep needs to provide a proper repair so that the owners of these vehicles can count on their Jeep to perform as they were represented to perform when purchased, and with the knowledge that the vehicle will perform in a safe manner with no unexpected limitations or actions as they are driven on the public roads. Search on the internet will show scores of links to this N23 recall created problem, and Chrysler/Jeep's lack of action on this issue. This needs action now.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #108

Jan 132014

Commander 8-cyl

  • 130,972 miles
I took my car to the recall to get the reflash in may of last year. When the winter came I tried using my 4 wheel drive and the "service 4 wheel drive" error. Fix this!

- Mount Clemens, MI, USA

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problem #107

May 062014


  • 105,000 miles
I had the N23 update done and now I do not have 4 wheel drive - thanks Chrysler another screw up and you won't fix it.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #106

Jul 012014

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 72,000 miles


After N23 recall was updated 4L will not work. Service 4WD system message appears.

- Mount Sinai, NY, USA

problem #105

May 152014

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
At startup vehicle info center shows service 4WD system. Vehicle won't shift into 4WD low range if attempted service 4WD message come on and stays on until vehicle is shut off. Recall N23 was performed and now codes had set stopping transfer case operation. Codes C1405 and C140F cleared by dealer and claim it is fixed. Dealer charged for this service.

- Mount Horeb, WI, USA

problem #104

May 162012


  • 50,000 miles
I was driving down a neighborhood street and re-adjusted my seating position. While driving, my knee slightly bumped the key and turned off my car while it was in drive. I then lost power steering and power brakes. Luckily I was moving slowly and could pull over and stop the car. I then tested it again in a parking lot and I determined that my Jeep shuts off every time I move the key with my knee, even while driving. Potentially very dangerous.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #103

May 282014

Commander 8-cyl

  • 102,420 miles
Driving North from detroit with my uncle, passing a semi on I 75 at about 70-75. The engine just quit, likesome turned the key off. Got to the side of the road, put vec. In park started back up drove home. Took Jeep to al serra, S the 29 th got it back 6/2/14 found no reason why it shut down. June 15 th when driving on bristol road at 45 mph it quit again, took it back to al serra, S 2days later got it back, still couldn't find cause.

- Burton, MI, USA

problem #102

Jun 012010

Commander 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


When I purchased the vehicle the car I had problems with the car it would slow all the way down on the freeway.they would always tell me it was nothing. The last time I took it to them they said it was the gear, only because I purchased a warranty. When I go up a hill or turn my car still slows down. I've been paying for a car that has never operated correctly and I can not afford to just get another one it cheaper to just pay the note.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #101

Feb 202014


  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while ascending an incline at various speeds, the vehicle suddenly lost acceleration power and fire emitted from under the hood. The police and fire departments were called. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who stated that the transmission needed to be rebuilt. The vehicle was repaired but the contact was then unable to shift to drive. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure and current mileage was 51,000.

- Saint Thomas Virgin Island, VI, USA

problem #100

Apr 012014

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 45,821 miles
I had parked my Jeep on a hill I got out and walked about 20 feet in back of the Jeep and all of a sudden I hear a sound of movement and I saw the Jeep moving down the hill I was able to run fast enough to get into the Jeep and pull the parking brake which stopped it. I forgot about the recall that was on it with the final drive controller module I had called the Jeep dealer to tell them that were I live they don't have the proper software to complete the repair in any shop. I live on the island of kodiak ak. They said they were working on getting this software to a repair shop here however, after I didn't hear from them for six months I called back and they told me that they couldn't help me and I had to take my Jeep to them on the mainland. I can't afford to ferry my Jeep to the mainland and then stay over there until they can repair it then ferry it back. So now I have experienced this situation which could have ended differently then it did I am thankful no one was hurt.

- Kodiak, AK, USA

problem #99

Nov 012013


  • 80,000 miles
This vehicle has numerous recalls related to all the problems our Jeep has. There is 0 recall for our VIN. The vehicle surges when driving up hills. The car won't start sometimes because the shifter control thinks it is in drive when it is in park. The cruise control does not work and the 4 wheel drive kicks in when driving at high speeds and jumps the car.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #98

Oct 092013

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 98,007 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle stalled then all of the warning lights illuminated. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was included in and repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 08V203000 (power train). The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 98,007 and the current mileage was 102,000. Updated 07/16/14

- Hingham, MA, USA

problem #97

Feb 042014

Commander 6-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
At around or about the speed of 55 mph, I here a loud and scary thumping or grinding sound under the car. It sounds like its right underneath my seat. I immediately got off the expressway and slowed down. That seemed to help the sound go away.when I drive to work in the morning, I only drive 35 mph and I can here the sound also and when I let off the accelerator the sound stops, but continues when I press on the gas. Pls notify me as soon as possible with any helpful information as I do drive with little children in the vehicle. I will take the car to the Jeep dealer to get checked out. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Westmont, IL, USA

problem #96

Mar 062012

Commander 8-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the transmission would shift to third gear independently. The contact was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 71,000 and the current mileage was 91,000.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #95

Apr 152013

Commander 8-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
I purchased my 2006 Jeep Commander from city auto in memphis, tn on 9/14/11 and was told it was a one-owner vehicle originating from the state of Pennsylvania. I noticed hesitation in the transmission and variances (rough - up and down) in the idling shortly after my purchase. I then started to get the "transmission/engine" light coming on. But it would go away almost as quick as it would come on. I then had my engine stall while driving full speed on the interstate. I lost all power! fortunately, I was able to get over to the shoulder safely! we immediately started doing some research on various forums, including Jeep forum, on the "stalling issue" and "lights coming on intermittently". my husband took it to our local autozone and they hooked it up to their coding scanner machine. It gave us the code to change the map sensor needed to be changed. My husband changed this out last summer (2013). It helped for a little bit. :( then began having the same issues, stalling out while driving, check engine light coming on/off and rough idling. Husband went back and had them hook up to coding machine and this time was given the code for O2 sensor, which he purchased and changed out. Now it's worse than ever! it won't even stay idled. It stalls almost immediately! I have to keep my foot on the gas (and brake when needed) all the time! if I let it go below 1000rpms it dies! we took it to a mechanic & was told the PCM was bad. But he told us that there were recalls that may fix the issue. So we took it to a dealership who performed the recall but unfortunately it did not fix the problems. This is a very expensive "fix" to a problem that appears to have never have been resolved properly by the manufacturer!! this needs to be addressed by the manufacturer as it is a major driving & safety hazard!

- Marion, AR, USA

problem #94

Mar 042014

Commander 8-cyl

  • 119,800 miles
Bought car used at a dealership, but was not told of recalls or issues. Car stalled on me twice, once in traffic approaching a light and another in a parking lot turning left to weave out of lot. The 4 wheel low was recalled and checked, but problem persist. The engine hesitates while driving, little stumbles and shakes while accelerating. While in park, weird sound is heard from light rev. I have had car for less than 3 days and problems occurred. I have a 2 ton paper weight at the moment as I feel it is unsafe to drive. I now have a decent size transmission leak after I park from short drives. I have but maybe 250 miles on it. I have heard of the 4.7 having some of these issues and a recall has been done, but not for the 5.7L hemi's. I have read numerous complaints on similar issues of exact engine model of Commander, but recalls for it aren't available and only such for the 4.7L version.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #93

Mar 052014

Commander 8-cyl

  • miles
After recall N23 I lost my 4 low range.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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