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:
19,000 miles

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2006 Jeep Commander drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 032006


  • 35,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact started the vehicle and the four wheel drive indicator light was illuminated. The contact proceeded to drive as the vehicle became jerking with hesitation. The following day while parked on an incline, the vehicle rolled away and crashed into the rear of another vehicle. A police report was available. The vehicle was towed to a dealer were they stated there was a problem with the transfer case that can make the gears sticky and that is why the four wheel drive light came on. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 35,000.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #1

Mar 202007

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 30-35 mph, the vehicle shut off without warning. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. As of November 5, 2007, the dealer had not repaired the vehicle. The contact stated that the vehicle would not shift correctly and he heard a grinding noise coming from the engine. The dealer stated that the vehicle needed a new transmission. They replaced the transmission. The failure mileage was 3,000 and current mileage was 11,730. The consumer stated a new transmission put in the vehicle and new bearings in the transfer case. The consumer stated a new power steering pump, new brake calipers, and the consumer stated there are still electrical problems with the vehicle. Updated 11/20/07

- St Louis, MO, USA

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