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:
19 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,727 miles

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 23 of 31)

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problem #163

Dec 102011

Commander 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, all of the warning lights illuminated intermittently and the vehicle decelerated independently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis however, the technicians were unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 52,000.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #162

Nov 022013


  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that after servicing the vehicle under NHTSA campaign number: 13V175000 (electrical system, power train), the four wheel drive feature failed to operate. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the contact was advised that the transfer case motor actuator needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 118,000.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #161

Mar 012013

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
2006 Jeep Commander. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle transfer case motor actuator recall notice and seeks compensation for repairs. The consumer stated the service 4WD system warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where they replaced the transfer case motor actuator at a cost of $ $708.95. The consumer received a recall notice, several months later and applied for compensation under the recall. However, Chrysler informed the consumer that a fix for the recall had not been found and he would received another recall notice when the decision was made on how to fix the problem. In September, the consumer received a second recall notice and contacted Chrysler about his compensation. He was assigned another case number and was informed the refund would be paid out in four weeks. In later October, he again contacted Chrysler about the status of his refund. He was informed, the claim was denied since it had nothing to do with the shifting into neutral addressed in the recall.

- Daphne, AL, USA

problem #160

Oct 122013

Commander 8-cyl

  • 95,530 miles


In may, 2013 I received recall, N23. Soon after I had the recall applied. On the first attempt to use the 4 wheel drive feature it failed. I went to another dealer who disconnected the transfer case, checked the connections and voltages and found them ok. They reconnected the transfer case and reported it operational. A few weeks later, while traveling, I received another warning that the transfer case failed. I went to a local Jeep dealer who diagnosed the problem as needing an actuator. When I returned home I went to the dealer that applied the original recall which was a software update. After they cleared the error codes they said they found a broken connector on the actuator. I assume all the manual handling of the actuator probably caused the connector to brake. I was told that the actuator had to be replaced but was on backorder. I have paperwork that indicates that the original problem found was a cracked circuit board in the actuator. How can a software update fix a cracked circuit board" could that be why there are no new actuators available? were they pulled off the market" there are many Jeep owners that I am in contact with that are having the same problem as I am and are being told the same thing by Chrysler that I am: That the recall did not cause the damage to the actuator. Something needs to be done to resolve this problem. Someone outside of Chrysler and the owners needs to investigate to get to the bottom.

- Corning, NY, USA

problem #159

Jan 012013

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
2006 Jeep Commander. Consumer writes in regards to reprogram final drive controller module recall notice and seeks reimbursement for repairs. The consumer stated the vehicle shifted into neutral at the bottom of a hill and would not move out of neutral. She had the vehicle towed to a local repair shop who informed her there was a problem with the transfer case and recommended replacement. The consumer stated she was unaware of the final drive controller module software issue at the time. The recall notice was issued in May 2013, but she wasn't notified until September. The consumer submitted the documents along with the contact information from the repair shop, only to be told she was not eligible for reimbursement, because it was not the same issue as the recall described. She asked for clarification on the factors contributing to that determination and was informed the repair shop could not verify the issue caused by the drive controller module.

- Glade Park, CO, USA

problem #158

Oct 232013

Commander 6-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
Car dash lights radio and headlights went on and off 5 times in a 1 mile drive. Car also shifted into neutral on its own. Called Jeep. They said that even though these things are on the recall list my car is not eligible due to my VIN number. And if I want these things fixed I would have to pay.

- Springfield, MA, USA

problem #157

Sep 232013


  • 89,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the dashboard gauges failed sporadically. An unknown warning indicator illuminated followed by all of the indicators on the instrument panel illuminating. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 89,000.

- Clearville, PA, USA

problem #156

Nov 012012

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
2006 Jeep Commander. Consumer writes in regards to transfer case actuator recall notice. The consumer stated the vehicle slipped into neutral, leaving her stranded on the highway. She was unable to drive the vehicle, so it had to be towed to the dealer. A week prior, the dealer inspected the vehicle and informed the consumers husband a new transmission was needed and the cost would be between 5,000 and 6,000 dollars. The consumer went to an independent repair shop, where the transmission was replaced.

- Brookville, OH, USA

problem #155

Nov 272010

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
We were traveling home on the interstate going about 75 mph, and all of a sudden everything lights up on the dashboard, and my Jeep Commander starts shutting down without warning! we had to coast off of a exit ramp, and were thankful we did not get smacked from behind or killed! this is the third time that this happened to me. One other time I was taking my child to school, and it just shut off without warning while the truck was in motion, and I had to coast off to the side to a cvs pharmacy parking lot! another problem with this particular truck is that the door handles are poorly made. All of my door handles just started crumbling one by one and will not open from the inside. I have already put in a complaint about the door handles to NHTSA. The last complaint that I have is when it rains heavily, a huge puddle will dampen my passenger side because water is backed up in the sunroof drains. Jeep has cheated a lot of people with this Jeep Commander! it has too many problems to count and everything cost more than what the Jeep is worth! I will never deal with Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge again! they are a bunch of crooks! NHTSA please do something ! this broken door handle issue and shutting off without warning is going to get someone seriously hurt or killed!

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #154

Mar 132013

Commander 8-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
My 2006 Jeep Commander seemed to lose power or shift to neutral while driving on the interstate. It has happened to me 2 times. I had my 3 children traveling in the vehicle with me one of those times. I had to recrank the vehicle while driving. It comes without warning. When I saw recall N23 I was relieved that I would have recourse to have this repaired, but when I call today, they tell me my vehicle is not covered and I would have to pay out of my own pocket for any repairs because Chrysler determined my vehicle wasn't covered. I have recently had other problems with this vehicle, that I now see many other owners have had. The door handles are all broken from flimsy plastic. It requires the whole door panel to be replaced to repair. Also I am now having starting problems that are unable to be diagnosed. I have been a proud Jeep owner and have enjoyed this vehicle however, now I am very disappointed by Chrysler. I will not be a repeat customer.

- Moss Point, MS, USA

problem #153

Aug 032013

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles


I purchased my 2006 Jeep Commander in July 2013 8/3/13 I was driving on the freeway when all the warning lights started flashing. The gauges stop working. Head lights went out, ac fan shut down, radio went off. Everything electrical shut down. Then it just came back on, then off. It continued to do this until I shut the car off and waited for a few minutes. But it started again after a few minutes of driving. I have taken back to dealer where I purchased it. They have replaced the ECU, and the pcu but it's still doing it. It's been in out of the shop 4 times so far. They have had my car longer than I have. As of now they are unable to determine what's wrong with it. So I am paying for a car that I can't drive and I can't get out of my loan because the cars not worth what I paid for it and it's not drivable!!!!

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #152

Aug 172013


  • 115,000 miles
I have just purchased this used 2006 Jeep Commander 1 week ago. The vehicle is in great condition, no previous accidents, no engine lights/error codes. On the 2nd day of owning the Jeep I experienced my first stall, and since then 4 more stalls. There is no engine lights, error codes, etc. The vehicle seems to be 100% okay, however the vehicle has just shut off 4 times losing brakes, steering, lights, etc - whether I am moving or at a stop. At first I thought "I must have bought a lemon" but I have been reading through several forums and blogs that there are 100's if not 1,000's of people who are experiencing the same issue with their 5.7L hemi Commander, and some of the blogs date back to 2006 when these vehicles were brand new with less than a thousand miles on them. One person actually suffered an accident due to this electrical issue - losing control of steering and brakes. Because their is no engine codes or lights dealerships are not assessing the issue at all or are just throwing parts at it hoping it is fixed and charging the customer a boat load of money. Several people have identified that the issue potentially resides in the PCM and the ignition coils, some say that the coils put of an em interference that is disrupting the PCM. Regardless - Chrysler needs to get this fixed so no one else gets hurt, or killed.

- San Antonio , TX, USA

problem #151

Feb 182013


  • 87,000 miles
I was in vehicle getting into car, care was on already, and the gear jumped from park to reverse since I still had door open I fell from care while vehicle continued in reverse from garage till it crashed into fire hydrant, recall was just received a month ago in regards......( a transfer case electrical failure may result in an unintentional shifting of the transfer case into the neutral position, in this case it was in park and jumped to reverse causing the accident and injury to me as I fell out of the car.

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #150

Jul 032013


  • 69,000 miles
I received a recall notice about a week prior to this incident for NH23. It stated there were no parts to repair it and to put the emergency brake on while the vehicle is in park in the meantime which I did. On July 3rd- I took my daughter to the bmv to take her road test in my Jeep. The officer and my child stated that the car was malfunctioning and not safe to test in. We had no problem on the way there. I went out to see what could be wrong and the vehicle was surging loudly and "jumping" in place. It would not switch gears either so it could not be driven. I had it towed to my mechanic and was told my transmission was gone. I called the recall number and spoke to [xxx] who told me that a software glitch would've prevented this problem from being diagnosed and to have it towed to ganley Chrysler in bedford, oh. I learned on 7/9 when mike a service tech there called me requesting $936 to open the transmission. "it's a broken part in the transmission." I asked him if it was related to the tca. He said, "what's that" let me look it up." He then stated, "no. That's just a piece that is used to program the car. It has nothing to do with it." I called Chrysler back and spoke with [xxx]. I gave her the background info and she called mike. She told me "it has nothing to do with the recall." The dealership did not know to diagnose my car once it was dropped of there. After speaking with the representative instead of doing a thorough check they maintained that the problem is that there is a broken part in the transmission and it is not R/T to the transfer case actuator. Even though the tca going bad can cause the transmission to ??go bad?? or break. I firmly believe it could not be appropriately diagnosed D/T a software glitch and that the tca needed replacing and the dealer did not have the parts as the recall stated. Why then should I pay for the repairs" information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Twinsburg, OH, USA

problem #149

Mar 292013

Commander 8-cyl

  • 104,625 miles
I was driving and the car engine light came on and then the car started to lose accelerating at 60 mph and I had to pull to the side of the ride and re start the car and I was on the freeway going to work which is very dangerous can someone please help this is the car that I use everyday to go to work and I only had just car for almost 2 years and when I purchase a car I expect that it will last for me while I'm making the payments and I have 3 more years to pay on the car I don't know what to do about the issue. I have let the dealership only work on my car since I purchase the vehicle. Chrysler performs all my oils changes tune up and everything that I need to have down and its not fair that the truck was discontinue I feel like the company knows that the truck is having the problems and nobody wants to do anything about it.

- Lauderdale Lakes, FL, USA

problem #148

Jun 272010


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who replaced the starter. The failure recurred and the vehicle was not repaired again. The failure was reported to the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 65,000. The current mileage was 115,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #147

May 062013

Commander 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
On the evening of 5/04/2013 while driving on the highway at a rate of between 65 & 70 mph my headlights along with my entire dashboard and instrument panel begin flickering and eventually went out! I pulled over turned the engine off and restarted it the headlight came on immediately, however the instrument panel flickered for a bit then eventually illuminated. Went into autozone (@#$%) got a reading, was told it was a minor issue and to get it checked out. A couple days go by really not driving it much a little nervous, however when starting the vehicle none of the instrument panel is working, thy tachometer needle, the speedometer nothing, however the engine was running and it would shift in and out of gear, but it would jerk and stall and whenever I tried to make a left or right turn the brakes would grind and screech! "yites" thank god, we have another vehicle! anyway I called a local Chrysler dealership and was told that I would have to be charged a diagnostic fee of $130 for each component tested"?" really! anyway it gets better I called Chrysler-Jeep manufacturer and they told me that although my car was doing exactly what millions of other recalled Commanders made in the same year 2006 were doing, my "VIN" number wasn't on the recall list, gooooo figure! so yeah, although my Jeep shifts in and out of gear on the highway, cluster board and headlights flicker off and it stalls like it going to shut off! no cigar! I guess I'll bring to where I purchased it from and use my "max care warranty" god give me the strength!

- Hartford, CT, USA

problem #146

Sep 042008

Commander 6-cyl

  • 57,771 miles
A/C blower motor and resistor keeps failing. Original failure on 9/4/2008, replaced blower motor and resistor, mileage 57771. Failure # 2, 5/18/2009, same failure, blower motor replaced, mileage 64773. Failure # 3, 6/1/2012, mileage 115274, blower motor and resistor replaced, also paid for "new baffle screen" per Jeep, a design flaw and debris coming in and getting lodged in ac motor fan blades, would correct problem from happening again. I paid for 1/2 of the parts as I was out of warranty, but was given a "goodwill repair" credit on labor from dealer and $100 refund from cd for parts on this repair, mileage 115274. Failure # 4, 11/19/2012, same failure, blower motor, except this time, blower motor smoked, electrical burn and smoke inside vehicle, I had to evacuate my vehicle on side of freeway, mind you I am disabled with service dog. Dealer covered repair with their own parts and repair warranty. Failure # 5, 4/30/2013, mileage 131318, .....current status, waiting repair....because it is failing intermittently, only low air setting, and not others, lithia dealer requesting I wait until complete failure, which I find unsafe. I have called Jeep and told them that if this happens again, I will file a lawsuit, this is a "unsafe" problem for it's consumers. It has yet to completely fail, but previous problems tell me it's only a matter of time.

- Manteca, CA, USA

problem #145

Aug 062007

Commander 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Commander started to have dash problems, such as transmission light S would surround all be circled or boxed with a square light so I would not know what was going on in 2007 this went on for years. I would pull over and stop put the Jeep in park or try to put back into drive but it would really be in neutral and then it would jump into drive or 1st or 2nd and could not get back out unless I turned vehicle off then I would be lucky to get the vehicle to go into gear, and when it would go into get it would jump and make a loud noise and scare the pants off of me. Then the vehicle would run like knew for a few weeks with no problems and then same conditions applied, could go for months, or a year and then same conditions happened again. If I took the problem to a Jeep dealer they would say it would have to be having problem in order for them to diagnose. The Chrysler would not pay for my recalled Commander 2006, even though I had already had a Jeep dealership in bloomington mn., fix the condition on 12/21/12. I also had the same problem 0N 8/8/2012 in cloquet mn.., and at stillwater motors 06/30/07, all Jeep dealerships Chrysler call center said, once the recall came out Chrysler said I am out of luck. My Jeep Commander was jumping into gear any gear and is the same problem they are reporting. Please help me access my recall so I can recover my funds. Chrysler, has on 3 calls said my 2006 Commander is not on their list.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #144

May 202013

Commander 6-cyl

  • 96,444 miles
I was driving and had to stop behind another driver who was making a left hand turn. I was on a slight incline. When they turned I began to accelerate. This is when I encountered my problem. I had to push the accelerator to the floor. It was as if the car shifted into neutral. Thinking this was strange I looked on my dashboard to make sure the car was still in drive. What I found when I looked was that all the gears were highlighted. At this point the car still wouldn't go over 20-25mph. (I was on a 45mph road on a very busy Monday.) I gently moved my gear shift and that put my gear back into drive. A few seconds later I look at my dashboard and all the gears were briefly highlighted and then it went back to just the drive gear highlighted. I took it in to an authorized Jeep dealer the next day and was told that I needed a new shifter module/bezel. I believe this is a safety hazard and something the Chrysler company should of known about and put a recall out on this vehicle. I called Chrysler and was only told that there are recalls out on Jeep Commanders for it slipping into neutral but that my vehicle was not part of said recall. Although the gear on my car shifted into neutral when I had it in drive. The recall also states that vehicles manufactured between certain dates should be considered for the recall. My car falls into those dates. I had to pay $829 for a part and $209.98 for labor and $14.70 for shop supplies. This brought my total to $1,127.44. I do not understand how a part could cost me this much" am I the only owner with this problem" I got the problem fixed and the vehicle runs fine now. I am wanting Chrysler to admit that this is a defect on their part and reimburse me for the total sum stated above.

- Davenport , IA, USA

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