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 26 of 31)

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problem #103

Sep 222011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 66,000 miles


I was pulling out of my driveway when all the instrument lights came on. I thought it had stalled! when I looked down, the ob data screen said AWD system failed. I put it in park turned off the key and tried to restart it and it would not. That's when I looked up and noticed a lot of white smoke coming from the front of my car! within a second it turned to black smoke! I smelled something burning. I hurried up and got my son and I out of the Jeep and backed away, and within a few seconds there was a pop and the Jeep engine compartment was on fire. We called 911.

- Whitehouse, OH, USA

problem #102

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 #101

Sep 122011


  • miles
This has happened twice, I was driving home from work at 55mph with my new born child, and the engine shut off, the electirc shut off and the power sterring quit. The car behind me almost smashed into me. The Jeep came to a stop and then I turned the key and it turned back on. Please help me!

- Bollivia , NC, USA

problem #100

Sep 012011


  • 42,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the air conditioner, heater and interior and exterior lights would activate sporadically when engaged. The lights would flicker and the air conditioner and heat would shut off and on. When the failure would occur, the vehicle would stall as well and the only warning was that the lights would flicker. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The current mileage was 42,000.

- Bethleham, PA, USA

problem #99

Jun 192009

Commander 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
While driving the dash lights went out and headlights started flashing on and off. Took it to dealer and they found no trouble. The vehicle keeps blowing rear tail light bulbs, and blower motor at times does not work on certain speeds. Cigarette lighter/power outlets stopped working even though fuse is good. Power windows intermittently stop working. The transmission went out around 62,000 miles. Had dealer replace transmission and now at 102,000 miles the transmission will loose drive when shifting into 3rd under moderate acceleration. You then have to pull off the road and put the car in park, then back in drive to regain drive. Transmission also "surges" under light throttle conditions at low speeds(10-20mph). I have contacted Jeep and their response was that because of the mileage on the vehicle they could do nothing. I feel that the flashing lights and the loss of drive while in traffic are major safety issues. I have been researching this vehicle and found may other owners with the exact same problems.

- Porter, IN, USA

problem #98

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 #97

May 252006

Commander 6-cyl

  • 14,000 miles


Since the first few months that I owned this 2006 Jeep Commander it has randomly shut down while I am driving. I have noticed that it happens more often in the summer. It has been taken in and had PCM reprogramming, parts replaced, and other work. At the time we purchased it my husband was the GM at the dealership. The tech's tried everything. Since then the dealership has switched to another automotive group. I have contacted several Jeep service departments and many say there is nothing they can do. They are aware of the problem, but have no solutions other than what has already been done. I drive on highways with my two children often and several times it has cut off when speed limits where 65+ mph. I do not want to pass this problem along to another owner. I managed service departments for years and know how to react to problems, but I am concerned that Jeep has done nothing to fix this. I know of several other owners who purchased vehicles at the same time who had the same problem. Many have been traded in and now new owners are having to deal with this dangerous condition.

- Cedar Point, NC, USA

problem #96

Aug 242011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 95,550 miles
Transmission control switch 2006 Jeep Commander when going down the road goes from drive to 3rd gear I almost got hit in the rear by another car check nengine light comes on and you cant get it ouyt of 3rd gear.

- Somerset, PA, USA

problem #95

Aug 132011

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
After having problems with dashboard lights going all on and off while driving two years ago, now my transmission has failed and the computer has gone out of the car. I have had ongoing issues with the air conditioning, and have replaced the module in the air conditioning to just have the issue re-appear a year later. The cruise control has gone out. And with heavy rains, I have leaking with my sunroof.

- Council Bluffs, IA, USA

problem #94

Jul 182011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 52,100 miles
I was getting off on an exit with a slight incline. I had my foot slightly on the break to decelerate. The car jerked and the traction control and ABS lights came on. The roads were dry. There was no reason for the traction control and ABS to turn on. The lights remained on. It felt as if someone put their foot on the breaks quickly. After I arrived at my location I turned the car off. When I restarted the car the lights were off. I contacted my service center. They had me bring in the car. They re-flashed to correct the codes.

- Charles Town, WV, USA

problem #93

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 #92

Jun 102009


  • 32,000 miles
A/C blower only works on high, not any other setting. I've replaced the blower motor resistor on average of 3X per year (@ $32 from dealer). This is what I've been told by auto mechanics and the Chrysler dealer service dept. Is wrong with the A/C system....and that "it's a common problem." When the resistor is replaced, the A/C will work properly for a short period of time and then repeat the problem. Obviously, there is something causing this part to short/malfunction. After researching this topic (online/internet), I've found many Jeep owners have encountered the exact same problem. The problem is not the blower motor resistor, it is the guage of wiring Chrysler has used to install the system. The wiring can not handle the amps running through it, and the connection/wiring actually melts. This is the case with my vehicle, the connection at the blower resistor is melted. The system has a 40amp fuse, which does not blow before the wiring melts"?".....this is a fire hazard. Chrysler should have done a recall on this. I've opened a case with Chrysler, and so far have gotten nowhere with them.....they just want me to take vehicle into dealer so they can charge me there outrageous rates for looking at the problem, then (according to the discussion threads online) they'll suggest I replace the whole blower unit/system for about $800. The only problem is the guage of the wiring is to small for the amps running the system, and the wiring needs to be replaced. I've heard there is a replacement wiring harness available, but when I asked Chrysler about this part they claimed to know nothing about it.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #91

Jul 202011


  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The interior lighting and the instrument panel lighting began to flicker erratically, and a warning light on the instrument panel displayed a message indicating that the transmission overheated. The contact also stated that she previously experienced intermittent deceleration as well as flickering of the interior lighting. The vehicle was towed home. The dealer was made aware of the failure and advised the contact to bring the battery in for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 94,000.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #90

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 #89

Jul 112010


  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated the vehicle would hesitate to start with the illumination of several warning lights. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer were notified of the failure however, the vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The failure and current mileage was 34,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Baly, CA, USA

problem #88

May 152011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the vehicle back up sensor failed while backing out of a parking lot and crashing into a vehicle. A police report was filed. The contact did not suffer any injuries. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who stated that the sensor was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 22,000. Updated 09/08/11 the crash sensor was stuck inside the bumper, which caused it to go off at all times in reverse. Updated 10/31/11

- Lowell , MS, USA

problem #87

Jan 182011


  • miles
2006 Jeep Commander limited purchased brand new Dec 2006 from mccune Chrysler and Jeep, national city California. Purchased extended service contract max 6/70, covering my car to 70,000. Car currently has 63,000 miles (extended service contract). Never had an problems with my vehicle at all. Took car to purchasing location for repairs Jan 2011. While there, service advisor said I needed a new exhaust manifold and it was covered under service contract. Since then, my car has cut off in traffic causing me to almost loose my life by being hit by traffic, all lights on my dash panel lights up like a christmas tree, car will not accelerate when gas pedal pushed, ,, and I am told that my car has a communication problem and they can not figure out what's wrong with it. I finally call ed Chrysler customer, filed a complaint, and was told that a case manger will be calling me to work with me and the dealership. If the mechanics can not figure it out, then that is a major concern to me because now my life, my kids lives, and any other passengers lives are at jeopardy while in this vehicle. It's a death trap. Chrysler nor the mccune are taking responsibility. All I am getting is that it's a communication problem within the car. Can someone please help me with this matter? the car was returned to me after 3 days being towed to the dealer and being told it was fixed. The car went back to the shop after two days of having it where it is at this time.

- San Diego , CA, USA

problem #86

Apr 282011


  • 71,000 miles
Our 2006 Jeep Commander intermittently stalls while driving. Usually, the instrument panel lights go crazy, all the lights flashing on and off, and then the vehicle stalls. This happens at anytime, and has happened on the highway! this issue leaves no faults on the computer when checked by a dealer. Dealer replaced the ignition lock, but this did not fix the issue. They have no more suggestions. The internet is filled with other owners of this and other Jeep vehicles that have experienced the same serious issue. Obviously, this could be extremely dangerous!!

- Fox Point, WI, USA

problem #85

Aug 012010


  • 64,000 miles
I purchased the 2006 Commander in June 2010. The first 6 weeks I had the vehicle I loved it. The first incident I had with the vehicle was the service park assist warning came on and stayed on for two days, then went off on its own prior to getting an appointment to have it checked. The next incident happened when I was idling in traffic at a stoplight. Every indicator light on the dash came on and the vehicle started to stall but did not completely stall out. Since that episode I have had issues with the driver side front window and passenger side rear window not functioning properly (at times won't roll up or down from either control). More recently I have had increasing episodes (two to three times per month) of the dash lighting up, headlights dimming and the vehicle losing power (so far always while parked or shifting from park to drive), as well as the service park assist warning and window issues. After hearing of a coworker with a 2007 Commander having some of the same issues I began searching the internet and have found numerous complaints of the same issues as mine. I am afraid to drive this vehicle with my children inside in the event that it would stall out on the highway and I would not be able to control it. I spoke with the dealer that sold me the vehicle yesterday and they have agreed to look at it free of charge this morning since there is no warranty on it now, but I still am not sure I want to keep this vehicle any longer. Chrysler needs to recall these vehicles and fix this issue. I used to be a die hard Jeep fan...but no longer! I am surprised that I have not found any reports of death or serious injury as a result of these electrical issues with this particular model.

- Spencer, WV, USA

problem #84

Jan 182011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
March of 2009 we experienced a problem with our 2006 Jeep Commander with the electronics in the vehicle shutting down causing the vehicle to stall. We took it into our local dealership where they informed us that the problem was with the shifter module and that it had to be replaced. Well $2500 later and missing parts we requested to keep our vehicle was back in our possession with the problem still happening. Not as severe as what it had been prior to sending it in, however still happening. This evening my husband was driving home from work when this happened again. Only this time the ABS went out and the brakes started pumping for no reason, as well as the vehicle stalling out while driving 110kmph. When home we reviewed recalls recommended for 2006 Jeep Commanders and there is one where it describes the symptoms our vehicle is having in quite detail. Amongst investigating further it was determined that out particular vehicle was not included in the recall although experiencing the same problems.

- Fort Sasktachewan, 00, USA

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