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 electrical problems

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 27 of 31)

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problem #83

Dec 292010


  • miles


2006 Jeep Commander 4X4 trail rated.

- Avondale, AZ, USA

problem #82

Dec 282010


  • 70,000 miles
Bought 2006 Commander in 2009, every month it either shuts down while driving or will not start at all, I have replaced the starter, battery, fuses, and switches at my own expense, Chrysler will do nothing, I don't know what to do..there are no recalls for V-6 commmanders.

- Burns, TN, USA

problem #81

Sep 062010


  • 39,000 miles
The issues I have had is stalling in my 2006 Jeep Commander. There is not any warning sign associated with this. My car has stalled before while driving on the expressway as well as while parked. There is no warning, it just stalls. While driving the car on the expressway it just cut off. Luckily I was in the far left lane and was able to steer the car to the shoulder. I turned the ignition off then started to car and it drove as if nothing ever happened. It also stalls while parked with no warning. There is no apparent reason. You then have to unplug the battery for at least 24 hours then hope it starts the next day. I have had the alternator changed and this problem still happens. What I was told by a mechanic is when I unplug the battery it is resetting the electrical control panel. But this has not helped. I still have the same problem.

- South Holland, IL, USA

problem #80

Apr 062010

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


2006 Jeep Commander ltd 5.7L. Instrument panel lights flash randomly. Loss of power and car stalls without warning. There was a recall on the same vehicle but with a different engine size for the same problem but not this model even though they know it has the same issue.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #79

Aug 092010


  • 99,000 miles
Vehicle would not start and we had experienced this off and on so we replaced the battery. Within a month, car would not start again. While trying to get it started the lights came on, no start. Waited, tried again, dimmer lights; waited again nothing! electrical system totally non functioning. We have also had stalling issues and car automatically changing gears. It feels like it just can't get speed up and not even a high rate, just in town. I was driving and noticed the gear went from drive to 3rd! I tried turning it off and restarting with no luck and then that stalling feeling all the way to work. The truck has a mind of it's own but it's not working!

- Wheatfield, NY, USA

problem #78

Jul 192010


  • 70,000 miles
I'm a owner of a 2006 Jeep Commander limited and starting to become frustrated and scared to drive this beautiful car. The problem is that the car stalls out (looses power, electrical, power brakes/ steering, everything) when slowing down at a red light, stop sign, parking spot, etc. I have contacted the dealer and several repair shops concerning this problem and they all tell me that they have no idea what it could be and there are no recalls on the issue. Just wanted to see what if anything you suggest for me to do as this I not the first time this has happened and probably not the last. Thanks

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #77

Feb 112010


  • 61,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving at approximately 50 mph, all of the interior and exterior lights, including the control panel, began blinking rapidly before completely failing. The radio and air conditioner also failed. The vehicle was pulled over and upon restarting, resumed normal operation. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and the failure recurred twice. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure and did not service the vehicle. The failure persisted intermittently and would occur while driving and parked. The failure mileage was 61,000 and the current mileage was 66,000.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #76

Jul 012010


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 35 mph the contact noticed that all of the warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure was not diagnosed by the dealer. There were no prior warnings. The failure mileage was 64000 and the current mileage was 65000.

- Bombay, FL, USA

problem #75

Jun 092010


  • 60,000 miles
2006 Jeep Commander has a starting issue and many occurrences have had to turn the key over several times to get vehicle to start.

- Broomfield, CO, USA

problem #74

May 172010


  • miles
While driving, 06 Jeep Commander had smoke pouring into the inside from the gear shift, vents, etc. Smelled electrical. Car refused to turn off on two attempts with keys already out of the ignition. That was the first occasion for that problem. Have had several times when I was driving that the car stalls, locking up the steering wheel, etc. Have taken it to the dealership for this problem and they said they fixed the recall "??" it still stalls, sometimes three times a day...which is difficult when you have several people behind you. The vehicle is at the shop now as I had to get it towed when it quit running, during the fire. I am currently searching to see if others have had this problem.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #73

Nov 102008


  • 67,000 miles


Had cruise control set to 65 mph on the freeway. Out of nowhere the car began accelerating on its own to reaching speeds of 85 mph. If cruise control is turned on now it accelerates on its own and I MA not able to control the speed at all. Have taken car to dealership but they say nothing is wrong. Front windshield leaks and lets in too much air. I should not have to pay for repairs since it is a defect. Driver side window does not go down. Now rear passenger side window is starting to get stuck. Have replaced driver side switch and the problem still exists. Front passenger window goes down but the driver side which has controls to all the windows does not work for any of the windows. My car accelerates on its own on a daily basis. It can go from 35 mph to uncontrollable speeds. Taken to dealership several times but they never find the problems. Dealership cant even figure out what is wrong with the electrical windows.

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #72

Mar 022010

Commander 8-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) 2006 Jeep Commander limited V8 hemi, Jeep stalls on highway any speeds, it locks up and shuts down. After I pull over its starts up again. The Jeep has stalled many times more than 20 since I owned it. I have had the cam and crankshaft sensors replaced also a new starter. The check engine light comes on and still say the cam or crank sensors the problem I spending way to much money getting the Jeep put on a diagnostic machine and coming up with the same problem. The Jeep is very unsafe. [xxx]

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #71

Nov 192009


  • 49,765 miles
My car has had serious issues since buying it. Now I have a serious electrical problem that the dealer can not diagnose. That has been the case from day one of buying the car. I am fearing a electrical fire and the dealer has thrown up their hands and don't know what is causing the issue. Chrysler has never helped me with this auto but was going to declare it at one point a lemon but wanted to charge me a out rageous usage fee right after purchasing the car. I have a file at the Jeep dealer larger then any file ever on a car there. My Jeep always have has problems has had serious problems from day one and they can never figure out why. It use to stall when driving and any speed. I would lose all power and it was a serious problem. My family and I could have been killed in the car. It took them a year and half to find and fix that problem. Now they can find this problem and we fear a serious fire in the car. Please help us.

- Spokane , WA, USA

problem #70

Dec 242009


  • 71,000 miles
I filed a complaint about 2 weeks ago about an ongoing problem that I've been having with my 2006 Jeep Commander since January 2009. I am going to be killed in this vehicle which seems to have an electrical problem. The headlights flash on and off which in an age of road rage could get me killed if someone thinks I'm willfully flashing them. All the instrument panel gauges go on and off, the radio and climate control system go on and off; did I forget to say randomly. This is a dangerous situation that Chrysler needs to take care of. I've taken it to the dealer but they tell me there's nothing wrong with it. In the past they charged me for the evaluation, now I refuse to keep paying them and have them say "sorry can't find anything on the computer." Someone will be liable for the people who will be killed or seriously injured by this defected vehicle. On 12/24/09 on my way home from work it flashed the people before me, I got concerned and switched lanes on the highway; every time I switched lanes they switched before me. I believe they thought I was purposefully flashing them. This is very frustrating. Something needs to be done immediately before people are hurt.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #69

Dec 092009


  • 55,325 miles
Headlights and interior lights shut off while driving at night at highway speed, but the radio remained on and the engine was also working. All the lights on the instrument panel flipped on and then off with the exception of the base esp and the traction control lights, they stayed on. Power steering and power brakes were working and if it had not been dark out, could have drove home. The vehicle did come back to normal working order within a few seconds. This record of events happened 3 times within a few minutes at 10 pm and was very scary. I brought the vehicle to the Jeep dealership and they replaced the power junction block. They said there were multiple codes they found in the system but the fault that leaped out to them was U0200.

- Saint Bonifacius, MN, USA

problem #68

Dec 112009


  • 55,250 miles
My 2006 Jeep Commander seems to have electrical or computer problems, I'm not certain which. Since January 2009 I've had several instances when all the instrument panel lights, the heat, and radio flash on and off while I am driving and all the gauges fluctuate; during this time there is also a clicking sound. I've taken it back to the dealer several times and paid $100 to have their computer evaluate the problem but they found no problems. Recently, on 12/11/09 when the flashing was constant for over 5 miles of driving, I brought it straight to the dealer for an immediate evaluation. I asked if others reported similar problems I was told "no", so I was very surprised to see the number of individuals in your database with similar problems over the past 2 years. The service managers always want me to pay for additional evaluations but I believe this is a defect that needs to be addressed by the manufacturers. When the problem began I only had 55,250 miles on the truck. Currently the problem has gotten worst because it is more frequent and last longer. The dealer has a huge turnover of service managers and mechanics so each time I have to explain in detail what the problem is because the service managers pretend I'm the only one who ever complained about such a problem. I fear that the truck will stall in traffic and kill me or an innocent driver. The problem is I have no other means of transportation and I'm still paying for this truck. What can I do about this problem without resorting to discontinue paying for the defected vehicle? the dealer/service managers report no problems including battery, alternator, and computer working properly so currently I feel stuck and afraid of the ramifications of this defected vehicle.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #67

Jun 012009


  • 50,000 miles
My 2006 Jeep Commander has electrical problems. My lights, interior and exterior flash, flicker and turn on and off randomly.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #66

Oct 052009


  • 57,659 miles
Driving my 2006 Jeep Commander on 635E in dallas, tx, the car just died going 70 mph with 6 lanes of traffic, and I was in the lane next to the hov lane and it had not shoulder, just a concrete wall. Rather that cross 4 lanes of heavy fast traffic with no acceleration in the car, I went into the hov lane which had less traffic and got rear ended but was not a serious wreck as it well could have been. I put my car in park and started it and took the next exit and reported the accident to the police. When I got home I looked up recalls for my Jeep and found the V8 engine had a recall on the front control module since the car would stall on the highway. My car is a V6. I took it to the dealership and they could not find anything wrong. I called Jeep and they said I should take it to another dealership 50 miles away to "see another doctor to find the problem" in the meantime I have to fix the damage from the rear end collision and thank my luck stars I am still alive to fix it. Your campaign number for the recall I referred to is: 08V059000.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #65

Jul 152009


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. She stated that while driving between 60 and 75 mph the vehicle stalled and the check engine light illuminated intermittently. She was able to shut the engine off, restart it, and continue driving normally. The dealer stated that they were not familiar with this type of failure and that there were no existing recalls. They also advised her to have the vehicle inspected; however, she chose not to since there was a fee. The computer indicated that the control module caused the failure to occur. NHTSA campaign 08V059000, electrical system is also related to the failure. The failure mileage was 80000 and current mileage was 82000.

- Saugs, CA, USA

problem #64

Jul 232009


  • 65,000 miles
Have a 2006 Jeep Commander. Lights have been flickering and car has not wanted to start. Found that battery was not holding charge and replaced. Now we drive at speed and the engine begins to race while not increasing speed. Have taken to dealer in cincinnati, northgate and they reset computer but before we could leave the bay area it started making a grinding noise and the check engine light is back on. They say the are going to have the transmission guy look at it and get back to us. I read hundreds of complaints on your site and the majority of them are describing problems that are very similar over the last 3 years. Don't you have enough complaints on this that Chrysler should be doing a recall? after all the government is now deeply invested in Chrysler.

- New Palestine, IN, USA

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