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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
72,771 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. remove carbon build up on the valves (1 reports)
  3. replace O2 sensor (1 reports)
2006 Jeep Commander engine problems

engine problem

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 242015

Commander 3.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles


Every time a part is replaced the check engine light comes back on after a day or two. Then another part has to be replaced. It never ends. Been fixing this thing for six months now. Replaced the whole top half of the engine at a cost of about $3900. Now it doesn't run at all. Might need to replace the whole bottom half. Looks like this is all well known, but Jeep has yet to let people know that you need to just replace the whole engine. The dealerships are no help either.

- , Bernalillo, NM, USA

problem #4

Dec 012006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

this car is a threat. you could be driving calmly at 20 to 70 mph and all of a sudden your car jerks and seems like it will turn off on you, engine light blinks and continue running or it repeats without you doing anything that if someone was to be tailgating they could hit you from behind cause it seems car wants to turn off.

- , Bellerose, NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 022011

Commander 3.7L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Only a problem because one cannot pass emissions test in MA with a check engine light on. No noticeable difference in performance.

- , Revere, MA, USA

problem #2

May 012008

Commander Limited Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles

This problem has persisted to this day. Have been taking the truck to the auto mechanics for going on 3 years. No one seems to be able to diagnose with a solution at the end. We have just gotten her out of the shop today. Today's bill was $948 and we are advised to trade before its too late.

- , Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #1

Aug 032009

Commander SXT 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,857 miles

I just bought tires to pass inspection and brought the jeep to the dealer to have NYSI. The check engine light had been on and I brought it to the dealer multiple times. They said it was a miss. I just had them do the plugs so I told them to figure out what the problem is. They did a pressure test and found that two of the cylinders were low. They pulled the top of the engine off and found such carbon build up that the valves could not properly seat. I dont use cheap gas and it is all highway miles so how did this happen?

- , Savannah, NY, USA

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