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:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,244 miles

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 1 of 9)

problem #161

Jan 042017


  • 134,000 miles


On christmas I backed the Jeep out of the driveway so I could drive my truck. Bumped the curb slightly while parking and vehicle died. Started right back up so I didn't think much of it. Today my wife took the kids to school in it and ran fine. Parked for two hours and went to start and it will crank but not turn over. Fuel guage doesn't read correctly. At full it says half a tank and while you are driving it may drop to below empty with a full tank. I have been reading all the reports about the 2006 Commander and a lot of people seem to be having this starting problem. I haul my family around in it because we can't all fit in my truck but I don't feel safe in it because you never know when it's gonna cut out and die. My kids range from 1 week to 11 and I don't really want them in it. I'm thinking it a fuel pump or wiring issue. Both issues occurred in my driveway or right in front of my house.

- Bartlesville, OK, USA

problem #160

Dec 122016


  • miles
2006 Jeep Commander 4X4 dies at low speed. Almost caused accident on freeway. Had the ignition recall taken care of. Hoping that it was the problem. It was not... now trying to sell vehicle and don't want to cuz I would have to have someone else get hurt. In that death trap the Jeep now sits in my side yard my wife refuses to drive it. I'm looking for any ideas on what to do? please help

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #159

Dec 142016


  • miles
My vehicle stalls and cuts off when stopped at stop signs and traffic lights. The engine also shakes and acts as if it wants to die while driving. I took my vehicle in for recalls after I left the service center it once again cut off at the first stop light I came to.

- Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #158

Jul 202016


  • miles


For the passed 3 years our vehicle has switched gears from drive to 3rd gear, while driving. The vehicle jolts and changes gear for a few months and returns back to normal. We continue to use it at 3rd gear. There is no way to change it back to drive mannually. We've taken it in to auto shops and the symptoms return.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #157

Aug 212015


  • 106,070 miles
I bought my 1st new car ever hoping to keep it forever. I treat it very well all services done on time and with top quality product. At 105,000 miles my valve dropped in the engine ruining the complete block. This happened in my driveway as I started it to leave. Costing me $8,278.40 to replace my engine. After this I have learned this is a common problem to which Chrysler has yet to admit fault! I will hold out hope and keep paying that engine bill fingers crossed someday they will compincate me.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #156

Nov 212016


  • 88 miles
Tranmissiom going out. Gear not shifting into drive.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #155

Nov 082016


  • miles


The vehicle stalls in motion on both residential and highway and loses power steering. Cruise control once you set it acceleration occurs on its own this occurred on the highway. Ignition bumps out of the on position into accessory or off on it's own.

- Terrell, TX, USA

problem #154

Jul 162016


  • 180,588 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The failure recurred two times and the vehicle was able to restart. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was 180,588.

- Storm Lake, IA, USA

problem #153

Oct 252016

Commander 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Takata recall the motor keeps dying while driving. I took it to a mechanic that told me that the motor was defective and the motor has to be replaced. The engine only has less than 85000 miles. The mechanic told us to buy a jasper motor because jasper made changes to the motor because the original motor was defective. Mopar no longer makes the motor and referred us to an aer motor. The parts department at Chrysler said that they are not sure or not if the original mopar motor has made the same changes to the motor that jasper has made. Jasper states that changes have been made to the motor and specifically states that improvements have been made to solve the defective issues of an original 2006 motor. I am not the only one it has happened to. Motors were being replaced at 75,000 miles are a common problem according to google on this model.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #152

Sep 302016


  • 170,000 miles
I went to start my 2006 Jeep Commander and it would turn over, but it would not start. I finally worked with it a little bit and got it to start, but then my power steering went out. I cut it off and tried it again and everything went back to normal. However, when I got going, there was a horrible gas smell coming from the rear of the vehicle. This starting issue has happened multiple times and every time the power steering goes out. The vehicle was stationary at a public place after it had been running for about 30 minutes.

- Luray, VA, USA

problem #151

Aug 132014


  • 80,000 miles


All the electrical components go off and on I.e. A/C, lights on the dashboard and radio then causes the breaks to stop working, while driving! the car keeps stalling out especially while driving and in park!!!

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #150

Sep 022015


  • miles
I received recalls P73 and P41 called sorg Dodge in goshen and downey Chrysler Jeep in nappanee in Sept of 2015 needless to say no one will do the recall work. I have had nothing but the run around since these came out. What am I suppose to do??

- Elkhart, IN, USA

problem #149

Feb 012015


  • miles
See doc I had to replace engiine and now the company that did might responsible for it as well need a attorney or a BBB for help

- Clovis, CA, USA

problem #148

May 262016


  • 80,400 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. When the vehicle was started, it failed to move without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the engine was destroyed due to the valve being vacuumed into piston #4 and the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 80,400. The VIN was not provided. Updated 08/17/16

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #147

Apr 302016


  • 128,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 70 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact had to maneuver to the side of the road and noticed all the warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was shifted to park and restarted normally but the check engine warning indicator was illuminated. The contact stated also that the same failure occurred for approximately three years. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The vehicle was repaired under an ignition switch manufacturers recall two years ago. The vehicle was not repaired this time. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 128,000. The VIN was not available.

- Ocomonowoc, WI, USA

problem #146

May 082016


  • 160,000 miles
When driving on the highway the vehicles engine just stops. Power steering is gone if you have to maneuver out of the way it's very difficult when decelerating it seems to down shift very hard like going form 4th to 1st the dash lights flash randomly when ever they feel like it. I've been thru 3 fan speed controls fir the heater this has been happening for the last 2 years

- Hope, MI, USA

problem #145

May 072016


  • 110,000 miles
I purchased the vehicle in 2010 and within a month some electrical issues were intermittently occurring. The dealer said the ignition had to be replaced and did so. These problems seemed to continue thought not often. The symptoms are as follows-first the lights start flickering and then go out. All of the dash components go out including the speedometer, fuel gage, radio etc. The ac fan also turned off. This condition did not stop the vehicle from running it just turned off the electrical components there was however a problem with stalling, a separate issue from the electrical issue., a few times while in the vehicle was stopped it would stall when stopping or starting off again. This was true in reverse and forward. I was never really worried about safety until last night when the lights went out while driving on a dark curvy country road. It was only for a few seconds but it was terrifying. This issue needs to be dealt with. In 2015 there were several recalls issued and they seemed to be related to the problems I was having. I had all of the recall notices dealt with. The software upgrades and the ignition replacement. This didn't solve the problem. In fact

- Great Barrington, MA, USA

problem #144

Apr 152016


  • miles
When driving my Jeep Commander it stalls. It happens when I am stopped and try to go or when I slow down then try and accelerate. My life has been at risk when this happens. One of the times I was driving on the interstate going 65mph and it stalled. I am extremely upset about this especially since I have a 2 year old son that is in the car with me.

- Goshen, IN, USA

problem #143

Apr 232016


  • 97,000 miles
Shuts off without warning while driving ignition switch was replaced dealer can, T find any other problem I was on the highway 3 times and a couple times on a local street

- Middlesex, NJ, USA

problem #142

Apr 182016


  • 111,117 miles
Stalling problems while driving. This issue has been going on for over a year now, I was told by Jeep to get P41 recall repaired and possibly fix the problem. I've had P41 done and the same problem keeps happening. Everything just completely shuts down and I am unable to steer and have to restart the engine. This has happened to me numerous of times including driving on the freeway. I've contacted Jeep customer service, I was told I was the only one they know of regarding this issue which is not true. Another problem is dashboard lights will light up on and off while driving. All light indicators will stay on for period of time until car is restarted again.

- Renton, WA, USA

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