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 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,838 miles

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 3 of 9)

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problem #133

Jan 312006


  • 10 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While stopped or idling he noticed the lights on the dashboard would dim and the engine would act as if it were going to stall. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to diagnose the failure. He replaced the battery himself but the failure continued to recur. While driving approximately 70 mph the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was pulled over and after repeated attempts he was able to get it to start. The vehicle then operated as normal. It was not taken to be examined for the cause of failure and was not repaired. The failure mileage was 10 and the current mileage was 39,848.

- Parkland, FL, USA

problem #132

Aug 152010


  • 22,200 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact was driving 50 mph when the vehicle began to hesitate. The dealer advised having the vehicle diagnosed at the contact's expense. The contact declined. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 22,200.

- Irvington, NJ, USA

problem #131

Jun 282010

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
My 2006 Jeep Commander shut off while I was driving at 40mph this week. I lost power steering, my acceleration, and then the whole car shut down. I brought it to Jeep and the found absolutely nothing wrong with the car and are not providing any resolution to what I am supposed to do with the car.

- Red Bank, NJ, USA

problem #130

Jun 222010


  • 47,000 miles


My 2006 Jeep Commander has now stalled 4 times for no apparent reason. The engine dies and I lose power steering and brakes. The first time was when I was pulling into a parking lot. I managed to restart it and no harm was done. The second time I was pulling out of my driveway, and again I was able to restart it and no harm was done. The third time was last week. This time it stalled and I could not restart it. I had it towed to a dealer, sherman Jeep in skokie, il, for repairs. They had it a week and charged me $616 and could not give me a satisfactory explanation as to why it stalled. On the way home from the dealership I took the expressway and the car stalled at 65 mph in heavy traffic. It was extremely difficult to control and I almost collided with a truck. I thought I was going to die. I managed to get it over to the side of the road, but it would not immediately start. After about 15 minutes I tried it again, and this time it started. I got home, but I am scared to death to drive this car.

- Park Ridge, IL, USA

problem #129

Mar 082008


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving approximately 62 mph, all of the warning light indicators illuminated on the instrument panel and then the engine stalled. The contact shifted the gear into neutral and restarted the vehicle. He then shifted into drive andthe vehicle was able to continue normally. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The technician was unable to locate the problem. The identical failures occurred on two separate occasions, however there was a burning odor. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 20,000.

- Kings Mt. , NC, USA

problem #128

May 242010

Commander 8-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
I have a 2006 Jeep Commander limited V8 5.7L hemi. It is a low mileage vehicle, always garaged and never been in an accident. About 6 months ago it began stalling when going from reverse to drive. The electrical did not go off, the engine simply stalled. This happened countless times easily 20+ occurrences. We took it to the dealer and they couldn't find anything wrong with it, they told us to use higher octane fuel and they updated the software in the car... a week later my wife was at work and it would not even turn over even though all of the electrical components worked fine. We had it towed and they replaced the battery and told us that was the problem. Yesterday I was driving the truck, it was in drive and as I slowed to a stop it stalled - again the electrical remained on. We took it to the dealer this morning and they told us it was not part of the original recall and they needed to keep it, but couldn't tell us what was wrong, we called Chrysler and they couldn't tell us anything either. I have two young children and this could be horrible if this happened on the highway.

- University Heights, OH, USA

problem #127

Mar 212010


  • 54,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated while driving at approximate speeds of 60 mph, the vehicle stalled followed by an illumination of the check engine and brake warning lights. The vehicle was moved off the roadway and when restarting, the vehicle resumed normal operation. The dealer advised the vehicle was not under recall and would not provide any further assistance. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure persisted. The failure mileage was approximately 54,000 and the current mileage was 55,000.

- Keller , TX, USA

problem #126

May 022010


  • 37,150 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle stalled followed by the illumination of the check engine light. He was able to move the vehicle off of the road and restart it. The dealer cleaned the PCM and replaced the drivers door wiring harness. The failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where he was awaiting a diagnosis of the failure. The manufacturer was contacted but would not provide any assistance. The failure mileage was 37,150 and the current mileage was 57,300.

- Gurnee, IL, USA

problem #125

Apr 292009


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving between 35 and 40 mph, the check engine light illuminated followed by an unusual increase in engine rpms. The vehicle then became hesitant as if the contact was driving in neutral. The contact confirmed that the failure has occurred several times intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer four times to assess the failure but the dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 56,000 and the current mileage was 63,000.

- Bluefield , WV, USA

problem #124

Oct 232009


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The vehicle suddenly stalled without warning while driving approximately 40 mph. The radio and headlights stayed on but the engine shut off. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the cam crank sensor was repaired but the failure continued to occur. The check engine began to illuminate before the failure occurred and when the accelerator pedal was depressed, the contact heard a grinding noise. The failure mileage was approximately 56,000. The current mileage was approximately 63,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #123

Apr 022010


  • 61,000 miles


My 2006 Jeep Commander (hemi 5.7) engine stalled and lost all power at 75 mph on the highway. My 3 kids, wife and imyself could have been killed. It has also stalled 4 other times on the road at slow speeds. All the electrical controls are lost and the vehicle stalles until I shut it off then on again.

- Oak Lawn , IL, USA

problem #122

Jun 152006


  • 2,000 miles
Leased a 2006 chrsyler Jeep Commander brand new off the car lot to experience stalling multiple times approximately 2-3 months from the beginning of my lease. Stalling occurred over 12X. I took the car in for servicing more than 4 times to be told that the car's computer was not registering the problem. Then, I filed under the Florida state lemon law to receive not action. Presently, I have been in litigation vs. Chrysler, under the warranty act, since to no avail.

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #121

Feb 022010

Commander 4WD

  • 22,000 miles
2006 Jeep Commander 5.7 L hemi 4X4 first incident @ around 22,000 miles current miles on vehicle 50,100 miles engine stalls frequently when driving forward or reverse and when coming to a stop. Will stall at anytime with loss of all power (steering and braking) and engine will completely shut off by itself. Happened more than 30+ times since we purchased the vehicle in 2006. Since then, even when the service adviser experience the vehicle stall in their service drop off area the vehicle check engine light nor codes came on so the dealer can not trace the issue. Vehicle was still in factory warranty and is now in extended warranty. The dealer stated that it needs a tune up ($700). We had it service for the tune up and the vehicle continued to stall. The dealer then stated that we needed to change the battery ($300), so we had it serviced again and the vehicle still continue to stall. Contacted Chrysler Corp. And seemed like there was nothing that they can do to trouble shoot this stalling issue. I haven't received a reply back from them in 3 weeks now. I don't want my family or any other families out there to be the first to get into an accident for Chrysler Corp. To take action.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #120

Sep 222009


  • 70,149 miles
I have a 2006 Jeep Commander that has stalled 4-5 while driving in normal traffic conditions both at normal speeds as well as when approaching a stop. I have to shift the car to neutral T restart or stop and restart the vehicle. This presents a very dangerous situation as my wife and child drive/ride in the vehicle daily. We have to take the vehicle to two different dealers on three different occasions and spent hundreds of dollars to fix the issue but the problem persists. This is a serious safety that should be addressed.

- Brown Deer, WI, USA

problem #119

Jun 012009


  • 31,000 miles
2006 Jeep Commander stalls. Dealership cannot determine cause nor replicate the problem.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #118

Jun 102009

Commander 8-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact experienced a no start condition when attempting to start the vehicle. In addition, the vehicle stalls without warning. She is in the process of having the vehicle inspected to determine the cause of the failures. The failure and current mileages were 44,000. Updated 7/23/09 the consumer stated on several occasions when she applied the brake, the vehicle acted as though it didn't want to stop. Also there were times when the engine would not start and the lights would flicker on and off and all of the gauges would act erratic. The sunroof drain tube was blocked, which was causing water to enter the vehicle. Updated 07/30/09.

- Sharon, MA, USA

problem #117

Feb 012007

Commander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving various speeds, the vehicle would jerk and all the instrumental panel lights would flicker. The failures have occurred ever since the vehicle was purchased. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and they continued to state that the engine and transmission failed. The vehicle was repaired five or six times under warranty within the past two years. Recently, the vehicle would not restart after it was turned off. The failure mileage was 26,000 and current mileage was 80,000. Updated 062909 the dealer discovered the front pump and torque converter were damaged. The number 6 cylinder misfired and the coil was cracked which was allowing water to get into the plugs. Updated 07/02/09.

- Follansbe, WV, USA

problem #116

Mar 032009


  • 28,880 miles
Driving, turning right into parking spot and car just died, engine just stopped. Turned key and started again. Not sure if had to do with power steering because I had it turned tight or engine stall..which I have seen reported.

- Litchfield, NH, USA

problem #115

Mar 012009

Commander 6-cyl

  • 15,550 miles
Just bought 2006 Jeep Commander (3.7L V6 4X4) used with 14K miles, clean car fax report within first 36 hours of ownership speed sensor went out resulting in service approximately 2 weeks after ownership I stalled with my 8 and a half month pregnant wife on the interstate. We just had it towed to the dealership and am questioning whether or not this vehicle will be safe for my wife and child. Waiting until something disastrous happens to do something is not a good policy and feel that is the only thing that will cause the government to do something.

- North Charleston, SC, USA

problem #114

Dec 202008


  • 38,000 miles
Leaking coolant- water pump in 2006 Commander needed to be replaced at 38,000 miles. I have also had problems with the fabric seats staining.

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

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