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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 022008


  • miles


There is a 4/07 NHTSA investigation into 2006-7 Jeep Commanders' intermittent and persistent engine stalling problems - supposedly in response to 76 complaints. NHTSA really needs to read its own complaints about this problem, which can be found not only in the Commander line but also in 2005-2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee. There are hundreds of complaints on the internet (, usenet news, etc.) about Jeep vehicles stalling, besides the Commander. I fear that even if Chrysler is finally forced to address the problem under this investigation, they will simply point to the "2006-7 Commanders" portion of the settlement and completely ignore the exact same problem in other years and other models of Jeep. They cannot be allowed to continue waving off their customers, who paid for their products in good faith, and now are not being supported. They need to be forced to acknowledge and rectify this very wide spread problem immediately, before their negligence gets someone killed. Unfortunately, we lowly consumers have little to no power over a giant like Chrysler. That is why we need organizations like the NHTSA to help us. NHTSA, please review your other complaints under the Jeep brand and expand your investigation as appropriate. Anyone else with a Jeep that keeps stalling, please continue to post your complaints here and anywhere else you can find. These stalling problems need to be fixed, and Chrysler needs to take ownership of this dangerous issue immediately.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #5

Feb 242008

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,600 miles
I own a 2006 Jeep Commander 4X4 V8. I have had a ton of problems with it. It makes a terrible wind noise coming from the windshield, my ac sounds like a freight train when switch to or from ac, and the most dangerous is that my car dies while turning on a regular basis. I have taken the car in and the dealer tells me they can not find the problem. I am so annoyed with my death trap. I drive around my 3 kids, my husband, and myself. I fear for ours lives being in this car. It is unsafe and will end up killing someone one day.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #4

Sep 202007

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
My husband and I are leasing a 2006 Jeep Commander since Nov 2005. I have been involved in 3 separate traffic accidents on May 31 2006, August 8 2006 and September 20 2007. The engine stalled during low speed turns on both August 8 2006 and September 20 2007. I had just left a stop sign on May 31 2006 when my engine stalled in the intersection, resulting in a crash. I was cited for failure to yield on May 31 2006. I wasn't cited on August 8 2006 or September 20 2007, although the police report from the September 20 2007 accident describes a "failure to yield." I have also had ongoing tire pressure issues as well as intermittent brake failure issues. Prior to May 31 2006 I had never been involved in a traffic accident nor had I received any traffic citations. I am 48 years old. My vehicle was repaired twice after the first 2 accidents, but I am awaiting contact from the other party's auto insurer before proceeding with the repairs following yesterday's accident. I've brought the 2006 Jeep Commander in to bud mulcahy's Jeep on several occasions. That dealership is now closed.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #3

Aug 102007

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Experienced engine stall and loss of power to instrument panel momentarily while approaching residential 30 mph speed. Had just pulled out of my driveway and was accelerating when it happened. I noticed the stall and looked at the instrument panel, which appeared to be inoperative. Then it 'came back to life' and I tried to accelerate. The engine responded and I kept driving with no other issues.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #2

Apr 282007

Commander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I just read an article in newspaper about the Jeep Commander's stalling problem. This has happened to me, but luckily, not at a high speed on the highway. The Commander has only stalled once on me, actually, within the last week, while driving, but many times it seriously hesitates when I start to accelerate. Questions to dealer said maybe it was poor gas, or a vapor lock (about the stalling)? I never had it documented with them about the stall, now after reading this article, I am concerned. The stall happened within the last week, so it has not been back to dealer. It started right up after I coasted to side of road, and placed in park. Have there been any complaints on the windshield angle, I have gone through three from rocks!!! glass very straight up! I do like the truck though. Purchase date approximate. I do like dealer, and have not addressed this problem to them (stall), because it only happened once, and I was unaware of current problem being looked into. I just wanted you to report mine in with your statistics.

- Holbrook, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 252006

Commander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,400 miles
Truck stalled 4 times twice at medium speeds with my wife and son in vehicle. Dealer could find nothing wrong at time. Happened again last week then happened yesterday twice with my wife driving out of state in the left lane doing 65 mph boom it just shut down couldn't even be started in neutral she had to go into the median strip stop put the vehicle in park and start it. Then 15 minutes later the same thing. The car is now at the dealer and so far told me they can find nothing wrong at this time.

- Wakefield, MA, USA

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