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:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,090 miles

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #65

Aug 012011

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles


This problem happens year round. Once you put the vehicle into drive, all of the shift lights "prnd" light up and the vehicle won't accelerate. If you are already driving down the road/ freeway, it will randomly light up and stop accelerating. When it randomly occurs, it happens with no warning, and you have to attempt to pull the vehicle over to the side of road, put it into neutral or park or restart the vehicle, and attempt it again. The check engine light will come on and the problem will happen repeatedly over a week period, then the problem will stop for a week or two and then resurface at the worst time- for example an intersection, an on-ramp, a busy street, and it has presented huge safety issues for me and my family. Does it take someone dying for this to get recalled? I have read forum after forum of the same issue amongst consumers with my exact make, model, and year (and earlier models) and yet, when I called Jeep, they say they have never heard of it, there is no recall, and I've been turned away.

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #64

Aug 052011

Commander 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
The vehicle will stall at slow speeds and during idle. No codes are stored in the computer so there is no way for Jeep to track it down. It has had all the recalls corrected according to Jeep.

- Bremen, GA, USA

problem #63

May 052011


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact was driving 50 mph when the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was moved off-road for fifteen minutes and the engine was turned off. The contact was able to restart the vehicle and was taken to a mechanic shop for inspection. The mechanic was unable to locate a failure within the vehicle. The dealer was not contacted and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Three Rivers, TX, USA

problem #62

Jan 022011


  • 90,000 miles


Own a 90,000 2006 Jeep Commander and vehicle froze engine lifters stopped working now I have to pay 1,400 for replacement.

- Pontiac, MI, USA

problem #61

Jul 262010


  • 74,000 miles
I purchased a 2006 Jeep Commander 5.7 L hemi in may of 2009 with 46K miles.shortly after the power steering pump went out, I had it replaced.then the car started to stall pretty much everyday and I took to the dealer and was told it needed a new battery. Two days later the car stalled again on the interstate and this time the dealer told me that I needed a new ignition switch and the problem will be fixed. This reduce the amount of stalls and it will happen about twice a month. Then I was driving with my son in the 3rd row seat and I cut off by another car and had to slam on my brakes the belt buckle broke off and my son end up on the floor. In July 2010 I was driving at about 65 mph and all of the sudden all the lights started to flash and the dash board lit up and engine stalled, I lost the power steering, accelerator become very loose and stuck to the floor, brakes did not work 'I mput the car in neutral and used the emergency brakes to stop. There is smoke coming out of the hood so I got out of the car and called a tow truck. At the dealer I was told that there was a complete engine failure and that I needed a new engine. The car is out of warranty and the cost will be 8K to fix.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #60

Jul 162009


  • 26,700 miles
I own a 2006 Jeep Commander sport. It has stalled on me approximately 4 times. Most recently today it stalled after backing out of my driveway into the street. I have had it in for service in which I believe the map sensor was replaced. This did not fix the issue. I have read numerous issues with this by other Commander owners and thought I would file a incident report as well.

- Lavista, NE, USA

problem #59

Apr 202006


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving at any speed, the vehicle stalls in the middle of the road. The steering wheel locks up and the power steering fails. The contact stated that the steering becomes very difficult and would not move at all on occasion. The failure has been occurring since the vehicle was purchased in 2006. The vehicle has been taken to the dealer numerous times, but they could not duplicate the failure. The vehicle is currently at the dealer and they will replace the egr valve to see if this will correct the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #58

Jan 192009


  • 30,000 miles
2006 Jeep Commander stalled while at a stop and during turn. Loss of steering and brakes for about 5 seconds. Cannot accelerate. This has happened several times. Dealer claims there is nothing wrong. Contacted Chrysler and they contacted dealership. Waiting to hear from dealership.

- New Castle, PA, USA

problem #57

Dec 092008


  • 37,655 miles
My 2006 Jeep Commander 75th anniversary ed 6cl randomly stalls and loses all power while driving. This has happened to me several times while making left hand turns. Most recently it happened to my wife while she was driving my 2 daughters on a busy highway. There is no warning and all power is lost while driving including power steering... the dealership has said they don't know what the problem is and can't fins anything wrong. It's time to sell the beast before my kids get hurt.

- Chesterton, IN, USA

problem #56

Nov 152008


  • 63,000 miles
Reference complaints 10244597, 10247128. Today, driving in the rain, lights dimmed and car hesitated, eventually stalling while in motion. While we were at a stop, the car again stalled and took several tries to restart. I no longer drive with the children in the car, and have not since the previous incident at 61K. I have tried contacting Jeep through my dealer, with no response. Today I sent an email via their website, however, I am not hopeful of any response. This will be the final time I will file a complaint, as I have called the bank and told them to come and get the car. I can only hope that the person who considers purchasing my car, as I am sure another unscrupulous salesman will put the car up for sale, does his or her research and finds the complaints I have filed here and with the pa attorney general's office.

- Milford, PA, USA

problem #55

Jul 102008


  • 15,771 miles


Jan. 1., 07--replace windshield; at 20,853 mi. Rotors warped, needed to be resurfaced; 25,000 air only works on high and low--resistor motor ordered; 30,500, front and rear rotors warped, resurfaced; 32,000 car won't start--nothing found; 36,063, car started, then shut off and would not restart; security control module replaced; 39049, car would not start--towed to dealer replaced immobolizer control module; resistor blower motor finally replaced; resurfaced both front and rear rotors again; 48,010 car won't start; starter replaced starter; resistor blower motor again faulty, replaced motor, resistor and wiring; 50,831won't start again, towed to dealer, battery dead due to unfounded short, cause unknown, installed new battery; 58,0573 won't start, no crank, battery dead would not charge--suspected radio was the culprit replaced battery and radio; 61,5932 towed to dealer will not start battery voltage low checked all charging systems, replaced battery again; 61,700 car would not start--towed to dealer where it remains. I have a car that I owe 18K on that I cannot trade in because of this history it is only worth 8K. Throughout ownership I have had intermittent stalling, constant hesitation in acceleration. Additionally, the rear seat belt has let go and caused my son to hit his face on the back seat. Problems with seat belt latch sliding so that belt will not hook. Cannot see when backing up when my 5 kids are in the car. Tire pressure light comes on often, as does the air bag light. Exterior headlights are tilted so that they look like highbeams. This car is a danger.

- Milford, PA, USA

problem #54

Sep 262008


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 30 mph, the instrument panel warning indicators suddenly began flashing and then completely dimmed. Afterwards, the engine completely shut off as well. The weather conditions were not a factor. The contact stated that the vehicle restarted immediately. The engine light illuminated but then shut off once he arrived at the dealer. The dealer could not find any failures. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 18,000.

- Atwater, OH, USA

problem #53

Jul 112008


  • miles
06' Jeep Commander stalls when completely stopped, when making uturns, and two times when driving at approximately 25-30mph. I have had this complaint for quite sometime and have taken it to the dealership twice, with them brushing it off as if nothing is wrong with the vehicle. If this is not fixed peoples lives on in danger not only the passengers in the vehicles, but surrounding motorist.

- Los Banos, CA, USA

problem #52

Jun 022008

Commander 8-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
Multiple incidents of stalling in traffic while vehicle is idling. Most recent stall included loss of power steering and power brakes.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #51

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 #50

Feb 182008


  • miles
My automobile has stalled twice within the last week, usually while going under 10 mph. During the stall I lose control momentarily as my auto 'lurches, ' forward 1-2 feet.

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #49

Sep 262007

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
Vehicle stalled without warning. Engine completely shutdown. 2nd occurrence.

- Tinker Afb, OK, USA

problem #48

Oct 222007

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
2006 Jeep Commander stalled while driving 75 on the highway.

- Tinker Afb, OK, USA

problem #47

Oct 152007

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 10 mph, the engine stalled and all the warning indicators illuminated. The contact restarted the vehicle. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure; however, they replaced a pump. The name of the pump was unknown. The failure mileage was 15,000 and current mileage was 17,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #46

Aug 012007

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 15 mph or greater, the vehicle stalled without warning, which resulted in a total loss of power. The contact stated that the vehicle would restart on its own within a few seconds. The dealer stated that the sensors failed (sensor type unknown). The contact was uncertain if the sensors were replaced. Approximately two weeks later, the failure recurred. The dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. As of November 8, 2007, the dealer had not completed the inspection. There is a defect investigation open (NHTSA action number EA07007) for the engine and engine cooling. The failure mileage was 35,000 and current mileage was 38,000.

- Columbia, IL, USA

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