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 1 of 9)

problem #173

Apr 272015

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 134,000 miles


I was driving my 2006 Jeep Commander down the interstate when it jumped into 3rd gear and the check engine light came on. I pulled over at the next exit and turned the car off. I started the car again and put it in drive and it still goes to 3rd gear and the check engine light remains on. My vehicle is currently at Firestone and I'm waiting to get a call about my truck. Has anyone else experienced this issue and if so, how was it resolved?

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #172

Apr 152015

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
My car has a recall, manufacturer recall number P41. It is a very dangerous issue and the manufacturer states recall incomplete, remedy not yet available. Yet they say this may result in loss of engine power, power steering, and braking assist increasing the risk of a crash and disabling one or more of the vehicles safety features including the frontal airbags. I have not even been officially notified. I had another issue and came across this. I went to my dealer and they said they couldn't fix it yet, and they can not provide me with a rental. They have known about this since September 3, 2014. Why isn't something being done to protect the people on the roads.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #171

May 072013

Commander 8-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
I was driving down the highway at 60 mph and completely out of the blue the car shut off and cars were honking and I had to get the car to the side of the road and engine light came on. I sat there and waited to make sure the car was not overheating or anything else but no lights had come on or any type of warning. I then started the car back up and it ran fine but the engine light had come on. I took the car in to get fixed and they said it was a loose air filter box. I fixed this and did not have the problem for about a year and then the other day driving down the road at 50 mph the car shutoff. Its very scary for a car to suddenly shut off with no warning whatsoever and I'm so afraid I will get into an accident. I just had a recall done to the car and they thought it would take care of it but it is still doing it. I just paid this car off and really I am scared to drive it now.

- New Carlisle , OH, USA

problem #170

Jul 152012

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle stalled. The failure occurred intermittently at different speeds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated the PCV valve would have to be replaced. After the repair, the failure continued. The throttle position sensor and the mat sensor were replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000. Updated 7/22/13 the vehicle completely shut down. It re-started immediately after coming to a complete stop and turning the ignition off and back on.

- Beaufort, SC, USA

problem #169

Aug 222012


  • 102,300 miles
I was pulling out of a gas station, when my Commander stalled. Its the second time in two months that this has happened. I looked online and found that hundreds of Commander owners are having the same problem.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #168

Jun 202012

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Vehicle stalls while driving without any warning at various speeds, various conditions, and various situations.

- Robersonville, NC, USA

problem #167

Apr 042012

Commander 8-cyl

  • 79,500 miles


06/16/12 - waiting at a red light on a major intersection, I began accelerating to make a left turn. The 2006 Jeep Commander drove about 4 feet and suddenly with no warning it stalled and shut down. The 2006 Jeep Commander does not turn on any warning lights, it does allow for quick start up. It is a very dangerous issue because it has happen 4 different times, with no solution and at various speed. This truck is an accident waiting to happen.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #166

Apr 042012

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
The vehicle has kind of been stalling a bit, but been okay. Well, on the highway last night, the vehicle completely shut down and fortunately was able to guide off to the shoulder in rush hour traffic on the interstate.

- Shawnee, KS, USA

problem #165

Mar 232012


  • 101,220 miles
The air conditioner made a loud noise and then smoke began pouring out of the engine compartment. I observed smoke coming from the air conditioner compressor. I had to put the fire out with water.

- Clayton, NC, USA

problem #164

Mar 052007

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • 30,332 miles
In the 5 years I have owned the 2006 Jeep Commander it has stalled while driving, stalled while parked. This happens at no set frequency. Sometimes it happens daily, other times it will go for months and not happen. The dash lights repeatedly flash off and on. Some dash lights don't work at all for months then like magic work fine for months. The vehicle sputters when accelerating all the time and at different speeds. If I am crossing or turining I need to make sure I have like 2 miles between me and oncoming traffic in case it decides to not work that time and I get stuck in the intersection. The cruise control no longer works. Luckily the computer went out that controls the cruise so I can't use it. The cruise used to just speed up and slow down on its own. I will be driving along and all of a sudden without notice the car will floor itself and not stop until I put the car in neutral. Regardless of what temperature I have the heater set to there is constantly extremely hot air blowing on my feet. I can not drive without shoes on or the hot air literally burns my feet. Overall- there are some serious electrical and mechanical issues with the Jeep Commander. I googled Jeep Commander and there are hundreds (I am sure thousands) of similar complaints.

- Mayer, MN, USA

problem #163

Feb 012008

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


The interior electrical lighting systems often goes out while driving in below freezing temperatures. This includes all speedometer, tachometer, and dash lights for all controls. This has been a problem since I purchased the vehicle new in February 2007. After five years, the led lights illuminating the switches for the fan speed, temperature control, and heated seats. I reported this under warranty but now I am told I am responsible for repair. The dealership cannot find the electrical fault. The led switch bulbs cannot simply be replaced as the entire unit for each control must be replaced. The engine was making a pinging sound and the dealership diagnosed it wrong 3 times. This should have been repaired under warranty when first reported. Many months later after warranty lapsed the dealership's corrective fix was replacing one side of the engine's hydraulic lifters. This made the problem a bit better but did not resolve it.

- New Albany, OH, USA

problem #162

Jun 012011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
2006 Jeep Commander does not start. We have to try about 30 times sometimes to get it to start. It just makes a clicking noise. Also the Jeep Commander will stall while driving. (very dangerous) especially with two kids. Another problem is it gets stuck in low gear or 4X4 (not sure which). I have read complaint after complaint on the internet about these same problems with many many 2006 Commanders. I am very displeased with how Jeep has swept these problems under the carpet. Yes, they have had a few recalls, but nothing to fix these very serious and very dangerous defects. Please help, as we spent a good amount of money on what we thought and needed to be a reliable vehicle. It is not reliable at all.

- Hutchinson, KS, USA

problem #161

Jan 012010


  • 50,000 miles
The stalling problems with my Jeep started the first week I bought it. It had 17,000 miles. It would idle and then stall at stop lights or when parked or just shut down while driving. Luckily each time I was able to get to the side of the road without being hit by another vehicle. Other problems include not starting sporadically. Battery has been replaced twice, alternator replaced. In the shop 5 different times for this same problem and they tell me nothing is wrong with it. Other models from the same year were recalled for similar issues but my vehicle was not included in the recall. Also, seat belt in 2nd row does not latch. Chrysler needs to do something because there are 700+ complaints on here for the same issue and no one can tell me what is wrong!!

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #160

Sep 202011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 58,612 miles
I own a 2006 Jeep Commander ltd. With the 5.7L hemi. Date of manufacturer was 06/06. In the past year my Commander has began stalling out sporadically while stopped completely. It occurs at any time, night or day, usually only when the engine is cold or cool. The problem occurs when I come to a complete stop at a stop sign, stop light, or any other complete stop in drive or reverse. When I come to a complete stop the RPM's drop and the vehicle stalls out. No warning lights or check engine lights show up on the dash. When it occurs at night all the external vehicle lights turn off, thus making me and my vehicle vulnerable to other traffic. It does not trip a code in the computer so the dealer cannot diagnose the problem. The first time I took my vehicle in for maintenance regarding the problem the dealer recommended I replace the egr valve so I did what they recommended. The problem still occurs. The dealer advised me that they cannot duplicate the problem therefore there is nothing they can do to correct the problem. When my vehicle stalls out it typically will do it 3-5 additional times per trip and it happens at least once per week. I have read that numerous people are having the same problems and Jeep has no fix. I am very concerned with this problem because it is unsafe as I was nearly struck by another vehicle. Recently I was traveling down the street at night and was preparing to turn left at a stop light. I stopped in the middle of the intersection to wait for the oncoming traffic to pass, when my car stalled out and all of the lights turned off (headlights, running lights, etc) making my vehicle completely invisible to traffic. I was unable to move the vehicle until I placed it in neutral and had to restart the engine and move out of the intersection. Please look further into this problem with 2006 Jeep Commanders as this is not something that should happen.

- South Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #159

Oct 052010


  • 70,000 miles
Multiple times; while driving vehicle stalls. Vehicle fluctuates while idling and then finally stalls.

- Yukon, OK, USA

problem #158

Jan 122012


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle stalled unexpectedly. The contact was able to restart the vehicle and resume normal operation. The manufacturer was contacted and denied any assistance with repairs to the vehicle. The approximate failure and the current mileage was 120,000.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #157

Jul 242009

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
Problems began 1 day after Commander went in to dealer for the regular 3,000mile oil change, that car was returned to me after that oil change, as 'good to go'; w/in 24 hours of that oil change, the Commander would not start and required a new starter (30K miles). After the starter was replaced, the Commander was stalling if - in the middle of a slight incline it had to brake and then resume - at the resume it would stall. Also, after starter replaced dashboard lights blinking; transmission cooler lines leaking, power steering line from pump to cooler leaking, and front and back brake rotors had to be replaced (42K miles) 60K miles, the cruise control turns on by itself and the rear park assist turns off by itself; the water leak into front passenger well. Speaking with custom relations at Chrysler corporate regarding cruise control, rear assist and water leak problems they told me that they were not aware of these being a problem for most Commander customers; however, Chrysler Jeep is aware of these problems as evidenced by the technical service bulletins published on them yet Chrysler Jeep does not issue a recall/take fiscal responsibility for their manufacturer defects. More: Chrysler Jeep expects me to pay them to diagnose the problems so that then so long as I have paid a dealer to repair them they will consider (not necessarily approve; in the past they have in fact denied me reimbusement to fix these problems for which they have technical service bulletins on) refunding me total or partial cost of repairs. More: I was only informed of a safety recall regarding ebc module (brake) when I called in last week (12/2011) regarding the water leak & cruise control problem. Making this more poignant, the reason for this recall - that I was not notified about when it was first issued- is a brake issue that I had detailed to Chrysler Jeep in 2009!

- New York, NY, USA

problem #156

Oct 012009

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
I filed a previous complaint regarding my 2006 Jeep Commander 5.7 L hemi regarding the engine light coming on and the hesitation you get when you are driving. I was told that the PCM sensor needed replaced and it has been but the problem is still there. We have had the O2 sensor replaced twice, the gas filter replaced, transmission fluid and filter changed, my Jeep has been in the shop many times for this same problem and they cannot duplicate the problem on some visits. This is a huge safety concern if my Jeep were to stall from hesitation this could cause a deadly accident. I have no idea where to go from here but I will keep on going until I get someone to listen and correct this problem or take these vehicles off the road.

- Sissonville, WV, USA

problem #155

Dec 132011


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle coasted to a stop and the contact was able to restart the engine after three attempts. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and the contact was awaiting a response. The failure and the current mileages were 95,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #154

Oct 162006


  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the vehicle would stall without warning. The manufacturer was contacted, but denied any assistance with repairs to the defect. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 8,000 and the current mileage was 26,800.

- Elsegundo, CA, USA

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