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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,500 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 #2

Sep 292012


  • 72,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving approximately 50 mph, the cruise control was engaged and the vehicle accelerated to approximately 80 mph. The contact had to apply the brakes in order to disengage the cruise control. The vehicle was taken to dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000.

- Tartersville, GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 022006

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
At different times, I and a friend driving my Jeep 2006 5.7L hemi Commander have accidentally shut off the vehicle while driving on a highway doing 65mph while in cruise control. How this happens is like this. Depending on how you sit, when you engage the cruise control, you remove your foot from the accelerator which brings your knee up rather close to the key ignition. If you have anything attached to your key chain such as other keys that dangle down, then all it takes is for you to move your knee to the right thereby knocking the key chain with the dangling keys which will in turn move the key in the ignition to the off position, basically shutting off the engine while you are doing 65mph on the highway. When this happens, you probably wouldn't realize that this is what just took place because you're too busy being a little freaked out about having just lost all engine power but the electrical still works. This has happened 3 times.

- Belmont, NH, USA

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