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:
50,050 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 #9

Nov 122014

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the headlights would not illuminate. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 81,000. Updated 09/18/15 the consumer would not drive at night due to the lights being inoperable. Updated 3/23/16

- Stratford, CT, USA

problem #8

Jan 132014


  • 93,200 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving various speeds, the entire instrument panel illuminated and the headlights dimmed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing, but the results were unavailable. The manufacturer was notified. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 93,200.

- Glenn Dale, MD, USA

problem #7

Jun 252007

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,128 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 21,128 and the current mileage was 84,000. Updated 08/28/12 updated 09/24/2012

- Pensacola , FL, USA

problem #6

Jul 092009


  • 105,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The headlights began flashing on and off intermittently. The lights within the instrument control panel are not illuminated. The dealer was not notified. There are no recalls or warranties related to the failure. The failure mileage was 105,000.

- Cleveland Heights, OH, USA

problem #5

Mar 152009


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. She stated that intermittently while driving the head lamps and lights on the instrument control panel failed. The impairment of visibility while driving increased the risk of a vehicle crash. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility and a mechanic replaced the battery. The failure resurfaced after the vehicle was repaired. She is in the process of having the vehicle inspected and repaired by the dealer. The failure mileage was 55000. The current mileage was 63000.

- Meisa, AZ, USA

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problem #4

Jun 142009


  • 38,000 miles
My 2006 Jeep Commander has headlights that go off randomly. This has a problem from the purchase and has continued. It's never been fixed and this is truly a dangerous situation.

- Delmar, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 182007

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving between 50-60 mph, the headlights would dim intermittently and illuminate again after approximately one minute. The interior lights completely failed and would flash when the door was ajar. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer. The failure mileage was 39,000 and current mileage was 40,300.

- Swanee, GA, USA

problem #2

Dec 052007

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,122 miles
November 24 evening leaving fuji (children in car) November 30 morning on way to work ? hit mailbox (baby in car) December 5 morning on way to work ? dies turning out of subdivision and stalls in middle of street (baby in car) there was one other instance when I had all kids with me?it was prior to Nov 24 but I do not recall the actual date all of the instances the engine stalled, the lights (when on) went out, I lost the ability to steer and brake as well. The mph ranged from 4 or 5 mph to 35 mph. There were times when it was warm and days that it was cold. Nothing seemed to standout as a possible "trigger" I took car to dealer after the November 24th incident. Tony in the service department said there was really nothing that they could do unless it was a problem they could "make happen" when they drove it. A few days later I wrecked into a mailbox when my Jeep stalled and I lost steering and braking capability....I am lucky it was not head on with a large truck or a tree.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #1

Nov 152006

Commander 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
I purchased a 2006 Jeep Commander last year. I have had the following items replaced on my Jeep front passenger interior door panel. Strange noise coming from my car that sounded like playing cards in bike tires ended with replacing front axel ring and pinion. Car kept popping out of gear the entire gear shift was replaced. My passenger window had to be fixed it kept sticking halfway up. I had a problem where my car kept stalling. I was told the first time that no error appears on the computer and Jeep knew of no issue with cars stalling so maybe it was bad gas. It died several more times and finally they did replace a part inside the idol. I also had an issue where my headlights kept turning off as I drove or would flash on and off. They replaced the headlight switch. I have had the rubber stripping from my back driver side window come off and now it is occurring on the passenger side. From the beginning I have told them I do not feel my transmission is working properly that it shifts hard and when I shift from reverse to drive there is a big hesitation. I have been told no error is appearing on computer and that Jeep as usual has no known issues so they had no suggestions. Once again they thought it was a gas issue moving from winter to summer blend. The last time I had it in when it was stalling I told them it the transmission was still hesitating and would make a pop noise at times then it would go. It is still occurring and at times the car acts like it might not shift into drive. I am satisfied with how my dealership is working with me they are doing their best to help me. I blame Jeep/Chrysler all you have to do is search the web to see that there are so many others just like me with the exact same issue. They need to recall these cars now and if they can not find the problem then replace them for us.

- Wyoming, IL, USA

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