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:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,454 miles

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #29

Sep 092015


  • 134,000 miles


I drive 26 miles one way to work and then the same back home. On my way to work September 9, 2015 I was driving 40 mph and putting on cruise control and it revved up to 7 rpms and I was doing 95 within about 20 seconds. I am unable to use cruise control because instantly it revs up and I am a danger to those on the road. So far nothing happens when the cruise control is off. It happened again today. It should be put on the recall list as this is deadly on the freeway.

- Molalla, OR, USA

problem #28

Jun 112015


  • 182,000 miles
My airbags in my vehicle would shut off on there own then my lights started turning on and off as I drove.. thats the day im driving home with my kids and my car stalls out in the middle of the road tryed everything wouldnt start but windows worked except front and lights but no power. I had it towed to Jeep and they insisted it was my battery.I go get my truck and as im driving all my lights come back on and all my gauges no longer worked, airbags no longer worked. They put it on the computer and P41 code came on which is my ignition switch recall from Chrysler.Jeep had me contact Chrysler and they said that part wont be available no time soon and they were going to put me in a rental. The next day Chrysler contacted Jeep and then Jeep said they have no idea its some electrical but they cant guarantee so I called the manager and told them its unacceptable I am without a car because Chrysler wont fix the recall its a safety issue and they told me they cant do anything

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #27

Jul 012013


  • 50,000 miles
Driver side rear door handle breaks easily which could prevent someone from opening door from inside in the event of crash, fire or water incident. I have owned 2 of this same car - same make model and year, and both cars had the same identical problem.

- Lake Mary, FL, USA

problem #26

Jun 062014


  • 115,616 miles


Prior to 06-06-14 @115,616 miles began noticing issues with vehicle not starting. After several attempts vehicle would start. However knowing this was a re-occurring issue the vehicle was taken to the service dept. To be inspected (dealership of purchase and all maintenance/repairs performed at same location). 23 point inspection preformed, starter was checked out and found to be bad. The starter assembly was replaced. 12-29-14 @ 121,251 miles regular maintenance programed followed (I.e.) lube, oil and filter. 23 point inspection preformed for the 120,000 miles service: Replaced the air filter and PCV valve, flushed the cooling system, replaced rear wiper blades, removed throttle body and cleaned, induction service, replaced the frt crank seal, cleaned and replaced the serpt belt. Replaced the frt brake pads and rotors. 01-13-15 @ 121,854 miles vehicle taken to service dept. Due to engine light coming on and flashing while driving to work the day before. Very alarming situation related to engine light on and flashing, vehicle seeming to have poor acceleration and not wanting to pick up any speed even when gas pedal pressed. Tested and checked, traced found #3 injector, wiring and connector "chewed up". the injector and connector assembly were replaced. System retested. 05-11-15 @ 124,424 miles perform lube, oil and filter at service dept. 06-29-15 @ 125,572 miles vehicle's engine light on. Taken to service department. 3 or 4 codes on diagnostic test. Could be engine misfire or transmission. Codes cleared told to bring back in if engine light comes on again. Next day engine light back on and vehicle back to service dept..injector #4 bleeding:replace injector, spark plugs and preformed induction service. "nothing you could have done to prevent it has to do w/ seals inside engine." Temp sensor in transmission replaced, torque converter replaced.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #25

Jun 012015


  • 100,000 miles
3 of 4 door handles now broken - serious safety issue.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

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problem #24

Jun 272015


  • 79,286 miles
After a few minutes car will shut off. Im at a stop sign it shuts off, I am yielding to oncoming traffic it shuts off. The vehicle revs up in park.

- Gastonia, NC, USA

problem #23

Jun 092013


  • miles


Driver and passenger door handles. Both handles have snapped causing the flimsy plastic panel to break. This requires the entire panel be changed. Very expensive and dangerous makes opening these doors very difficult.

- Ciales, PR, USA

problem #22

Jun 092015


  • 129,000 miles
Recall notice back in Sept. Still no status. How long does it take for a safety recall. One life to many I'm guessing. Another issue to look at is the door handle issue. If an accident did occur how would you get out?

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #21

May 132015


  • 115,000 miles
Transmission over temp warning came across the dashboard and continued after truck was turned off and back on. Coolant and temps levels are normal. Warning has continued to come on past couple days at 60 degree weather with no reasoning as to why. No electrical failures or other problems exist.

- Merrimack , NH, USA

problem #20

Mar 022015

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
I received a recall notification many months ago on my Jeep, but I continue to call my local dealer for a replacement of this part - to which they continue to tell me the part if not available. Can you tell me when this part if going to be available? once a recall is issued, a part to repair the recall should be available.

- Weatherford, OK, USA

problem #19

May 012013


  • 90,000 miles


The interior door handles are broken. You cannot open the doors from the inside. If inside the vehicle you have to roll down the window to open the door. The doors and handles have not been abused, and have only been subjected to normal everyday use.

- Paducah, KY, USA

problem #18

Apr 272012

Commander 8-cyl

  • 700,280 miles
My vehicle stalls out, without warning. The first time it happened, I was attempting to accelerate from a stopped position. Also, have experience the identical problem while turning and or on a highway.

- Glassboro, NJ, USA

problem #17

Feb 012010

Commander 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Apparently there is/was a defect in either the design or production of the door handle assembly in the 2006 Jeep Commanders. The plastic housing which contains the door opening mechanism becomes too brittle and cracks rendering the opening mechanism inoperable. On my Commander all but one door is affected. At the moment, only two out of the four doors work, the front-side passenger and the driver-side rear. If this vehicle was in an accident in which there was a need to exit quickly (fire or water), the lives of my family would be in extreme jeopardy. I posted a video on youtube, and have heard from many other with the same issue. Chrysler Jeep produced approximately 80,000 of these vehicles in 2006. I truly believe there are thousands of there Jeep Commanders on the road with this same issue. In fact the condition is so prevalent; one company is producing an after-market repair kit. Please see my video at the following link:

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #16

Apr 012011


  • 74,152 miles
There is a major design flaw with the inner door handles on my 2006 Jeep Commander. I know Jeep changed the design in 2008 due to this problem. The housing and hinge are made entirely of plastic and are very brittle. After a few years of use the plastic starts to crack then break away and the inner handle will not function. This poor design in itself should be a $10 fix but unfortunately in order to replace the handle you are forced to replace the entire inner door panel. Why is my family potentially being put in harms way for a part that could be easily improved to prevent failure?

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #15

May 142012

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 65,878 miles
Vehicle stalls. Approximately 2 years ago vehicle was doing the same thing. Replaced the map sensor. Now it is doing it again. Jeep has a recall but it is only the 2006 Commander built in certain plants.

- Islip , NY, USA

problem #14

Mar 282012

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Stalled while driving.

- Sheboygan Falls, WI, USA

problem #13

Dec 302011

Commander 6-cyl

  • miles
All interior door handles are cracked and 2 of them aren't operable and myself and kids can't get out of the Jeep with getting help from an outside person to open the door.

- Corpus Christi , TX, USA

problem #12

Aug 272011

Commander 8-cyl

  • 55,550 miles
Purchased 2006 Jeep Commander on 8/20/11 and I do not drive it on a daily. However, after driving for less than an hour on 8/27/11 the dash lit up with the message "transmission over temp", after googling I noticed the transmission message is a common problem in Jeep vehicles, mainly Commanders. I also read that after several "transmission over temp" messages the vehicle will stall, a couple of people reported it doing so in the middle of heavy traffic flow. Also, after stalling the car will not restart until it's left sitting for hours. Some have let their Jeep sit for 4 days before getting it to restart and others for weeks/months. About a month later it rained for the 1st time since I've had the Jeep and I noticed the handrail, located top left above passenger side, was dripping onto the dashboard and the floor was wet as well. Googled the water incident and found hundreds of complaints regarding wet front interior after rain (in Jeep Commanders, various years). Some complained of mold growth and stated there seems to be no solution to the problems; mechanics are stumped at both wet interiors after rain and "transmission over temp" message. Both incidents have made me a bit nervous since I have a 10 year old riding with me majority of the time. I've contacted the Jeep corporation and Jeep asked me to contact NHTSA. Not sure what steps to take at this point.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #11

Sep 252011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 2 miles
I have a 06 Jeep Commander that has been completely shutting down while I'm driving. The rpms go up over 3 and 4 and the gears shifts from high to low. And also my engine light comes on and stays on.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #10

Sep 162011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
The interior door handles on 2006-2007 Jeep Commanders fail when the plastic holding the handle to the door panel breaks, this could lead to not being able to exit the vehicle from the inside in an emergency.

- Madison, MS, USA

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