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:
18 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
14 / 1
Average Mileage:
76,076 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.

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2006 Jeep Commander seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #7

Feb 092012


  • miles


The airbag sensor for the 2006 Jeep Commanders seems to be a prevalent issue. After doing a web search the issue seems to be predominantly with 2006 Jeep Commanders. The dash airbag light comes in because of a sensor issue. This is irrespective of mileage. Individuals have complained about this issue when the Jeep was as little as a year old.

- Morgan, UT, USA

problem #6

Jul 162011

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
My son was a passenger in his 2006 Jeep Commander when the front driver's side tire blew. The person driving it tried to control the vehicle; however, the vehicle ended up rolling several times. None of the vehicle's airbags deployed. Our concern was specifically the side airbags that are suppose to deploy on a roll over. My son suffered a skull fracture on the right side of his head from hitting his head on the window each time the car rolled over. He also suffered broken clavicle, scapula and humerus on the right side. The passenger suffered whip lash and a slight concussion. My son is permanently blind in his right eye and is going through physical and occupational therapy and will continue to do this for the next several months. We have photos of the vehicle upon request. Jeep did an investigation and sent me a letter stating that the impact was not sufficient to cause the airbags to deploy. I have a concern about this explanation. It is my understanding that the side curtain airbags are to deploy when the vehicle starts the roll over, not on an impact.

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #5

Jun 082009


  • 45,000 miles
October 2008 we purchased a Jeep Commander with warranty from carmax modesto, ca.a number of weeks later the airbag light came on and went off, came back on etc. We took it to car max and made inquiries as to trading it in. During the inspection we were told that they couldn't take it back as there was a problem with the transmission the repair it materialized that the windscreen had been damaged and replaced with all of its wiring etc cut and not replace/repaired at carmax roseville, ca before it was sold to us car max told us this themselves. Jeep fixed the air bag & transmission but carmax insisted that they repair the windscreen, wipers, wiring etc. Before we had the opportunity to turn it in to repair the original repair job the airbag light came back on. 4 weeks ago car max modesto was in receipt of our vehicle and it has yet to be fixed. They couldn't fix it and sent it to Jeep. Jeep couldn't fix it so they contacted Chrysler. We asked them to take back this vehicle; they refused to. When they learned from Jeep & Chrysler that the repair would cost them $6,000 earlier this week they then decided to consider our request. They decided not to. It has taken nearly 4 weeks to find a way to repair the vehicle as the parts required to complete the job are no longer being produced. But apparently they have come up with a way to work around this! our complaint is 1)unethical sales practices I.e. the sale of a faulty vehicle and the assurances from the sales associate with whom we worked that no work of any significance had been conducted on this vehicle even though it had been worked on by carmax. By their own admission it was sold to us faulty 2) they deem it appropriate to return a vehicle to a family of 4 when its airbag functionality is questionable 3) ineffective post purchase care.

- Manteca, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 062008

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The vehicle was parked in the driveway with the gear shifter in the park position. The contact exited the vehicle and it suddenly began to roll without assistance. The vehicle failed to slow down and rolled approximately 1,500 feet across the street, down a hill, and crashed into a deck at another residence. The vehicle turned onto its side. There was an occupant in the rear passenger seat. The air bags failed to deploy with the massive impact. The failure occurred without warning. The occupant sustained minor injuries and there was personal property damage. The vehicle was completely destroyed. The police and ambulance were called to the scene and a police report was filed. The failure and current mileages were 60,000. Updated 03/18/09. Updated 03/19/09.

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #3

Dec 192007

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 35-45 mph, the vehicle crashed into the side of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The vehicle was towed to a body shop. A police report was filed. The front end of the vehicle was damaged and had to be replaced. The reason why the air bags failed has not been determined. The current and failure mileages were 7,000. Updated 01/24/08 Illinois police report. Updated 01/24/08

- Iroquois, IL, USA

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problem #2

Sep 092007

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Since the beginning of ownership, this car has stalled many times (as well as other various and odd electrical problems.) many times I can turn the car off and on and it will restart. This does happen in parking lots and highway speeds as well. I have also lost power steering and brakes when in parking lots at a very slow acceleration speed. I have also had air bag warning lights go on and stay on then randomly shut off. The dealer has tried to help resolve but is limited by Chrysler's ability to recognize that there is a problem. If there is no code in the cars computer, there is no problem and can't be duplicated. If the problem can't be duplicated, there is no repair. But it keeps happening over and over. I have filed a complaint with Chrysler with no resolve. The dealership has had my car and drove it for 3 weeks to try to duplicate the problem. Since it is so random and they just didn't get enough time/miles in, the problem didn't happen. It stalled again about 3 weeks after that pulling out of my driveway. There has been no repair, because Chrysler says there is no problem. I have been in the middle of an intersection with a 15 year old on a permit driving with oncoming traffic. I have had this car since March 2006 and this has been occurring many times repeatedly since then. Not all have been documented and because it occasionally happens on weekends or holidays, I have no ability to get it in to a dealership. In order for them to be able to read a code, I would have to leave the car in a stalled position wherever it occurred and have it towed directly to the dealer. This is highly impractical and unsafe. Especially scary at high speeds on the highway. I do not want to be a casualty of Chrysler's failure to recognize that there are thousands of these vehicles out there doing this exact same thing. Do a "google" search see the #'s! something needs to be done!!!

- Saint Joseph, MI, USA

problem #1

Jan 092007

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 40 mph she was sideswiped by a van on the passenger side which caused the vehicle to roll over three to four times. The contact suffered neck, back and shoulder injuries. The vehicle was destroyed. The airbags in the vehicle did not deploy. The manufacturer stated that the right side airbag did not deploy because the impact was not strong enough to cause deployment. The current and failure mileage were 4,000.

- Staten Islan, NY, USA

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