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:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,935 miles

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #39

Oct 022016


  • 145,000 miles


Rear seatbelt latches are breaking, and susceptible to breakage. The orange release button on the seatbelts break easily. My concern is that it will happen when there's an emergency and the occupant may not be able to exit the vehicle due to the defective material in the latch release, possibly trapping the occupant. I suspect that the material used for these plastic release latches was incorrectly specified, and became brittle over time.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #38

Sep 272016


  • 60,000 miles
Seat belt warning chime continually sounds when front driver or passenger seat belts are latched, the seats are occupied, and the vehicle is in motion.

- Grapevine, TX, USA

problem #37

Sep 132015


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the transmission, the catalytic converter, and the windshield wipers failed. The contact also stated that the vehicle failed to shift gears and the seat belt failed to retract. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission solenoid and the catalytic converter sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the seat belt and the windshield wiper motor were not replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #36

Jul 012014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. When the vehicle was started, the air bag warning light illuminated continuously. In addition, the driver and passenger seat belts failed to retract. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the seat belts needed to be replaced, but the air bag failure was undetermined. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #35

Oct 222015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V461000 (air bags, seat belts); 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 contact had not experienced a failure.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

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problem #34

Feb 192014


  • 92,000 miles
I purchased my Jeep Commander on February 12, 2014. A week after I purchased it my check light came on so I took it back to the dealership. It was for my catalytic converter. The people in the garage stated it was just a sensor and not to worry about it I told them to fix it while it was still covered under my warranty. They wouldn't. the next day all of the dome lights and dashboard lights in my truck started flickering while driving down the road. (still does it to this day). Soon after my brakes went out on me while driving down the road with my kids so I had to get the calipers and everything changed. Next it was the windows they all stopped working. The end of January 2015, while driving down the road again with my children, all of the lug nuts and bolts fell off of my tire rear passenger side tire. I ended up calling the tow truck and took it back to the dealership where I bought it. $2500 and two weeks later I get my truck back, have it for a day & it starts jerking on my way to work. They fixed everything that had to do with my tires and suspension. They also inform me I need my catalytic converter changed after they told me not to worry about it it's just the sensor acting funny. (it could've been fixed when I asked them to do it while it was covered under my warranty) now my lights start flashing my wheel speed sensors aren't working and is messing with my ABS system and traction. They just tell me to shut the traction off while I'm driving it should fix the problem. I end up taking it back in the shop. A month later I'm driving home from work and my serpentine belt busts and I lose control of my truck. Another $500 dollar job. Present day, my truck is back in the shop for a routine brakes and rotors fix and they call and say I need my outer tirods fixed and rear axle something. I've put more money into this truck than I've paid for it in the past year.

- Salamanca, NY, USA

problem #33

Jul 012014


  • 70,000 miles


Both front seat belts do not operate as expected. In order to use them, one must depress the red unlatch button in order to insert metal buckles into the latches. I am writing to report the seat belt operational hazard as it appears from some research that this is a common problem on this model and similar year range Jeep Grand Cherokee models.

- Lake Mary, FL, USA

problem #32

Nov 032014

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
To whom this may concern, I called back in late 2014 about a problem I was having, I was told that when the part was made I would receive a call to bring my car in to be fixed. Well it keeps on happening again in January and now more then three time in February. I am now going to be in contact with a lawyer and together we will be documenting everything. I am a family of five and my car is not safe. Your company is giving me the run around and it is your responsibility. These things that are happening with my car is filed from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with recall report electrical system, electrical system: Ignition: Switch and rear seat belts. My car keeps on shutting off. I have had myself and my children in the car when this has happened. I saved us too many times. There has been times when my car shut down and I lost breaks and steering. There was multi times when I am driving and all of my lights start going crazy. Now I have a problem that I tried starting my car and the lights go on but my ignition will not turn on the car. Another phone call was made to the corporate office and the dealership to complain again. We where told that they are still waiting for the parts to come in they are on back order. Every day I have to drive this car with and without my children we are at risk. Your responsible, I have had two other Jeep and loved them never had a problem like this before. So I don't know what else to do I need to work and Transport my children to and from different school/sports activities. If something happens to me or my family it will lie on you and your company. Enough is enough I am scared for my life and my children please help me!!!!!

- Stony Point , NY, USA

problem #31

Nov 262014


  • 102,000 miles
I have to hold the red latch in order to buckle and the seat belt light constantly chimes while driving.

- Escondido , CA, USA

problem #30

Sep 132014


  • 90,000 miles
My daughters were in the 3rd row seating when they went to buckle their seatbelts and they would not click in. They were both broken and would not stay attached. The plastic casing is falling off of them and they are not safe. The 3rd row right seat would not fold down. The latch that should be pulled would not engage and now the seat will not fold down. Lastly, the drivers side interior door handle crumbled inward and is not able to be used to open the door. I took my car to the dealer and they stated that it was my problem as it is not covered under the extended care warranty I purchased for $2500 and I would have to pay $700 for the door handle and $300 for seat belts and $100 for the seat to fold. I explained that the above was all safety issues and should be fixed by manufacturers and they said that it wasn't covered. I even told them that I saw the recalls and they told me that it wasn't for my Jeep. This needs to be fixed by the manufacturer and considered a recall.

- Loudonville , NY, USA

problem #29

Aug 062013

Commander 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


3rd row seatbelt, passenger side, will not come out and cannot be used. 2nd row seatbelts have deteriorated to needing replacement.

- Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA

problem #28

Apr 192014

Commander 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
My eight year-old daughter was sitting in the third-row seat on the passenger side as we drove down the freeway. She leaned forward in her seat and the metal part of the seat belt retractor completely broke off above the bolt and below the buckle. This car was involved in a minor fender-bender two years ago (with no one sitting in that seat),but is otherwise accident-free. As a mother of four small children, this malfunction is of extreme concern. I do my best to comply with all the car seat laws, but what does it matter if the seat belts themselves fail?

- Holladay, UT, USA

problem #27

Feb 032014

Commander 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The seat belt on the third row right side seat is completely stuck tight against the seat. This has to be a defect because we rarely use the third row seats on my vehicle. Worst part is that I have small children that could have been hurt very badly because of the seat belt. Furthermore, the seat belts on the second row seats are completely falling apart because of the low quality plastics being used by Jeep. One seat belt on the second row has become completely useless because it just wont click in anymore. I have 2 other vehicles (2006 Ford F150, 2005 Ford Focus) with which I have no trouble with the seat belts at all. In fact, the seat belts on my two other vehicles look as good as new and my children ride in them just as much as they ride my 2006 Jeep Commander. I have contacted Chrysler and my local dealership to no avail. I notified both about the danger of my 5 and 9 year old children riding in the vehicle but have gotten no positive responses. I am writing to this government Agency before I go spend hundreds of dollars to get the seat belts fixed. Please respond back.

- Laredo, TX, USA

problem #26

Sep 112013


  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the front driver and rear passenger's side seat belts failed latch properly. Also, the contact stated that the rear passenger's side interior door handle became fractured. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was advised that the seat belts and the door handles needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 74,000 and the current mileage was 79,000.

- Denison , TX, USA

problem #25

May 132013

Commander 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
My 8 year old niece was buckling her seatbelt in the third row when the locking mechanism of the seat belt broke off in her hand. What would have happened in (god forbid) an accident? it sure wouldn't have restrained her!

- Pittsfield, PA, USA

problem #24

Nov 132013

Commander 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The third row seat, seatbelt broke, where the belt plugs in at the bottom of the seat. It snapped of while my four year old tried to buckle up a week or so ago. This was such a potentially dangerous problem. What would have happened if it snapped while in a vehicle accident" my boy would have probably been killed. While looking online I found multiple recalls on the vehicle, one being the exact same seatbelts. I called barnett Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Kia in maplewood, mn, who said they would help me out with one recall, but said the seatbelt issue didn?T relate to my VIN. I was basically told that I was responsible to foot the bill for their faulty product. Does this sound right? is there some type of moral obligation or law that helps us out from being screwed over in this sense" please get back, were taking the vehicle in tomorrow. We rely on this vehicle, there are six people in our family (four young children) and this is our family vehicle.

- Maplewood, MN, USA

problem #23

Oct 112013


  • 113,700 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that when entering the vehicle, the passenger's third row seat belt would not latch properly. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 113,700.

- Kyle, TX, USA

problem #22

Oct 132013

Commander 6-cyl

  • 117,618 miles
We were driving along and started breaking to prepare to stop, when my 9 year old son, who was seated in the third row passenger seat, says "mom, my seat belt just broke." I turn to see what he was talking about and he handed me the whole buckle, the part that the seat belt clicks into. I was horrified. Luckily we hadn't been in an accident or even stopped fast. I call the manufacturer to see what we needed to do. They told me my vehicle wasn't under warranty and they wasn't any recalls for that issue. They stated I needed to take it to a dealer to see if there was a defect. So, I did and they just told me I need to replace the part and it would cost over $300, which I don't have to spare. I ask why I would have to pay when it was clearly a defect and it's law that to have working seat belts, he said Chrysler would not pay for it. The metal piece that holds it to the car or to some other piece was severed. I believe it is from the folding system. Obviously there is a problem has I have seen other complaints, none as severe as mine, and a recall that was similar to my issue. Something needs to be done and the manufacturer needs to be held accountable.

- Cumberland, RI, USA

problem #21

Oct 132013

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,475 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while coming to a stop the vehicle, the passenger's third row seatbelt latch fractured. The vehicle was inspected but, not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 117,475. Updated 11/19/13 updated 11/26/2013

- Cumberland, RI, USA

problem #20

Jun 012012


  • miles
I have a 2006 Jeep Commander, about 6 months after I purchased the used vehicle the 2nd row seat belts locked in to place & won't come out. I can not bring all my children with me and it is a huge safety issue that the seat belts do not work. I saw there was a recall on the 3rd row & feel there should be a recall on the 2nd row as well. The seat belts were not abused & were barely used & not can not be used at all. I am trying to get ahold of daimler Chrysler to get this safety issue fixed but so far have not gotten anywhere. Bottom line this is a safety issue and manufacture defect with the seat belts.

- Oldsmar, FL, USA

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