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:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,428 miles

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #41

Dec 212014

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles


Can you tell me when Chrysler will have parts for my vehicle that is on recall for ignition switch. I am still having problems with the vehicle cutting off while driving. I have the recall notification for some time now and waiting for them to notify me when I can have it repaired. I worry about the vehicle continuing to cut off at any time while driving and may cause an accident with the steering locking up. I enter the date above as today which is not the recall date only to complete this form. Thank you [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #40

Dec 102014

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
While driving the vehicle on a slippery road during a snowfall, my wife observed all of the indicator lights on the dashboard light up simultaneously. Shortly thereafter, the engine shut off, causing a loss of power steering and consequently a loss of control of the vehicle on the slippery roadway. As a result, the vehicle slid into a highway maintenance marker along the shoulder of the road, causing minor damage to the license plate holder and bumper of the vehicle. Our concern is that this incident is apparently due to a defective ignition switch, which is the subject of a current recall (14V-438) issued by the manufacturer on 9/3/14. However, the manufacturer has not provided a remedy for this defect, citing the unavailability of repair parts, and as of this morning the manufacturer has no idea as to when these repair parts will be available. In the meantime, the phenomenon of the dashboard indicators suddenly and spontaneously illuminating while driving continues to recur rather frequently, and we are afraid that a recurrence of the engine shutoff and loss of power steering and brake assist will also recur, perhaps at a time and location where a much more serious crash will result.

- Endicott, NY, USA

problem #39

Dec 062014


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 30 mph, the power steering failed without warning. The specifics of the power steering failure were not available. The contact received NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system) but the recall remedy was not available. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Oldorchard, ME, USA

problem #38

Nov 122014


  • 84,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the engine stalled, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and the brakes failed to engage. The vehicle was taken to dealer. The technician diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system) and believed the failure was directly related to the recall. The contact stated that the part needed to remedy the vehicle was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 84,000.

- Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, USA

problem #37

Nov 142014

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 93,400 miles
Help please!!!!!!! I have come here and filed complaints on this vehicle a few times! there is currently a recall on this vehicle, however there is no solution so we are forced to drive in a very dangerous situation! my Jeep dies on me almost twice a week!!! I am 5'1 my knees are no where near the ignition switch! I have taken off everything from my key ring since it started dying in July!!! today I am in tears! we have snow packed icy roads and my Jeep died as I was turning a corner, barely missing another vehicle and with no power steering I was able to get to a curb. I can put the Jeep in park and restart it, but today was a close call! I drive my children in this vehicle!!! we have no other vehicle that I can use! I cannot responsibly sell this vehicle, I would feel horrible if something happened to another family!!! this Agency is set up to maintain the safety of the consumer, please, please help us who are driving this extremely dangerous vehicle! I am copying this and sending it to whatever media outlet will listen!!!

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #36

Oct 032014


  • 80,000 miles
My Jeep Commander turned off, causing my brakes to fail along with steering and airbags to fail. I crashed into the back of someone towing a pontoon boat. The total cost of damage was over $7,000. My insurance had to cover it. This is because of the recall P41. I have called and complained several times about my dash lights flickering, and my Jeep turning itself off. I was without my vehicle for 3 weeks while it was being repaired. Chrysler needs to get this issue figured out! this could have been a much worse accident had I been on the interstate.

- Rapid City, SD, USA

problem #35

Sep 172014


  • 120,000 miles


2006 Jeep Commander traveling at highway speed 65mph ignition shuts off and loss of power steering. Able to slow to breakdown lane and restart vehicle. This is the second time this has happened Chrysler is no help. I have a 5 month old who was in the vehicle at the time. Its been long enough they should have it figured out. Acceptable time for an issue like this is not 6 months.

- Mashpee, MA, USA

problem #34

Sep 022014

Commander 6-cyl

  • 85,500 miles
Today not 10 minutes after filing my complaint I got in my car and while driving the car stalled after my knee barely touched the key fob. I was paying close attention since I had just read about the investigation.

- Pittsburg, CA, USA

problem #33

Jul 212014

Commander 6-cyl

  • 84,500 miles
On multiple occasions in the last 2-3 months the car has stalled out while driving at speeds over 60 miles an hour. Everything including the lights etc... shutdown when it stalls. After pulling over the vehicle will restart fairly quickly.

- Pittsburg, CA, USA

problem #32

Jul 062013


  • 78,000 miles
Hello, my 2006 Jeep Commander started stalling out over a year ago and has stalled on me on and off various times at different speeds but usually at a higher rate of speed, which has been very scary. I have chosen not to drive the vehicle anymore and now it is sitting in my driveway and I am driving a 1991 Honda because I cannot afford to buy a new car at this time. I just paid this Jeep off and now I cannot drive the vehicle. The dealer fixed the one recall on the vehicle called the front control module and it ran fine for a couple of weeks and now once again the car stalled out while I was headed to a camping trip with my kids a couple months ago going 50 mph and almost caused an accident. I was almost hit by a semi and several cars were honking and trying to avoid my Jeep. I lose all power steering and there are no notifications that the car will stall so it is very scary and dangerous for me and my children. I am so upset that I cannot drive the car and feel safe. I have contacted Jeep and they have a recall for 2006 Jeep Commanders that covers up to January 2006 and my vehicle was made in March so they told me there is nothing they can do. The recall was for the PCM which my car has the same code on the diagnosis but now they are telling me to take it to the dealer and I have to pay for this. I really hope that this situation can be resolved by Jeep stepping up and taking care of this issue for the safety of people.

- New Carlisle , OH, USA

problem #31

Aug 062014

Commander 8-cyl

  • 81,000 miles


Everytime I drive my Jeep it stalls and the wheel locks up (basically turns into manual steering) and my brakes lock up ( no brakes at all) and I had just bought this Jeep a wk go from mcgee Chevrolet in raynham MA. The first night I drove it home it stalled pulling in to the driveway. I called the dealership the next morning to tell them and they wouldn't take the Jeep til the following wk to look at it they came up with every excuse in the world. When I brought the Jeep in today they had me sign a deductible of 100 dollars but yet when I first test drove the Jeep it I told them to fix it but all they did was cleared the codes (flashed the computer) now I have a rejection sticker on the vehicle and no car.

- Mashpee, MA, USA

problem #30

Mar 022014

Commander 8-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
Was driving down road and lost power, car stalled. This has happened a total of 3 times with yesterday being the 3rd event and I was traveling about 55 mph with the last incident.

- Waynesville, NC, USA

problem #29

Jul 062014

Commander 8-cyl

  • 94,696 miles
While driving on Sunday July 6, 2014, my vehicle suddenly shut off and lost power steering. We were able to pull off and restart the vehicle. This happened a couple of times and then seemed to run normal.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #28

Feb 122013


  • 63,837 miles
I was slowing down to make a right hand turn and the car shut off couldn't get it started had to have it towed and had to have ignition switch and assy. Replaced.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #27

May 282014

Commander 8-cyl

  • 102,420 miles
Driving North from detroit with my uncle, passing a semi on I 75 at about 70-75. The engine just quit, likesome turned the key off. Got to the side of the road, put vec. In park started back up drove home. Took Jeep to al serra, S the 29 th got it back 6/2/14 found no reason why it shut down. June 15 th when driving on bristol road at 45 mph it quit again, took it back to al serra, S 2days later got it back, still couldn't find cause.

- Burton, MI, USA

problem #26

Apr 172014

Commander 8-cyl

  • 130,970 miles
My beloved Jeep Commander suddenly shut off while driving at 40mph. With no prior problems or warning signs the engine completely stalled- instantly I lost both power steering & brakes. Needless to say I was terrified. After much confusion & hassle I was told to replace my key. (reason being the 'chip' inside was malfunctioning.) I replaced the $270 key which solved nothing. To my surprise, many Commander owners experience this same problem with no help from Jeep. Not only do Jeep dealerships ignore the potential recall warning on the Commander, but they actually recommend expensive 'solutions' that do not even touch the known problem. It seems as though there are no solutions for this faulty system, given that no dealership can successfully stop the shutting off. There are way too many owners experiencing the same dangerous stall. I cannot in good conscience ignore the fact that this problem goes beyond inconvenience; this is potentially very dangerous and the Jeep Commander needs to be recalled.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #25

Apr 252014

Commander 8-cyl

  • miles
Driving home from work yesterday, when my steering wheel suddenly locked and truck started dying, and I almost hit a guard rail. Turned the engine completely off and tried to turn the engine back on, but my truck would not start. Had the truck towed to the dealer that day 04/25/2014. Received a call from the dealer on today's date 04/26/2014; truck needs a new tipm module. A new tipm module was just put in my truck at the same dealer a few days short of a year ago (04/27/2013). Problem is so common with Chrysler that the module is on back order (nationally). There is no recall for this issue and it is seriously dangerous! I have read other complaints in regards to the tipm module (lawsuits as well). Does someone have to die before Chrysler does something? I am now afraid to drive my vehicle after the new tipm module is put in (whenever that will be) or to have passengers ride in my vehicle. Please please please help before someone is seriously injured or killed. I have no idea what I'll do to get back and forth to work because module is on back order and the dealer does not do loaners.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #24

Apr 022014


  • 70,000 miles
The vehicle randomly shuts off. The dash gauges flicker and/or go off for a brief time. If breaks are engaged at that time, ABS stops. If headlights are on auto, they turn off. If turning a hard left or right (such as turning into a driveway, turning on to a street, parking) power steering stops working. If the lights are on but not on auto the lights stay on. The radio stays on. These symptoms would indicate that there is a problem with the ignition switch. When this issue occurs, it seems to stop by pushing on the key. This has happened multiple times. After visiting this page, a log will be created to record date, time, and speed. This is a huge safety issue. After much research many users of internet forums for Jeep, complain about this issue (reference urls can be provided). The NHTSA campaign number: 14V047000 sounds very similar in nature. Could the NHTSA look in to the parts being the same?

- Winterville, NC, USA

problem #23

Dec 282013


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the steering wheel became very difficult to maneuver and caused her to lose control of the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the vehicle veered off the roadway and crashed into several trees. A police report was not filed of the incident. The contact mentioned that the front passenger and a rear passenger were air lifted from the scene for treatment of severe injuries. The contact mentioned that both passengers had to undergo several surgeries to reconstruct the muscled in their legs which were damaged in the crash. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed and was not inspected to determine the cause of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 120,000.

- Saylorburg, PA, USA

problem #22

Mar 112014

Commander 8-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
While driving the Commander at various speeds everything suddenly turns off. Acceleration is immediately decreased and all dashboard functions are gone. I have to shift to neutral and re-start the engine, all while still driving. This is very dangerous. I have had this car for 2 months.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

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