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 1 of 4)

problem #61

Sep 302016


  • 170,000 miles


I went to start my 2006 Jeep Commander and it would turn over, but it would not start. I finally worked with it a little bit and got it to start, but then my power steering went out. I cut it off and tried it again and everything went back to normal. However, when I got going, there was a horrible gas smell coming from the rear of the vehicle. This starting issue has happened multiple times and every time the power steering goes out. The vehicle was stationary at a public place after it had been running for about 30 minutes.

- Luray, VA, USA

problem #60

Sep 262016


  • 190,275 miles
We have a 2006 Jeep Commander and it sometimes jerks back and forth while driving sometimes it even shifts into neutral and then back to drive the power steering works only part of the time and the airbag system says its off all the time and it will shut off while driving sometimes too really frustrated with this vehicle its a disaster and waiting to happen

- Cornersville, TN, USA

problem #59

Jun 232016


  • 157,460 miles
When I am driving on the main city road or highway I notice about three things that happen all at once. The first thing is I lose control of my steering. The second thing is it feels like my Jeep went into park causing all my wheels to break for 1 to 3 second. The third thing is it feels as the engine stalled. All these things happen at the same time. This causes my Jeep to stop or stall on the road sending me and my passengers to lounge forward as if I had hit an invisible wall at full force.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #58

Oct 272015


  • 62,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 10 mph, the power steering seized and the instrument panel lights illuminated. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system) and stated that the part needed for the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Austin, MN, USA

problem #57

Nov 182015


  • 121,345 miles
Jeep has total loss of power, control, and steering while driving. Car will no start unless in park or neutral, losses all power electrical and steering once you let foot off of the accelerator. I almost ran into another vehicle while heading hope and was nearly rear ended at another intersection due to stalling and no control. All of this happened within hours of ed voyles Jeep replacing the ignition switch P41 recall. Super super dangerous...

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #56

Oct 312014


  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving at 5 mph, the gear shift failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician was unable to determine the failure. However the failure recurred. The contact also stated that the vehicle transmission failed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 145,000. Update 01/15/16

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #55

Sep 082014


  • 80,000 miles


I was driving; the dashboard lit up and the air bag sign said air bags disengaged. Then the car shut off. I restarted it after several attempts. I want to know when are you going to get this problem fixed. I was fortunate in that I was driving slowly in town. But it has shut off a number of times. I keep only the key in the ignition and it has still done that. To me I think if I am driving on the interstate or some other high volume and high speed area and this occurs again causing an accident you will be the ones to blame.

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #54

Jul 182014


  • 71,000 miles
I received a safety recall notice from Chrysler for my Jeep Commander stating that I may experience an unintended change in ignition switch position while driving, which could result in loss of engine power, power steering, and braking, and increases my risk of a crash. I have called Chrysler group recall center 1-800-853-1403, option 6 countless times, unfortunately many times having to hang up after waiting 25 minutes to get through. I have also repeatedly called beyer/Jeep/Chrysler 973-644-3200 and they have been very short with me and tell me the same thing every time I call- they have no date of when the part will be in. When I drive on the highway, I am terrified of losing control of my car. I have seen on the news people that have been in accidents because of this ignition switch and heard that Chrysler has a buyout program. I am interested in finding out about this program because I think that waiting over a year, and with no resolution in sight, is a bit ridiculous and I don't want to become a statistic. Please advice me as to what my next step should be.

- Parsippany, NJ, USA

problem #53

May 172011


  • miles
While driving, I have a total loss of interior electrical. All systems go off although the vehicle continues running. This affects the steering as well as braking. There is nothing consistent about the problem. It has been taken to multiple dealers and they can find no issue. I've even taken in a video recording of the situation.

- Morganton, NC, USA

problem #52

Sep 302014


  • 107,000 miles
In September of 2014 I recently bought a 2006 Jeep Commander. A few weeks after purchasing the vehicle I noticed the car was shutting off when I was at stop signs, red lights, and most seriously when I was driving. I was not sure as to why my car was doing this. I tried everything from a new battery and countless appointments at my mechanic. I was not informed of any type of recall on my car, until I did my own personal research. In may of 2015 I took my car to a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealership to find out when I could order the part for the P-41 recall on my car. I was informed that the part was not available in the country and they were not sure of when it would arrive. I was told the car was "safe" to drive. I was given a few tips: Sit far enough away from the steering wheel so my knees were not close to the key, have the car key only on a ring by itself, always wear my seat belt, and avoid having a front passenger. It was only a matter of 4 weeks until I was experiencing the issue again. I was driving on the highway with my boyfriend and one year old daughter going about 65mph when my car completely shut off, I lost power steering, brakes, and every single light turned on. I had to resort to pulling the E-brake which did not help slow my car down. This was the most serious and dangerous incident, luckily we did not get hurt, or hurt anyone else. As a result, I took my car to another Jeep dealership and was advised the same information that the part was not able to be ordered and given the same tips. I requested a rental for the safety of myself and my daughter. It took me 2 weeks to finally receive a rental. I have had a rental for almost two weeks now and was told by the dealership, by pulling the E-brake it was going to cost me $1600 to fix. I do not feel as if I am responsible for the cost of the repair, considering this was caused by the P-41 recall.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #51

Jul 012015


  • 160,000 miles


Just as I was slowing down to 30 mph to enter a parking lot the entire dashboard lit up and then all lights faded and turned off. The ac turned off and the radio turned off. The car still continued driving but the power steering was gone, causing the car to shake and jolt mid turn. The brakes weren't working as they normally would resulting in a very dangerous situation had any other car been close to me at the time. I took it to my mechanic right away and he tested everything, including the alternator and the battery. Everything was functioning at 100% capacity and he couldn't find a reason for the check engine light to be on. This has happened 3 more times. I am unable to drive the vehicle in fear that it will break down or my family or another driver.

- Leigh High Acres, FL, USA

problem #50

Mar 142014


  • 76,000 miles
Often my whole electrical system will flash on and off and has since Jan 2009. Three times since March of last year vehicle has turned its self off while driving (complete steering loss), fortunately at low speed. Also, in 2010 ( I have repair receipt) my transmission control module went out. I had to pay a $200 copay per request of Jeep to have it replaced, after much argument. They said my particular 2006 Jeep Commander wasn't part of the recall, as was all other failing parts included on 2006 Commander recalls, excepting ignition. Still waiting on ignition fix, its been a year.

- Springdale, AR, USA

problem #49

Jul 072015


  • 114,000 miles
I was driving down the hwy and my vehicle turned off. I lost power steering breaks and was not able to properly maintain control of my vehicle in order to avoid an accident. This had happened twice before this time, and I looked to see that there was a recall on my Jeep for an ingition switch and the the exact discription of what would happen if my car was effected fit my situation. I then called Jeep and advised them of this and they said I neeeded to have it diagnoised by a Jeep dealership. I had the vehicle towed at my expensense and rented a car at my expense. The dealership confirmed my assumption and in fact the issue I was experiencing is part of the recall. Jeep now tells me they don't have the parts and they have not made a decision on whether it's neccessary to provide a replacement vehicle until they have a resolve. Am I supposed to be without a vehicle or potentially drive mine with 3 children, and potentially loose power again causing a loss of control" what I am supposed to do from here"

- University Place , WA, USA

problem #48

Jun 172015


  • 76,000 miles
My vechicle was recall ed over 2 years ago for steering wheel switch and I keep getting letters to come in for repais but they never have parts. My car is unsafe. I want it fixed. I've experienced the incident 5 times.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #47

Jun 212014

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
While driving and turning a left corner resulted in loss of engine power, power steering, and braking. This has happened on several occasions and we have stopped driving the family vehicle due to this safety issue which is not deemed safe to drive especially up and down hills....we had to purchase another vehicle since the recall fix is still not available and won't be for over 1 year!

- Sammamish, WA, USA

problem #46

Mar 242015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn causing the contact to crash into a pole. The contact did not specified if a police report was filed or if any injuries were sustained. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic but was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system) however, the part needed 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 not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- St Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #45

Apr 012010


  • miles
Vechile will turn off while running and brakes and steering will go out, randomly lights, ac and deck lights will flicker on and off. Over temp transmission goes off randomly.

- Gillette, WY, USA

problem #44

Feb 072015

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving the car shut off. No speed or power steering. This occurred on a busy road and a crash was avoided. I have called Chrysler and was told the recall parts are still unavailable.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #43

Dec 262014

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
P41 / NHTSA 14V-438 engine shut off while driving. Removed everything from key chain, and left enough space between knee and key. When car bounces, cannot control knee. Happened more than 5 times past a month. Called Chrysler, have no estimated time for parts production.

- Bozrah, CT, USA

problem #42

Dec 302014


  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 15 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The contact also stated that the brake pedal was depressed and failed to respond. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system) and believed that the failure was related to the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 84,000.

- Leo , IN, USA

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