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:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,357 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Jeep Commander transmission problems

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #11

Jun 202008


  • 28 miles


I purchased my 2006 Jeep Commander 3.7 4X4 in 2007 as a demo. It had 18,000 miles on it when I bought it and now is has 28,000. I have not driven it very much as you can tell by the mileage, and it has only had to have two oil changes (every 3,000 miles) and is almost due for another. I have been having issues for three weeks now, 1. first it stalled in traffic when I was doing about 30 mph. 2. the engine light came on and stayed for a day, went off and came back on two days later and has been on since. 3. when driving, the car will shift really hard into second gear for no reason. On the 3rd of July it started doing all sorts of weird shifts and stalls, I made an appointment with the dealer tomorrow, and I have not driven it since the 3rd of July because I am worried about breaking something.

- Powell, TN, USA

problem #10

Feb 012006


  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact has been experiencing frequent failure with the transmission slipping. The vehicle also stalls. The contact stated that the slipping, stalling, and vibration occur weekly. The failure mileage was 4,000.

- North Webster, IN, USA

problem #9

Mar 112008

Commander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2006 Chrysler Jeep Commander---- for two years now it has an idle issue, car acts like its going to stall, RPM gauge fluctuates when this occurs, have given Chrysler 11 opportunities to fix this problem, and they do not have a fix. Filed lemon, was told by the board my vehicle has a condition, however does not qualify as a lemon. Also has a shudder in transmission accelerating between 30 and 40 mph.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #8

Dec 052007

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,122 miles


November 24 evening leaving fuji (children in car) November 30 morning on way to work ? hit mailbox (baby in car) December 5 morning on way to work ? dies turning out of subdivision and stalls in middle of street (baby in car) there was one other instance when I had all kids with me?it was prior to Nov 24 but I do not recall the actual date all of the instances the engine stalled, the lights (when on) went out, I lost the ability to steer and brake as well. The mph ranged from 4 or 5 mph to 35 mph. There were times when it was warm and days that it was cold. Nothing seemed to standout as a possible "trigger" I took car to dealer after the November 24th incident. Tony in the service department said there was really nothing that they could do unless it was a problem they could "make happen" when they drove it. A few days later I wrecked into a mailbox when my Jeep stalled and I lost steering and braking capability....I am lucky it was not head on with a large truck or a tree.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #7

Mar 202007

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 30-35 mph, the vehicle shut off without warning. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. As of November 5, 2007, the dealer had not repaired the vehicle. The contact stated that the vehicle would not shift correctly and he heard a grinding noise coming from the engine. The dealer stated that the vehicle needed a new transmission. They replaced the transmission. The failure mileage was 3,000 and current mileage was 11,730. The consumer stated a new transmission put in the vehicle and new bearings in the transfer case. The consumer stated a new power steering pump, new brake calipers, and the consumer stated there are still electrical problems with the vehicle. Updated 11/20/07

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #6

Nov 152006

Commander 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
I purchased a 2006 Jeep Commander last year. I have had the following items replaced on my Jeep front passenger interior door panel. Strange noise coming from my car that sounded like playing cards in bike tires ended with replacing front axel ring and pinion. Car kept popping out of gear the entire gear shift was replaced. My passenger window had to be fixed it kept sticking halfway up. I had a problem where my car kept stalling. I was told the first time that no error appears on the computer and Jeep knew of no issue with cars stalling so maybe it was bad gas. It died several more times and finally they did replace a part inside the idol. I also had an issue where my headlights kept turning off as I drove or would flash on and off. They replaced the headlight switch. I have had the rubber stripping from my back driver side window come off and now it is occurring on the passenger side. From the beginning I have told them I do not feel my transmission is working properly that it shifts hard and when I shift from reverse to drive there is a big hesitation. I have been told no error is appearing on computer and that Jeep as usual has no known issues so they had no suggestions. Once again they thought it was a gas issue moving from winter to summer blend. The last time I had it in when it was stalling I told them it the transmission was still hesitating and would make a pop noise at times then it would go. It is still occurring and at times the car acts like it might not shift into drive. I am satisfied with how my dealership is working with me they are doing their best to help me. I blame Jeep/Chrysler all you have to do is search the web to see that there are so many others just like me with the exact same issue. They need to recall these cars now and if they can not find the problem then replace them for us.

- Wyoming, IL, USA

problem #5

Jun 102007

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


I won a 2006 Jeep Commander and had some major problems, most notiably transmission failures and stalling while driving. The problem had picked up. Jeep denied there was a problem., but the dealership staff was seeing this alot. Last week I was driving with my family on a winding road in the mountains with a boat in tow and the vehicle stalled. Thankfully, I was able to pull to the side and not go over the edge. Then, today it happened again in traffic at 40 mph. I had to put in neutral while driving and restart. Please do something. The dealer would not help, and said it wa S Jeep's problem. The Jeep representative stated they do not have a problem with stalling.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #4

Jun 052007

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,210 miles
From new, I have noted an issue with the transmission of my Commander when stopped on an incline. The vehicle drifts backward unless you apply the brake. Several times I have left it drift a foot or so to see if it would stop drifting, but it was usually not safe to let it continue. Obviously applying the brake is the normal thing you would do when stopped at a stop sign or traffic light anyway, so I didn't consider it a real problem. I reported it to my dealership, and they checked the tcm for any errors or problems, claiming they found none. I asked if they could please check it again, test drive it, etc., and they reported that after further investigation into service bulletins or issues they saw a recommendation based on a number they found on the transmission or tcm that a "flash" of the tcm should be performed. They report that this was done. Today, upon receiving the vehicle back from the dealership, I tested the vehicle to see if this condition had been fixed. Today I found a safe location to test, and this time I let the vehicle continue to drift backward. To my surprise, it continued to drift for about 15 feet, and the vehicle actually stalled. I did this twice with the same results. I have not had any incidents or accidents related to this issue, but I do feel that it is not correct behavior and believe it should be investigated. I cannot really even think of any situations where this would cause an accident unless there was a brake failure or something, or if the vehicle couldn't be restarted after a stall. I am just reporting this very odd behavior for an automatic transmission. I can re-create this problem at any time.

- Aspers, PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 012007

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
At approx 29K my 2006 Jeep Commander began acting like it was going to stall out while the engine idled whether in park or drive. It also would act like it was going to stall if I were turning and hit a curb or bump. Examples of when this happened: 1. at night, my engine was running, the car was in drive with my foot on the brake and my door was open; the interior lights began to dim and the engine almost cut off. 2. I was turning right from one road to another and hit the curb and the engine almost stalled. 3. I was stopped at an intersection waiting to turn right onto a road when the engine almost stalled. 3. I was parked with the engine running idle at a gas station looking for my atm card when the engine almost stalled. These instances seem to happen every couple of weeks. The Jeep has been to 2 different dealers three different times for this and they told me that they can't replicate the problem and that my alternator is working at the correct amps. In addition, I have had transmission leaks and my family was left stranded 6 hours away due to a transmission problem that one dealer said was the mistake of another when they fixed my transmission leak.

- Taneytown, MD, USA

problem #2

Apr 012007

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
My wife was preparing to merge into traffic from a parking lot on a busy street in our hometown. In this particular parking lot there is a telephone pole near the egress portion of the parking lot. As she was pulling out the vehicle stalled, causing complete loss of control of steering and braking causing the vehicle to strike the telephone pole causing some damage to the Jeep. We purchased this vehicle because we felt it would be safe for our family of 5, myself, my wife and my three young girls under the age of 8. I have lost all confidence in the safety of this vehicle and I refuse to put my family in jeopardy with this vehicle, this vehicle has done this many times before and the dealer can not find a fix. I have contacted an attorney and he has taken my case as a lemon law claim will be filed. This vehicle has had numerous other problems since the week we brought it home. I have always owned Jeep, from CJ's to Cherokee and now the Commander, I have always been happy with the Jeep legacy but I have lost all faith in the new Jeep. Please help before someone gets killed in this Jeep.

- Fayetteville, WV, USA

problem #1

May 022007

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
Car frequently stalls. Dealer has been unable to fix it. Ongoing for several months. The car has been in at least five times for this problem.

- Chester, NJ, USA

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