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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,571 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 windows / windshield problems

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 152013


  • 105,000 miles


Approximately 40 miles from home, on a day with the temperature well below zero degrees Fahrenheit, we rolled our front windows down to talk to our neighbors, who were shopping at the same mall as us. After visiting with them, our windows would not roll back up. Our family had to drive in freezing weather back home, on a Sunday, with the windows rolled down. On the way, by rapidly depressing the windows lock button, while my wife repeatedly pulled up on the front passenger window switch, we got her window to roll up. We never could get the drivers front window to roll up. I replaced the master switch assembly on the drivers door panel, but that did not help. The dealership told me that I probably have multiple broken wires in the wire bundle in the door hinge area. Jeep has not, to my knowledge, addressed this problem at all. The internet forums are chock-full of hundreds and hundreds of consumers that have had, and are having this same problem.

- Sturgis, SD, USA

problem #6

Nov 302012

Commander 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
The door handles began to fall apart creating a hazard. Some of the doors do not open just the drivers for now. I have looked on forums and noticed that this has happened to other owners with the same model. In addition, the back passenger side window rolls up and down on occasion and gets stuck.

- N Richland Hills , TX, USA

problem #5

Nov 152009


  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. Upon restart, the vehicle operated as normal. The vehicle was taken an authorized dealer where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was repaired, by a previous owner, under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 08V203000 (power train:automatic transmission:control module (cm, PCM)). The contact also stated that there was a burning odor coming from the air vents. Since the presence of the burning odor, the air conditioner no longer functioned. There was also a failure within the passenger side window, in which the window would roll down when the button was engaged to make the window roll up, and the interior dome lights would involuntarily turn on and off. The vehicle was not taken to be repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 37,000.

- Bedford, TX, USA

problem #4

Nov 102008


  • 67,000 miles


Had cruise control set to 65 mph on the freeway. Out of nowhere the car began accelerating on its own to reaching speeds of 85 mph. If cruise control is turned on now it accelerates on its own and I MA not able to control the speed at all. Have taken car to dealership but they say nothing is wrong. Front windshield leaks and lets in too much air. I should not have to pay for repairs since it is a defect. Driver side window does not go down. Now rear passenger side window is starting to get stuck. Have replaced driver side switch and the problem still exists. Front passenger window goes down but the driver side which has controls to all the windows does not work for any of the windows. My car accelerates on its own on a daily basis. It can go from 35 mph to uncontrollable speeds. Taken to dealership several times but they never find the problems. Dealership cant even figure out what is wrong with the electrical windows.

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 082008

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
Power window switch sometimes fails to work causing windows to stay stuck in open position.

- Woburn, MA, USA

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problem #2

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 #1

Jul 012007

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 45 mph, the vehicle shut off and there was a total loss of power. The vehicle was able to be restarted. The failure has occurred on four occasions and the dealer has been unable to duplicate the failure. The current mileage was 9,800 and failure mileage was 8,000. The consumer provided the invoices for repair. The dealer stated windows are malfunctioning they only go halfway up and come right back down. Updated 08/22/07

- Aurora, IL, USA

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